Love hurts. There is
nothing as painful as heartbreak. But in order to learn to love again, you must
learn to trust again.
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