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by Nicholas Sparks

  • ISBN: 0751535400
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Nicholas Sparks
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
  • Other formats: docx mbr txt lit
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sphere (October 9, 2003)
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • FB2 size: 1110 kb
  • EPUB size: 1860 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 728
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I admit, Nicholas Sparks got me with The Notebook. I was 22, sitting alone in the back of my parents car coming home to Pennsylvania after visiting relatives in Illinois, and I devoured the whole thing, sobbing so much my parents almost pulled over the car. He totally got me, reeled me in.

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. The riveting New York Times bestselling tale of romance and suspense with an edge-of-your-seat conclusion ( Booklist ). Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro.

The Guardian is the seventh novel by the American writer Nicholas Sparks. The book is a romance/thriller about a Great Dane named Singer who is the pet of a widow named Julie who is trying to find a new life partner

The Guardian is the seventh novel by the American writer Nicholas Sparks. The book is a romance/thriller about a Great Dane named Singer who is the pet of a widow named Julie who is trying to find a new life partner. Among those she considers are Mike, an old friend of hers, and Richard, a successful manager.

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Swept off your feet and into a nightmare. A powerful blend of love story, betrayal and obsession, The Guardian is written with electrifying intensity, playing with your emotions at every turn. Eleven of his novels have been adapted into major films - The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, The Last Song, Dear John, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook and The Choice.

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers.

Since her husband's tragic death fours years before, 29-year-old Julie Barenson had been reluctant to date, but now feels ready to test the waters. Soon, she is being wined and dined by Richard Franklin, a handsome and sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen. She also suddenly finds herself entertaining romantic thoughts about Mike Harris, her best friend in the world. Mike is nowhere near as debonair as Richard and has permanent grease stains on his hands from his work as an auto mechanic, but he's funny, loyal, and a great favourite with Julie's beloved dog Singer. When Julie innocently chooses between the two men, she has no idea that she will set off a chain of events at once terrifying, dangerous and, ultimately, deadly. A riveting tale of love, jealousy and obsession, THE GUARDIAN has all the romance that Nicholas Sparks' fans have come to expect as well as a new element of suspense that will keep them turning the pages late into the night.
Reviews about The Guardian (7):
Stoneshaper
This is a book every dog lover will like. Julie Barenson becomes a widow at twenty five when her husband dies from a brain tumor. That first Christmas she receives a gift: a great dane puppy purchased for her by her husband with a letter written before he died that the dog will be there to comfort and protect her, that he (her husband) will always be watching out for her from wherever he is, and that she should be on the lookout for that person who will be her love for the rest of her life. Still it takes four years for her to be ready to move on, but in that four years the puppy, who she names Singer, becomes the protector that makes her feel safe, going everywhere with her, even to work at the beauty salon. After dating several men, she discovers her husband's best friend is the man she falls for. But somewhere along the way she acquires a stalker. Now her life will never be the same.
Ximathewi
Romance and thriller all in one. Julie is a young widow having recently started dating. Mike was her late husband's best friend who has patiently been waiting for Julie to see him as something other than a friend. Richard is the charming newcomer, an engineer consulting on a bridge project nearby. Doesn't take long to realize Richard is not quite what he seems. Of the supporting characters, Jennifer, the rookie cop, is my favorite. And of course Singer, the Great Dane. But don't read the last third of the book just before going to bed.
inetserfer
This tale of a young widow's struggle to resolve her grief and move along with her life is set in a charming southern small town. The town and its characters are believable if you have ever lived in a small southern town. The interaction of the small town population is so accurate that I can believe Mr. Sparks had lived 'just down the road'. The heroine is likable, the townsfolk are likable and the villain is suave and perfect. A little too perfect to be true. The townsfolk are just common place like you would find in any state. There are no outlandish ultra-cool karate experts or didactic educational types. The setting is real people, real town. The heroine is a girl next door type, with a sorrowful past. To that point, I find her naivete to be annoying. She was sweet, tortured (as a young widow should be, eh?) but, for all of her scars and sorrows she just didn’t have much of a personality.
The characters were somewhat developed but just to the point where they were almost a stereotype. There were no surprises for me, but possibly I am jaded by my long history of reading suspense. So, For those reasons I had to knock off a star even though I enjoyed the book. It’s one of those read in the waiting room books instead of staying up all night to finish books. I am glad the real protagonist of the novel is the dog, as the cover implies. The development of the personality and character of the canine was top notch. I enjoyed this read and will still buy Mr. Spark’s books. But please give the woman a strange hobby like wind gliding or an interest in fly fishing. As it stands the dog was the most interesting part of her life, and well maybe that was just enough.
Funny duck
I liked it enough, but just didn't love it.

This book tells the story of Julie, a young widow who has recently lost her husband, Jim, to cancer, and her Great Dane, Singer, whom she received from Jim along with a letter shortly after his death. A few years later, Julie finds herself ready to enter the dating world again and finds herself stuck between two great men. Richard is charming, charismatic, handsome and seemingly perfect. Mike is Jim's childhood best friend who has yet to profess his true feelings for Julie. Yet when Julie breaks things off with Richard and begins dating Mike, Richard resorts to violent and obsessive behavior that threatens the lives of almost every character in the book.

I have to admit, the stalking/thriller aspect of this book really had me hooked. It made this quite a page turner as I had to read on to find out how everything would play out. However, the book was insanely predictable from the beginning. I felt the characters to be a little over the top at times, like the author was blatantly spelling things out for me when I would have liked things to have been a bit more mysterious. And nothing happened in the book that I hadn't guessed way in advance of it actually happening.

I also had a really hard time connecting with Julie. I just didn't feel invested in her character. The characters I connected with the most were Mike and the female cop, Jennifer (who doesn't show up until more than half way through the book). I enjoyed reading about Mike's struggle with his feelings for Julie and found him to be very genuine and likable.

I think this would make a much better read had I waited to read it at the beach - it's easy, light and fast paced. It has a great balance between the thriller and romance aspects, but sadly it didn't quite live up to my expectations.

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