“Maybe I don't want to be defined by what I do. Maybe I'd like to be defined by what I am.” (76)
"The cabin was small, but she liked it. It made her feel safe." (47)
“That's the thing about life. A lot of the time, it isn't easy at all. We just have to try to make the best of it.” (67)
CHARACTERIZATION The protagonist of this novel is Katie. She is the main character and the most important character. She came from an abused home and has an awful past but tries to manage her way into Southport to start a new beginning.
“because the past was always around her and might return at any time. It prowled the world searching for her, and she knew it was growing angrier at every passing day.” (125)
IMAGERY Katie rents a small cottage in Southport. The rent includes the cottage furnishings. The cottage sits at the end of a gravel road, with another identical cottage nearby. The two cottages are former hunting cabins that are up against a wooded area.
"...And to think it all started with a bike. I thought you said that was him being southern. That was him making a move." (100)
THEME always perservere or never quit, no matter what life throws at you.
Creator.”Storyboard That,Storyboard That, www.storyboardthat.com/. Prototypes, LLCClever. “The World's Best Sparks, Nicholas. Safe Haven. Grand Central Pub.2010
FLASHBACK Katie has many moments throughout where she thinks back to the time where her husband abused her and she had to stab him to get away.
SYMBOLISM One piece of symbolism is the bike Alex left for her I think it symbolizes a new begging and friendship. Just like when you leave a seed and a new tree grows.