I am a giant Nicholas Sparks fan and this book is definitely one of my favorites from his line-up!
Safe Haven presents a good mixture of light-hearted fun, with humor, suspense, love story, and individual growth of characters. The story touched me and I definitely cried several times during my reading of the book (the end was a giant bawl-fest).
One of the best parts about Sparks' books is his ability to weave in the unsuspected, but make it fit; make it real; make it blow you away after catching you totally off guard! Safe Haven definitely had that aspect and there were a few items that sneaked up on me and one that stood out above all the rest...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE.
One question I find in many of the book groups both online and off is, "Which is your favorite fictional couple?". I have stuck with Landon and Jamie from A Walk to Remember, also by N. Sparks, for years. I think I may be updating that answer because I am in LOVE with Katie and Alex now!