Den norska bokbloggaren “Flukten fra virkeligheten” har varje söndag en rolig liten utmaning där man ska skriva ner en liten smakbit av boken man läser för tillfället. Just nu läser jag bland annat ”Safe Haven” av Nicholas Sparks.
When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
Jo had obviosly known that his wife had died, but hadn’t said anything. Odd. Alex didn’t notice that her mind had wandered. ”Thank you,” he said, his voice subdued. ”She was a great person. You would have liked her.” A wistful expression crossed his face. ”But anyway,” he finally added, ”she swore by the place. It’s organic, and the family still harvests by hand. Usually, the produce is gone within hours, but I set a little aside for you, in case you wanted to try some.” He smiled. ”Besides, you’re a vegetarian, right? A vegetarian will appreciate these. I promise.”
She squinted up at him. ”Why would you think I’m a vegetarian?”
”Oh,” he said, pushing his hands into his pockets. ”My mistake”.