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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  165,156 ratings  ·  5,244 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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Macayla Fetting Because when you lose a Pet that is dear to you its hard to replace the void in your heart. Because you feel your betraying them. plus its only been t…moreBecause when you lose a Pet that is dear to you its hard to replace the void in your heart. Because you feel your betraying them. plus its only been two months after Singer passed away. (less)
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Wasn't a huge fan of this one, but I am looking forward to Sparks' next novel:

Sep 14, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 som
Aug 06, 2012 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
Nov 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Jul 20, 2009 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. ...more
Books Ring Mah Bell
Feb 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poop
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Debbie Petersen Wolven
Jul 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: absolute-drek
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Jen Holman
Dec 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Julie lives with her dog Singer in a small town in North Carolina where she meets Richard, who is hiding a dark secret. Her friends, especially Mike, try to protect her, but Richard knows no boundaries. In the end, she loses a faithful friend and with him the connected love for her husband Jim. This book was a little bit different than the other love books of Nicholas Sparks, although it was less heartbreaking, the book is totally exciting and full of love.

Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 03, 2008 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
Michelle (Witchy Books)
Stars: 5

I'll write a review when i stop crying.
I'm always so torn when it comes to Nicholas Sparks books. Especially with this book because I was really torn between 3 or 4 stars.

The Guardian was a pretty good story about finding a new love after an unexpected death. Julie was left two things after his untimely death: a puppy and a promise. After mourning for a handful of years, Julie has decided it's time to dip her toes into the love pool again. One day she meets Richard and there's an instant attraction. After a couple of dates, Richard b
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
This 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 f
May 03, 2008 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. ...more
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: q1-2008
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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 Frankl
Mar 29, 2010 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
Mar 21, 2009 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'
Caroline D'cruz
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Just finished the Guardian by Nicholas Sparks. The Guardian is a romantic thriller and according me the first book by Sparks in which one of the characters is a loving dog. The book is firstly about love. The love between Julie Barenson and Mike Harris and secondly about danger. The danger of Richard Franklin the Jealous stalker who Julie once dated and then there is the love of the singer the dog a great Dane who was a gift from Julie's husband Jim after his death, who later proved to be the re ...more
Reem N. Alomari
Mar 19, 2013 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
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay so I think this book was veryyyy different from Sparks' other novels! I mean, everyone knows the main theme of his novels is always love, but mixing it with danger, having elements of suspense and generally stepping into the thriller genre is what I liked the most about this book. ...more
Casey Smith
Apr 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
This was about the dumbest book I think I've ever read. I know with Nicholas Sparks novels not to expect anything earth shattering, they're mostly just good for some heart-stringy escapism, but COME ON, DUDE.

The two main characters had no redeeming value. He *talked* about how strong Julie, the protagonist, is and how she overcame this super tough childhood, blah blah, etc., but then a bad dude starts doing bad things to her and she cannot even deal. She does NOTHING intelligent as she realizes
Deirdre Skaggs
Apr 01, 2009 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
Stephanie Joy
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, 2009
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! ...more
Madison M.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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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 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sparks book that didn't put me into a coma. I'm shook. ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought that this book was okay
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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.

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 n

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