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Guardian of Paradise

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Beware of strangers bearing gifts---Guardian of Paradise---The captivating story of a young woman determined to preserve the vast riches of her adopted island home---and the worldly young doctor who would awaken fantastic inner desires she never knew any woman could possess.
Orphaned at the age of twelve, Kira Wall had obtained a limited yet intensely skeptical view of the
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published October 15th 2014 (first published October 3rd 2014)
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
4.5 Jungle Lady Stars

*Mild Spoilers*

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This book was so good! It had a very sweet romance, but it also had a great, adventurous plot that pulled me in, and had me dying to find out what would happen next. I read the whole book in one day. I didn't even put it down to eat .(I just held the book with one hand and shoveled my food with the other.) Now I just hope there will be a follow up book, because I want more of Kira and Trevor!

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What this book is about

Kira Wall is the daughter of missi
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author W.E. Lawrence.)

“We are happy to greet anyone who comes to our island in peace.”

This was an adult historical romance, set on an island.

Kira was a woman who seemed to care for everybody on the island where she lived, and she was a bit wary of strangers. She seemed to like Trevor though, and they seemed to get along pretty well.

“I think we know each other well enough for you to call me Trevor
Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
2.75 Stars
I enjoyed this historical fiction island story. I am not the biggest Historical fiction fan, but the story appealed to me, probably because of the romance. I'm a bit of a sucker for a good romance. Unfortunately there are a few things that fell short for me, but overall it was an enjoyable read.

Kira lives on a pacific island, isolated from the rest of the word. She has been there since she was a young girl. Her parents were taken by a tidal wave years earlier and she has been living al
Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
**** 3.5 Stars ****


Kira is a strong independent woman living with a tribe on and island. The people accepted her as their own when her missionary parents died, and she worked hard to help her new family.

When visitors came to the island to trade, Kira knew there something wrong. She especially didn't trust Captain Coleman. The doctor on the ship asked Kira if she could help him around the island to discover new plants for his research. She agreed to guide him because she thought it would be a go
I've always loved the adventure-style romances and I looked forward to one set on a jungle island full of natives with a feisty heroine and solid hero. This one had a nice blend of adventure and romance. I found the naive, yet stubbornly strong heroine who grew up on the island with the islanders intriguing and I really liked the hero who could see past the surface and appreciate her.

The story opens in 1888 when Kira Wall and the natives of the South Seas' island, Alofa, spot an Australian Merch
Get ready to set sail into the past to a beautiful tropical island, unmarred by outsiders, where the natives live in love, peace and harmony. Will the merchant ship in their cove bring them more goods for trade or are their exorbitant gifts a smoke screen for more nefarious plans?

Kira came to the island of Alofa as the child of missionaries and stayed on long after her parents’ deaths. Beautiful, brilliant and mistrustful of these sailors, she realizes questions as to their intent, but the trust
Heena Rathore P.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Guardian Of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence is a action-packed historical read.

I really enjoyed reading this book especially because of the beautiful setting of this story. The fitting descriptions made the island's beauty come to life and I was left cravin gfor more.

I'm not a Historical Fiction fan, but there are a few authors who really write this genre well, and W.E. Lawrence is definitely one of them. I liked th
Regan Walker
3 and ½ Stars - A fun romp on a Pacific island.

Set in the Pacific on imaginary island of Alofa northeast of Australia in 1888, this is the story of Kira Wall, the surviving daughter of missionaries killed in a tsunami. Though she could have gone to Australia, Kira decided to stay with the natives where she made friends.

One day, an Australian merchant ship arrives at the island. Kira immediately mistrusts Captain Coleman who she sees as evil (apparently she is the only one on the island who thin
W.E. Lawrence
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked stories of strong, intelligent, kick-ass women, but at the same time being a bit naïve and vulnerable about romantic relationships.

From "Kirkus Reviews":

A fiendish merchant-ship captain is more invested in taking precious material from a South Pacific island than trading with locals in Lawrence’s debut adventure novel.

In the late 19th century, an Australian merchant navy ship lands at the island of Alofa. Islander Kira Wall is wary because previous traders who’d visited were g
Anne Conley
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a marvelous debut historical romance from a new author I will be sure and stalk from now on. I'm calling it historical romance, because that's what it was to me, but it is genre-bending. It is unique in that the setting is not typical of a historical romance, more of an adventure. And adventure certainly abounds in this story. Mr. Lawrence does an exceptional job of setting up conflict and tension as well as arcing the story so that it is easy to get wrapped up in.

There were a few issues
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I owe my interest in W.E. Lawrence's Guardian of Paradise to the artist who designed the jacket. I'm well aware one shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but in today's market it is impossible to deny the importance of eye-catching imagery. Much as I loathe admitting it, I wouldn't have stopped long enough to read the description on Guardian of Paradise without the richly colored graphic that graces its cover and I admire the
May 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
One look at this cover and I was very intrigued. Then, I saw that it was a historical romance and I could not wait to read the story inside.

Ever since her parents died in a tsunami as missionaries on an island, Kira Wall has made a life for herself among the natives of the island. But when a ship of "merchants" shows up, Kira is wary about their motives for helping the natives. The chief of the island refuses to believe Kira's warnings about the men and welcomes them to their island. Kira needs
Char ღ Denae
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit, when I first agreed to read and review, Guardian of Paradise, I was afraid I wasn't going to enjoy it. The synopsis tells a tale of a doctor/botanist from England who has come to an isolated island in search of plants and roots for use in medicine. He's traveling with a captain of questionable intent but gains the trust of the island inhabitants, regardless. My first thought was that it didn't sound terribly exciting. Boy, was I wrong!

I made myself begin reading one evening and
Becky Cox
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kira, our heroine, is a strong female character who is beautiful and loyal to a fault. She is naive as child in a lot of ways even though she is actually in her twenties, but she is skilled in life lessons learning from her parents before they passed and from the islanders. She loves the islanders as her family and will do anything to protect them and their beautiful home.

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Trevor Marshall is a handsome and wholesome young man who is on the adventure of his life getting to explore the island
Boundless Book Reviews
Kira Wall is living my dream! She lives on a beautiful island, eating fresh fruit every day, and has a pet bird that talks to her! I instantly loved her character; she’s strong, independent and takes no sh*t from anyone.

The writing is excellent; the characters are well developed, the traditions on the island are explained perfectly and in just the right place, the native English is used in a way to allow readers to understand the dialog, and the imagery described the island beautifully, I want t
J.L. Leslie
I thought this book was really great! It was filled with adventure, love, and steamy romance. Trevor and Kira had great chemistry together. Their love story was one that wasn't supposed to work out. She was a 'jungle woman' who lived on an island with natives and he was an outsider who was only visiting the island for a few weeks. She didn't trust the outsiders who came to harvest the island and she was right not to. Trevor wasn't like the captain though. The captain was up to no good, but the n ...more
Karen (BaronessBookTrove)
Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence was the first book I was asked to review by this author but it ended up becoming the second book I read from him. It was so good and I am glad that I was asked to review it.

We first come up on it when the male love interest, Dr. Trevor Marshall, is asking the captain of the ship for a job. Then we zoom right off to Kira Wells, the main character of the book, and her island. The thing that had me a bit worried about reading this book is that I don’t really r
Jun 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is full of action and romance in a beautiful, exotic setting. My rating 4.0.

Kira grew up to become part of her island tribe after her missionary parents died. She has more caution about the merchant ship sailors who come to the island than the simple island people. This particular ship’s captain is a smooth talker and has brought modern fabrics and equipment to trade in exchange for harvesting some of the bountiful crops on the island. Chief Ariki is willing to trade with Captain Cole
Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-star-reads
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review…

Generally a story categorized as historical fiction or more specifically having a historical setting is not my usual genre, but the book’s description peaked my interest so I accepted the advance copy. After reading it, I would actually classify this book as more of a historical romance, rather than historical fiction. It takes place in the late eighteen hundreds and a focus is placed on a romantic relationship. However, do not be foole
Dawn West
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for honest review.**

What a great island adventure with romance on the side!

Kira isn't a native of the island on which she resides, but she still feels a responsibility to protect the land and people who she has grown to love as her own family. When foreign visitors are spotted approaching, she will do anything to make sure that the islanders are not taken advantage of and the crops remain fruitful. The one thing she doesn't r
Hannah McNally
I received this book for review by the author. All opinions are my own.

I really loved the idea that this book presented, which is why I agreed to read it in exchange for a review. However, as I got into the book, I had trouble connecting with the main character, Kira. She is supposed to be this strong female character type, or at least that is how she was portrayed in the first few pages. But as the story progressed, she seemed to be contradicting her character, which rubbed me the wrong way. I
Danielle Urban
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawerence is an exotic tale that sweeps readers away into its plot. Action, intrigue, mystery and even romance are all portrayed inside this exciting story. Nature or human…a disaster truly caused by nature has led a woman to live with an island’s native people. All is well until new arrivers come and stir everything up…trust that was once given is now up in the air and those whom should not be trusted are…to find the truth readers will be led, in a race, for evidenc ...more
Sonya Heaney
Originally posted HERE .

Straddling the line between historical romance and historical fiction, Guardian of Paradise is set on an island in the South Pacific, showing allegiances and clashes between Victorian colonials and the people who call the island home.

This book reminds you there was more to the world in the nineteenth century than Britain and the United States. This is something even I – as an Australian – tend to forget when looking for historical reads.

As with some other male authors,
Chelsea DeVries
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romance is a tricky genre to write. You can't let the two lovers get together too soon or it comes off cliche. All I knew about this book was that it was a historical romantic fiction set on fictitious island and the main character was a child of a missionary.
Turns out, I was not prepared for all this book has to offer, and I'm not just talking about your greatest fantasy island getaway (aqua clear water; lush green landscape; wild animals hidden in the depths).

As you read (if your female), yo
Carolyn F.
I received this book from the author for a review.

The book was slow going at first. To me, it was like Kira was the 'boy who cried wolf' constantly looking for something that even she couldn't find. As soon as the ship was in sight she was seeing duplicity and hadn't even talked to the crew yet. Trevor came off as really smarmy in the beginning but that could be because he had been such a ladies' man before he landed. Every time he would get Kira to do something he wanted, he would be described
Wayne Elsner
Jan 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the large merchant vessel anchored in the bay of the beautiful South Seas Island I could tell that there was going to be trouble. There was the beautiful girl and the sailor who would fall in love with her and together they would save her world. It has been done before except Guardian of Paradise has enough differences to make it an interesting read. Healing lotions, talking birds, animal impressions and rare gems, the action got heavy and then very steamy at times. Overall Guardian of Para ...more
Sarah Mandell
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Guardian of Paradise is set on the island of Alofa in the South Pacific, and the author does an incredible job of describing the scenery. It’s important to me to be able to visualize the backdrop of a story early on, and from the very first chapter, I felt like I had a good idea of what the island must have been like, as well as the culture of the natives.

The writing style is easy to follow, and the story unfolds at just the right pace. Guardian of Paradise comes with a collection of intere
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
This is a historical romance and I am a sucker for historical romance books.

This book is set in the late 1800's on a beautiful island and it sounded good. I decided to start it on a cold and rainy day and boy am I glad I did. I was so hooked on this story that I read way more than I had planned in one sitting.
I could so very well imagine everything in my mind and I did feel like I was transported onto the island.

Bravo W.E. Lawrance on such a fantastic book.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
I enjoyed reading Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence because the plot felt fresh and the characters felt real during the course of the book. Kira is a strong willed and smart woman who fights for what she believes in, even if those closest to her do not agree, while Trevor is charismatic and caring. I would recommend this book to fans of adventure and romance.

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Toby Oliver
This is the first book I’ve read by this author. Guardian of Paradise is set in 1888, Kira Wall is the orphaned child of missionaries brought up by local people on an isolated island in the South Pacific. The arrival of an Australian merchant ship is the catalyst to the story, as Kira’s world unfolds against a backdrop of drama, romance, and discovery. More than happy to recommend this well-crafted and enjoyable read.
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W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. Despite wishing he had taken more courses in journalism and communications, he has run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.

Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently liv

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