A dramatic romance that tugs at the heart strings, the touching novel Safe Haven by bestselling author Nicholas Sparks is about a young woman named Erin who feels trapped in an abusive marriage and is motivated by a desperate need to seek refuge from her violent husband Kevin, a man whose emotional problems are clearly out of control. One day after a particularly hurtful physical encounter, she's convinced that not only is he incapable of loving her, but unless she escapes his clutches he might take her life in a drunken rage.
Yet she's extremely afraid to rouse his suspicion, as having tried to run away before she knows if he catches her she will never escape again. Then suddenly, a neighbor's family member named Katie who was acquainted with Erin and bore a resemblance to her passes away of illness, and Erin is there to express her condolences. In a quiet moment of grief, she instinctively slips into the deceased's room unnoticed, opens a private drawer and finds official documents that will disguise her identity.
After several months of pretending to still love her husband and patiently enduring his bouts of anger while scrambling to conceal the loose change found in his pockets, Erin has collected enough money for the bus fare out of state. She decides to make her move at the first snowfall, knowing that her tracks will be covered before he returns home for dinner...
She cuts her hair, dyes it a different color and packs only the most essential items to sustain her for a few days. As a critical step, Erin adjusts the phone settings to make it appear as if though she is there to answer when Kevin calls so as to allow enough time to make a getaway undetected. She escapes first to New York, then to Southport, North Carolina.
Taking a job as a waitress under her new name, Katie finds residence in a small cottage where she gets to know a compassionate woman named Jo who lives in the cottage across the way. Soon after that she meets Alex, a widowed shopkeeper and devoted father of two beautiful children. There is a mutual attraction between them, though she initially remains secretive for fear of being found out.
In the course of events Alex falls deeply in love with Katie and for the first time she feels a true sense of happiness in her courageous decision to leave Kevin. And though he does eventually track her down, this time she has gathered the strength to withstand his brutal attacks... finally, in a gripping, suspenseful resolve the endangered protagonist rises triumphant.
Another superbly well told story by a master storyteller, 'Safe Haven' has been adapted for the screen and is available online at Amazon and at Chicagoland movie stores.