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The Guardian

4.14  ·  Rating Details  ·  133,357 Ratings  ·  4,000 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2003)
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Wasn't a huge fan of this one, but I am looking forward to Sparks' next novel:

Marwa A.
Dec 24, 2012 Marwa A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-f-romance
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 Mike.
and 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 fir
Oct 10, 2015 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-romance
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 more fascinating to me when the main characters are already friends who fall in love.
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Feb 18, 2008 Books Ring Mah Bell rated it did not like it
Shelves: poop
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Jen Holman
Dec 03, 2008 Jen Holman rated it did not like it
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Debbie Petersen
Jul 12, 2009 Debbie Petersen rated it did not like it
Shelves: absolute-drek
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إبراهيم   عادل
رواية جميلة وشيقة ..
يبدو أني أدركت مبكرًا أن هذه الرواية ستعجبني
و يبدو أيضًا أني أحب قراءة الأفلام الأجنبية .. وليس مشاهدتها فحسب
على الرغم من أن "تيمة" الرواية تبدو معتادة .. إلا أن سباركس استطاع بلغته وتفاصيل روايته أن يجذبني إلأى عالم هذه الرواية الخاص، وإن بدا لي أن عنوان "الحارس" لم يكن هو الأنسب للرواية ..
هناك كوارث إنسانية قامت بها المترجمة دعد سيحاسبها عليها القانون
وإن كانت الترجمة جيدة، ولكن الأخطـاء مثيرة (أقصد كثيرة) وقابلة (قاتلة) ا

Dec 22, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok
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 familiar...I 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, th ...more
Oct 11, 2012 Angiee rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 23, 2011 Rsoeffker rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 20, 2008 Briley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q1-2008
September10, 2008
Edit: 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 Frankli
Apr 05, 2013 reemo.books rated it it was amazing
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 beg
Apr 20, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Marcela M.
Oct 08, 2015 Marcela M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfecto, perfecto, y simplemente perfecto.
De las historias de Sparks que he leído, esta ha sido, de lejos, la mejor.

Un lugar donde refugiarse me encanto, pero El guardián no tiene comparación.
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
Muchos años atras lei esta novela y me encantó. Adoré a Singer y a Mike y esta novela me pareció 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 empezó 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 M ...more
Jun 05, 2016 Butterfly2507 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Manuela Santos
Apr 17, 2015 Manuela Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Como não poderia deixar de ser, Nicholas Sparks prendeu-me logo nas primeiras páginas do livro. Fiquei arrebatada e apaixonada por uma história que além de ser de amor, também tem a sua vertente policial.
A leitura deste livro como já previa foi uma agradável surpresa, uma narrativa apaixonante, envolvente, emocionante, repleta de mágoa, tristezas, sentimentos, perdas, acção, suspense e perigo, que me fez verter algumas lágrimas.
A escrita deste autor prima pela simplicidade, clareza, beleza, acti
Dec 31, 2008 Antof9 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2006-read, upsetting
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
Apr 08, 2009 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
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 bec
Karen & Gerard
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 ...more
May 19, 2008 CatarinaG rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008, borrowed
Esta review (já sei) vai ser motivo de risota... (aviso já é que é longa só para eu esclarecer que não o li totalmente de livre vontade!!!!)
Primeiro porque é um autor que eu não gosto e segundo porque as minhas amigas, sabendo que eu o li, não vão deixar de me gozar...
Há muito tempo eu li o 1º livro deste senhor (Message in a Bottle) e, tendo gostado, 'caí na asneira' de comentar esse facto com uma cunhada. O que aconteceu foi que ela, a partir daí, resolveu começar a oferecer-mos TODOS e a verd
Jul 21, 2009 Swissmiss rated it did not like it
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'
Michelle Raven
Mar 18, 2015 Michelle Raven rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-reads
Stars: 5

I'll write a review when i stop crying.
Jun 11, 2014 Haleypacini rated it it was amazing
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks is a true "Sparks" classic. Its mystery, romance, and plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat and my fingers quickly flipping the pages. When widowed Julie finally decides to start dating again, it turns into a living nightmare. She is faced with deceit,lies, and manipulation. Julie comes to the slow realization that she is in love with her long time best friend, Mike, who loves her as well. However, the ending of the story takes a surprising turn, leaving me s ...more
Rana Abed
Aug 24, 2013 Rana Abed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ممتعة...مشوقة...لم استطع التوقف حتى انهيتها...
الترجمة سيئة... فضلت لو أنني قرأتها بلغتها الام
Donna Antaramian
The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks picks up 4 years after Julie Barenson’s husband, Jim has died from cancer. But at the young age of 29 she no longer wants to be alone and ready to test the waters of romance. There are 2 men that come into her life; Richard Franklin, a handsome and seemly smart man that treats Julie like a queen and Mike Harris, who was the best man at the Barenson’s wedding and now Julie's closest and best friend. After several dates with Richard, Julie discovers there is no roma ...more
Shannon Knight
Jan 01, 2012 Shannon Knight rated it did not like it
What's super-funny about this is that I hate Nicholas Sparks anyway, and my coworker gave me this book for some light reading. So I read it, inasmuch as you can read something this poorly written (I've seriously seen better first drafts in writing workshops) -- it didn't take long, so I can't even be annoyed by losing hours of my life to it or anything. In addition to being poorly written, it's garbage. Just complete, utter, trite, cliched garbage.

So I took it back to my coworker and made a com
Apr 09, 2010 Rhiannon rated it liked it
It was nice to read something different from Nicholas Sparks, I have to admit! I like it when authors are able to write in different styles with a different type of book in mind. Although that being said...

This novel was extremely predictable, but sometimes I like knowing what's going to happen, so I won't complain about that. I did find that it dragged on at parts, and I really don't think there was a need to make it so long. I also didn't love the unlikeliness of events that take place. The vi
Jan 20, 2013 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
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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 more than 50 languages, including over 75 million copies in the United States alone.

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