The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

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 living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-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 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 jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire…”

This book definitely does have a bit of a dark side to it. I would say that it is more mysterious than anything but with a creepy psychopath twist. I really enjoyed reading this novel. The suspense got really intense towards the end of the book and the outcome got my heart pumping for sure. From the very beginning, once Mike was introduced, I found myself rooting for him. After all, he was her husband’s best friend and now her’s, and he did love her. When Richard showed up in the story he seemed like the perfect man as well. But no one can act without slipping up once in a while and Richard, as well as Mike, were no exception. Our true intentions will always come out one way or another and it doesn’t matter if they’re good or bad. I’m also not a dog person, I prefer cats, but Singer had me rethink my preference. Even though he was only a dog, he had Julie’s back the whole time. I found it heroic of him to always be there for her. It kind of seemed as though Julie’s husband was always watching over her through Singer. Not once letting her get hurt, at least not if he had anything to do about it. In my opinion, I think that this book would make an amazing movie and I’m surprised that it hasn’t been made into one yet. Happy Reading!

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