Guarded by Kirsten Lasinski
Emily Blyton is a forty year old divorcee living alone in her hometown. All her life, she struggled with accepting herself and being loved, rejecting the idea that God could love her or that He even exists. She had a poor relationship with her critical father that contributed to a poor relationship with her daughter. Emily’s life changes when she learns she was adopted. Already struggling with self-worth, the news is crushing. Desperate to find out who she is, she takes a risk and leaves her home to find her family. What she finds changes her life for the better.
Guarded is a gripping read that sucks you in from the first page and keeps you turning the pages. Kirsten Lasiski’s descriptions are amazing and so detailed. It feels like you are really in Murray, Colorado. The story line is interesting but disjointed in many places. It seemed like there should’ve been more definition between a memory and the present. Throughout the story, there are many characters have been wounded by men who’ve abandoned them or rejected them. At times, that can be overwhelming and hard to read. It was intense and not quite what I was looking for. There were aspects of Guarded that I really enjoyed, but others I didn’t. I’m not a big fan of contemporary Christian fiction. I prefer historical fiction. If you read it, be prepared because you won’t want to put it down.
Have you read Guarded? What did you think of it?