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Julie grows up in an abusive home and is forced to run away at sixteen. A man named Jim discovers her and offers her a job and a place to stay. Julie goes with him, becomes a hair stylist and falls in love with Jim. Soon after they are married Jim dies of a brain tumor and leaves Julie with a Great Dane she names Singer. When Julie finally starts to date again, Jim's best friend Mike becomes interested. Julie dates Richard Franklin, an engineer.
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Julie becomes worried when Richard acts strangly when she breaks up with him to go out with Mike. Julie falls in love with Mike. Julie starts to notice Richard following her. Richard thinks Julie is meant to be with him. Mike and Richard get in a fight. The police get involved.
The review of this Book prepared by Karen Wright

Julie Berenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he passed away-a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again.

Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome engineer? Or would it be Mike, the gentle, and loving friend of her late husband's? Instead, Julie is fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a very chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire.
The review of this Book prepared by Boppy

The Guardian is about a woman Julie and a man Mike who are friends. Mike likes Julie but Julie starts going out with Richard. When Julie realizes she likes Mike, she breaks up with Julie only to realize Richard is a stalker and will do anything to have her.
The review of this Book prepared by Bansihed Dreamer

Warner, Apr 2003, 24.95, 384 pp.
ISBN: 0446527793

In Swansboro, North Carolina four months after her cherished husband Jim passed away, Julie Barenson receives the puppy and note from beyond. Knowing he was dying, Jim's only regret was how lonely his beloved Jules would be, as she had no one to turn to for solace. Jim arranged for Jules to have the puppy and vows to watch over her. Because she knows that Jim would want her to sing Christmas carols she names her puppy Singer.

Four year later, Julie nearing her thirtieth birthday feels ready to start dating. Two men court Julie. Richard Franklin seems perfect, yet Singer detests him and Julie has doubts though the dates have been quite extravagant. Jim's best friend, Mike Harris, has been there especially since her beloved died and Singer adores him. Julie is much more comfortable with Mike than Richard, but should she risk her best friendship for a second chance at love or should she go for the more exciting Richard? As Julie decides her future, a stalker threatens her.

THE GUARDIAN starts slowly as Nicholas Sparks purposely enables the reader to fully comprehend what makes Julie tick before the story line switches into full speed whether it is a romantic scene or a stalking moment. Her two beaus are fully developed along with Singer and through memories of others insight into Jim is provided. Still, Julie, as the center of the plot, is a fabulous lead protagonist who will gain much empathy from an audience that will appreciate Mr. Sparks' exhilarating dark romantic suspense.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man-two women    -   one woman-two men Action/suspense subplot?    -   Yes Action:    -   chased by/chasing kidnapper/killer Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   angst over dead lover Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   out for emotional revenge If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   mature

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   small businessman Effect of sexing    -   mature


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

How explicit is the sex?    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on 3 in a l-triangle How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   3-4 sex acts

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