I am always slightly nervous of any book that has anything to do with “spiritual” forces, having been majorly freaked out as a child by two very long and very intense books on the subject! And I have to confess that it took me a while to summon up the courage to read The Guardian. If truth be told, I was in the mood for something gripping, with a good story line and maybe the odd romance – and the thought of a book detailing the ongoing struggle between angels and demons didn’t really do it for me. Until I realised that this was a not one of those books, it wasn’t preachy at all!
The book tells the story of Catherine (Cat) who is battling to come to terms with her mother’s death. Late one afternoon, feeling suffocated by her feelings of loss and despair, she contemplates throwing herself off the edge of a cliff but is interrupted by the sudden appearance of a rather gorgeous looking man, Cain. What follows is the story of their relationship, her bemusement at how Cain can arrive and leave without her noticing, and how he can only stay with her for certain portions of the day. And no, he’s not an angel – it’s a little more complicated than that. And once she understands just who Cain is, she gets to meet his enemies…
The Guardian is incredibly well-written and I can guarantee that you will be looking out for the sequel as soon as you are finished. This is a true case of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” – it’s an incredibly difficult book to review without giving the entire plot away. But it is something completely unique, and strangely thought-provoking. I loved it!
The book is available from Exclusive Books and Fanatics – but call your local branch first to make sure they have a copy available. You can also visit www.theguardianbook.co.za.