Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Guarded by Kirsten Lasinski~a review~
by Kirsten Lasinski
# of Pages: 256
Publisher: Moody Publishers
About the book Guarded:
Forty-one year-old Emily Blyton should be content; she has a job she loves, a beautiful home, and countless friends in the quaint mountain community of Murray, Colorado. On the other hand, she also has an estranged daughter who lives in New York, an ex-husband she hasn’t spoken to in years, and a past full of painful memories she can’t erase. When Emily discovers a devastating secret from her past, her carefully arranged world threatens to come apart.
About the author Kirsten Lasinski:
Kirsten has lived in Colorado since 1989 and currently resides in the Denver area with her husband Richard and their daughter Rachel. She is a graduate from the University of Colorado with degrees in English and Communication and enjoys speaking for a variety of groups including Words for the Journey and the Denver chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. In her spare time, she loves to backpack and camp in the Rocky Mountains.
Excerpt From Guarded:
Her reflection grimaced in the dark window over the sink as she poured in the sugar and mixed, grinding at the stiff dough with a wooden spoon. I look so old. She tucked a lock of wheat-colored hair behind her ear, wishing she could forget about her birthday next month. Why was turning forty-one so much harder than turning forty? Forty hadn't fazed her. She was healthy and attractive and well-liked by her many friends and neighbors, she had reasoned last year, so what else mattered? "I have an ex-husband I haven't spoken to in ten years," her reflection mumbled. "I have a twenty-three-year-old daughter who lives on the opposite side of the country and hardly speaks to me. I have no living relatives I care to talk to. Both my parents are dead." Had it been two years already? What was it he had tried to tell her, groping weakly at her arm before he died? The oven timer rang, sending Emily out of her skin. Moscow barked. "It's OK, boy," she gasped. "I'm just a little jumpy tonight." She reached for an oven mitt and pulled the curtain over the window.
“Guarded” by Kirsten Lasinski is a wonderful, well written story.
This book tells of love, loss, failure, adoption, single parenting, forgiveness and peace finally. This book tells of many women who have lost men, but how they handled it in different ways.
Emily has always been searching for a love to fill the empty spot inside of her. She is strong and self-sufficient, but deeply hurt and struggling . Emily doesn’t want to put faith or trust in anyone or anything, she wants to do it all herself.
Emily loves her daughter so much, but doesn’t know how to relate to her. Emily doesn’t believe she needs God, because she doesn’t think He has ever helped her with anything. “Guarded” has many wonderful people in a small town that all love and appreciate Emily.
The ending is spectacular. I would never have guessed that it would end so fantastic. It shows how much God really loves us, and also how God is our Father and all we ever need. When no one else wants us or needs us God is always there for us. This is a book you really, really don’t want to miss. This is just a book you have to have.
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I received this book from Moody Publishers for review purposes.