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'The Guardian'
By: Nicholas Sparks
(Hardcover / 224 Pages / Warner Books / ISBN: 0446527793 / $24.95)

Description: The #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Nights in Rodanthe' explores a darker realm of the heart in an explosive and emotional tale of love and obsession. At 29, Julie Barenson is too young to give up on love. Four years after her husband's tragic death, she is finally ready to risk giving her heart to someone again. But to whom? Should it be Richard Franklin, who is handsome and sophisticated and treats her like a queen, or Mike Harris, who is Julie's best friend in the world, though not as debonair?

Verdict: With the exception of 'A Walk To Remember', I have read each and every one of Nicholas Sparks's books. Like most readers, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Notebook' and especially, my personal favorite, 'Message in a Bottle.' 'Nights in Rodanthe' was terrible and enough to make me never want to read him again, however, I heard about 'The Guardian' and wanted to give it a chance. Let's just say it took a long time to get into the book. Sparks's writing style is extremely boring containing very simple language. If you want an author who is easy to read and whose writing is not too filled with substance, then he is yours! I prefer a book with good use of language and vocabulary, good flow, substance - just a good book! Sparks's novels, in my opinion, are just too amateur. Anyway, once I got into the book after wanting to quit several times, it actually got good with the suspense. This is not typical of Sparks and I did finally start enjoying it. Yes, it did take that same 'ole predictable stance, however, I still caught myself getting into it and wanting to know what was going to happen next! If you've already got a stack of good books awaiting you, by all means don't read 'The Guardian' now. If you are bored and want something to read, then do read this one, just know it will get better!.
Reviewed By Carly Minor