The Guardian

Registered by DEESSE of Erstein, Alsace France on 3/12/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Friday, March 12, 2004
I read one of Nicholas Sparks's books in German ("Zeit im Wind" = "A walk to remember") and liked it a lot. When I read that his new novel is out and that it's even better, because less "just romantic", I had to buy it.
From the back cover:
Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now, four years later, 29-year-old Julie is far too young to have given up on love. She may be ready to risk caring for someone again. But who?
Should it be Richard Franklin, the sophisticated, handsome 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 more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and a jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire...

Journal Entry 2 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Wednesday, April 21, 2004
As I have about 15 books waiting to be read and several bookrings/-rays arriving, I'll give this book to a colleague so that she can read it in the Whitsun holidays - then it goes back on my TBR-pile. Enjoy it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing on Wednesday, April 28, 2004
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

In the beginning I thought this was just another romance where you know right from the
start which of the two men in question will be Julie´s, the female protagonist`s, chosen one
in the end.
After the first half of this love story however it turned into a thriller about a chilly obsession.
By then I couldn´t stop reading till Julie was finally safe.
Critics might say that the characters are very much drawn in black and white (Mike is almost
too good to be true) but as long as the story is gripping – who cares? So if you need an easy reading for a rainy Sunday on your sofa – this is the right choice.



CAUGHT IN OBERKICH GERMANY

Journal Entry 4 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, May 10, 2004
As my other colleague was that quick with this book, I'm giving it to another colleague who asked me for a nice read for the Whitsun holidays.

Journal Entry 5 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Monday, June 14, 2004
The book is back with me.

Journal Entry 6 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Wednesday, June 23, 2004
I'm giving it to Lophitz who wanted to read it - enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by Lophitz from Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Monday, September 06, 2004
Great book,worth every penny, new approach, scary in its own way but you'll be alright in the end!!!

Journal Entry 8 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Wednesday, September 22, 2004
It's back with me! (Sorry Lophitz, I'm just "journalling" now...)

Journal Entry 9 by DEESSE from Erstein, Alsace France on Wednesday, December 27, 2006
That was a different Sparks for a change!
I liked the mixture of the (usual) romance with the thriller element in the second half of the book a lot. Scary, the stalker!
Though Julie's "guardian" saved her, I was sad when I read what happened to him in the end.

I'm leaving this book with my mum, Schrat, for her to enjoy!

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