Nicholas Sparks is a name brand. In a kind frame of mind, you could even call him reliable. His romances, designed to milk as many tears out of an audience as he can extract, have been consistent box-office successes since The Notebook
made Ryan Gosling a sex symbol. His latest, Safe Haven
, offers no surprises.
Former Dancing With the Stars hoofer Julianne Hough stars as Katie, a pretty, dark-haired twentysomething who, as the movie opens, flees from a crime scene, taking shelter at the home of a kindly next-door neighbor, changing her hair color, and then hopping a bus to Atlanta. She eventually lands in a rural North Carolina town where ...