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To the editor:
After reading Caroline Curran’s review of Nicholas Sparks’ book, “Safe Haven,” I was very disappointed on what was written. I am an RN in an emergency room and my mother has been a director in domestic shelters for 30 years, and yes, “Safe Haven” is not reality, but I never knew that Nicholas Sparks was trying to write non-fiction.
I thought it was a fabulous book, as [are] all of Nicholas Sparks’ works. I love the fact that he takes a serious subject like domestic violence and death in Iraq (“The Lucky One”), and you loved “The Notebook,” which brings Alzheimer’s into view, but still makes it an enjoyable story at the end.
If Sparks was wanting to be a non-fiction writer, his character Katie would have never gotten out of town before her husband actually shot her. Or, if she were brave enough to go to a real shelter, someone or she would be so depressed that they would have set the shelter on fire (true story).
If Katie went to Southport instead of a shelter, she wouldn’t have met the lovely Alex, because Katie’s self-esteem would have been so low that she would have met the Southport drunk and he would be beating her up in two weeks.
Now, would you rather that Mr. Sparks write about that? No, I am glad that he gives me a few moments of non-reality in his books, instead of the news.
In real life, there really aren’t many couples out there like Noah and Allie. Unfortunately, I have been touched by that disease in my family, but I, too, loved “The Notebook” because it wasn’t reality.
Get a grip! Nicholas Sparks is a fantastic writer, and remember, he is a fictional novelist. I will always read what he writes, but not so sure I will read what you write anymore. If you want a sad ending and reality, read his latest book, “The Best of Me.”