The Guardian

The Guardian 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

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, North Carolina, 29 year old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again But who Should it be Richard Franklin,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, North Carolina, 29 year old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again But who Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen Or Mike Harris, the down to earth nice guy who was her husband s best friend Choosing one of them should bring her happiness than she s had in years Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire

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  1. Nicholas Sparks is one of the world s most beloved storytellers All of his books have been New York Times bestsellers, with over 105 million copies sold worldwide, in than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.Sparks wrote one of his best known stories, The Notebook, over a period of six months at age 28 It was published in 1996 and he followed with the novels Message in a Bottle 1998 , A Walk to Remember 1999 , The Rescue 2000 , A Bend in the Road 2001 , Nights in Rodanthe 2002 , The Guardian 2003 , The Wedding 2003 , True Believer 2005 and its sequel, At First Sight 2005 , Dear John 2006 , The Choice 2007 , The Lucky One 2008 , The Last Song 2009 , Safe Haven 2010 , The Best of Me 2011 , and The Longest Ride 2013 as well as the 2004 non fiction memoir Three Weeks With My Brother, co written with his brother Micah His eighteenth novel, See Me, published on October 12, 2015 His newest book, Two by Two, will be published on October 4, 2016.Film adaptations of Nicholas Sparks novels, including The Choice, The Longest Ride, The Best of Me, Safe Haven on all of which he served as a producer , The Lucky One, Message in a Bottle, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Dear John and The Last Song, have had a cumulative worldwide gross of over three quarters of a billion dollars.In 2012, Sparks and his publishing agent and creative partner Theresa Park, launched Nicholas Sparks Productions, with Park as President of Production A film version of The Guardian is currently in development, as is a film based on Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers s friendship with Chicago Bears teammate Brian Piccolo.Sparks lives in North Carolina He contributes to a variety of local and national charities, and is a major contributor to the Creative Writing Program MFA at the University of Notre Dame, where he provides scholarships, internships, and a fellowship annually He co founded The Epiphany School in New Bern, North Carolina in 2006 As a former full scholarship athlete he still holds a track and field record at the University of Notre Dame he also spent four years coaching track and field athletes at the local public high school In 2009, the team he coached at New Bern High School set a World Junior Indoor Record in the 4 x400 meter, in New York The record still stands Click to watch the Runner s World video with Nicholas.The Nicholas Sparks Foundation, a 501 c 3 nonprofit committed to improving cultural and international understanding through global education experiences for students of all ages was launched in 2011 Between the foundation, and the personal gifts of the Sparks family, than 15 million dollars have been distributed to deserving charities, scholarship programs, and projects Because the Sparks family covers all operational expenses of the foundation, 100% of donations are devoted to programs.

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  1. Author s note at end of the book brace yourselves, you might fall of the chair, laughing I know I nearly did From first to final draft, the novel went through eight major revisions until my editor and I were finally satisfied that the novel accomplished what it set out to do, that is, be a love story first and foremost, and secondly in a way that sneaks up on the reader a compelling thriller A COMPELLING THRILLER This author needs to either sack the editor or read some compelling thrillers himse [...]


  2. I ve never written a review before, but I thought that this book really qualifies for one Sometimes you just want something that you can indulge yourself into without the analysis and critical thinking, and this one was perfect for it.I love the whole story between Mike and Julie and the slow realization of Julie as she comes to love Miked of course I love Singer, The Guardian.This book is full of twists that I didnt expect at all.I was surprised by the ending, But I loved it.This is the first t [...]


  3. One of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books The main character falls in love with her long time friend after losing her husband at a very young age I love the romance concept of the book and the slow realization of Julie as she comes to love Mike It is also a nice concept of her lost husband watching over her and letting go when he sees she is finally at peace without him Romance stories are fascinating to me when the main characters are already friends who fall in love.


  4. yeah, there s a spoiler in here so stop reading if you don t wanna knowp sparks does it again, sucks, that is.he kills off a dog this time, if memory serves me right I think that s all he s got try to make a love story so sweet you need insulin and then WHAM Death yeah, get out your kleenex you sorry bastards that s right Sparks, kill em all must be a metallica fan.


  5. 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 Hook Line Sinker The man is smart He knows his prey, audience very well, knows exactly what bait to dangle in front of them People fall in love, BIG, GRAND, EPIC ROMANCE LOVE Throw in some horrible tragedy obstac [...]


  6. Saccharine Predictable This is the first Sparks novel I ve read and I don t understand from this first exposure anyway WHY this man is a bestselling author I just didn t get the appeal Spoiler the Guardian is the dog THE DOG I mean, anytime the dog has to save the day, is this good


  7. Sometimes, belonging to a book club or two, or in my case, three means that you are introduced to something that you would have never read on your own, that turns out to stretch your mind and lead to interesting discoveriesd other times, you are so aghast by someone s favorite that you avoid the discussion of the book so as not to hurt the person s feelings who suggested it Here on , I will pull no punches This book reads like a Hallmark card, or a serial in a woman s magazine, or worse yet a Li [...]


  8. I wish that I could give this book 3 stars I really wish that I could I mean there are a lot of parts of the book that I really liked But in general the story was a little familiarI read a book earlier this year that was almost exactly the same plot line but of course was not as well put together as a Nicholas Sparks book And up until the last chapter and epilogue, I was going to give it 3 stars But that last bit ruined it for me Not to spoil anything for any readers, but seriously, the guardian [...]



  9. Speachless Literally speachless Nicholas Sparks is a natural Every time I finish a book of his, I keep on saying it s the best, but ALL OF THEM ARE BEAUTIFULY AMAZING Mike, Richard, singer, jim Everything was soo beautiful Richard was sexy, seductive,yet somehow pshycopathic Mike such a darling sweetheart, every girl would die to have such a boyfriend who loves you so much to the extent that at the last second of his life, when he was one step away from death, he gathered himself because he didn [...]


  10. I know what your thinking How can Reed read a nicholas sparks book very simple I don t think you can bad mouth something until you have tried it so I read a sparks novel I have to admit it was entertaining It was also very cheesy and the very end was about the biggest pile of tripe i have ever layed eyes on.


  11. September10, 2008Edit Septmeber 22, 2008 The Gaurdian by Nicholas Sparks, is a touching love story of death and a leap a faith Julie Barenson s husbands death left her with to unexpected gifts, a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would be watching over her always After, four years of mourning Julie is now finally emotionally ready to begin the journey of finding Mr Right again While working one day in the small hair salon of her mother like friend Mable, Richard Franklin walk [...]


  12. The Guardian A novel that included not only the genre of romanticism but the theme of love and danger What can I say I was captivated by this book This book was different from any of Nicholas Sparks novels The fact that it was a love story between two good old friends is the kind of love story that interests me I felt that Mike and Julie s realisation for their love for each other was beautiful and I love how they acted naturally in sync And the fact that there was a bad guy from the beginning t [...]


  13. 4 StarsThis book a really good and it was a great love story I am happy the Richard and Julie never ended up together at the end because I feel like Richard was not really a good match for Julie He is way different then Mike Mike and Julie and great together Mike is a down to earth kind of guy that cares for Julie and Richard is a person that has money and treats her like royalty, but in a way he seems like he cares for Julie Through out this book I thought that Mike and Julie are perfect for ea [...]


  14. The guardian is another great book by Nicholas Sparks Though I must say he has done better work I still enjoyed reading this one Like the majority of his books the sadness of death is expressed through his writing I must say though, at the beginning of the book the story was pretty slow and didn t completely have my attention unlike say The Last Song or Dear John But by the middle of the book it had me completely captivated I just couldn t put it down The whole mysterious Richard story and true [...]



  15. I seriously cannot believe that the average rating on this is nearly 4 stars That must mean that there is a sizable number of people who have given it 5 stars, which just makes me sad for the state of our country.This book sucked so bad I didn t even finish it I would give it zero stars if I could and still have it register an entry.Seriously, the author must have gotten an advance on this sight unseen and then the publishers just decided, well, we ve sunk this much money into it already, let s [...]


  16. Nicholas Sparks takes a turn from his usual, sometimes sappy romance stories in The Guardian still a romance, this book has a definitive thriller edge to it I enjoyed The Guardian and think Sparks accomplished his objectives of mixing a romance with a thriller without losing sight of the relationship that was building throughout the novel.When Julie s husband dies in his early 20s, he leaves Julie with a note and a Great Dane puppy, who she names Singer, to look after her Four years after becomi [...]


  17. Perfecto, perfecto, y simplemente perfecto De las historias de Sparks que he le do, esta ha sido, de lejos, la mejor Un lugar donde refugiarse me encanto, pero El guardi n no tiene comparaci n Que el 90% del libro sea suspenso, pero que Nicholas no haya dejado de lado el romanticismo del que estamos acostumbrados en su libros, es simplemente maravilloso.He tratado de buscar algo malo del libro, y la verdad no lo encuentro Solo tengo cosas buenas que decir Y es que no pueden imaginar todo lo que [...]


  18. Nicholas Sparks did an awesome job of moving the story along in this book, which is hard to do when tackling a thriller AND romance in the same novel There was a delicate balance between the action drama side of the story and the typical love story and I m impressed with the attention to detail I d love to see this adapted into a movie



  19. Muchos a os atras lei esta novela y me encant Ador a Singer y a Mike y esta novela me pareci la mejor de cuantas habia leido de Sparks Y ahora queria volver a releerla Al principio fue tal y como la recordaba, empezo MUY bien y Mike y Singer seguian siendo tan adorables como los recordaba Pero pronto Julie empez a caerme mal y todo su encaprichamiento con Richard el malo me parecia absurdo, por no decir que estaba siendo t o n t a y c r u e l con su mejor amigo, Mike Julie SABIA que Mike estaba [...]



  20. I really enjoyed this book but who wouldn t like Nichole Sparks book I have read all of this books and loved them all.


  21. Como n o poderia deixar de ser, Nicholas Sparks prendeu me logo nas primeiras p ginas do livro Fiquei arrebatada e apaixonada por uma hist ria que al m de ser de amor, tamb m tem a sua vertente policial.A leitura deste livro como j previa foi uma agrad vel surpresa, uma narrativa apaixonante, envolvente, emocionante, repleta de m goa, tristezas, sentimentos, perdas, ac o, suspense e perigo, que me fez verter algumas l grimas.A escrita deste autor prima pela simplicidade, clareza, beleza, activa, [...]


  22. Notes from BookCrossing Just finished this one I was going to clean in my office a bit and then finish it up tonight, but with the stalker in it, I decided to read it while it was light out, as my husband is out of town I wasn t sure what to expect, as I saw the movie Message in a Bottle hated it , the previews for The Notebook but haven t read the book or seen the movie yet , saw A Walk to Remember liked it, but it was slow and almost too sweet , and I have Nights in Rodanthe in the pile of boo [...]


  23. Esta review j sei vai ser motivo de risota aviso j que longa s para eu esclarecer que n o o li totalmente de livre vontade Primeiro porque um autor que eu n o gosto e segundo porque as minhas amigas, sabendo que eu o li, n o v o deixar de me gozarH muito tempo eu li o 1 livro deste senhor Message in a Bottle e, tendo gostado, ca na asneira de comentar esse facto com uma cunhada O que aconteceu foi que ela, a partir da , resolveu come ar a oferecer mos TODOS e a verdade verdadinha que quem l dois [...]


  24. The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks is a combination of a love story and a thriller with a dog thrown in The main character is Julie, a young widow who works at a salon and finally decides to date four years after her husband died Her husband, Jim, left her a letter and arranged for her to get a Great Dane puppy in the event of his death which I thought was a pretty neat idea The dog was his way of watching out for her After the Prologue, this book poked along for me until about half way through whe [...]


  25. Famous for A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, Sparks is clearly a love story writer However, The Guardian has a different spin on it his book starts off sounding like a typical love story about making the decision between the down to earth friend or the handsome travel the world man However all of that changes when jealousy and anger comes into play, threatening the life of Julie and all the things important to her.This book really made you care about the characters, even the villain s It wasn [...]


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