The first one was Safe Haven by the popular Nicholas Sparks. From the Amazon book description,
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.I wanted to read this book before I saw the movie. I found it to be a quick, and enjoyable read. It is a book that would be great for the beach chair or the train. The movie was also good. The only big difference was the actions done by the abusive husband. I give the book and the movie three stars.
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.
I completed another book yesterday called Into The Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes. From Amazon,
I like psychological thrillers and this book hit the spot. I enjoyed reading the thought process of the main character as she tries to deal with the past and live in the present. I give this book 4 stars. I read the kindle edition which had a few mistakes, but nothing major.
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I am really enjoying the book reviews from Rae Gun Ramblings. Marissa also makes cute jewelery and accessories featuring the books she loves.
You really should listen to the Books on the Nightstand podcast. I have read several great books they recommended.