Ladies (and a few gents!), get ready for Nicholas Sparks’ new romantic contribution in film. It is the time for Safe Haven to land at the port of the big screens near you. One would think that Nicholas Sparks would get tired about writing about love, fluff, and the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships. This has proven untrue throughout the years, since 1996 in fact. Out of his 16 original novels, half of them have been turned into films. The next turn goes to the romantic thriller Safe Haven, which stars professional dancer and actress Julianne Hough and the always hunky Josh Duhamel. The film has some relatively new faces in its supporting roles, but you will probably recognize How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders and Revolution‘s David Lyons.

Here’s what’s happening in Safe Haven, a young woman with a mysterious past (Hough) lands in Southport, North Carolina where her bond with a widower (Duhamel) forces her to confront the dark secret that haunts her. The film trailer has the secret looking ambiguous at the moment, but if I were to bet all my money, I would say that Hough’s character is running away from an abusive husband or boyfriend….

Turns out, I am a winner! Safe Haven is indeed dealing with the difficult topic of domestic abuse. I can just tell that if I actually go pay money to see this, I will bawl my eyes out. That is, if the leading on-screen couple actually have any chemistry and make this believable enough to not distract me. Here’s hoping!

By Beth Colon