Guess What Came In The Mail: THE GUARDIAN – by Gerald N. Lund

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Guess what came in the mail. My dad’s newest book…

I’m so excited!!! 

It’s been awhile since my dad has written fiction. His last three books were a doctrinal trilogy. But he’s back to fiction, and I’m thrilled. I love fiction. 

I’ve read The Guardian already, so I can tell you that it’s AWESOME. One of the perks of being the author’s daughter is he likes to have input on his books before it’s published. All authors do. That meant I got to be one of the early readers, which is so way fun.

Now the book is on shelves for all you other fiction lovers to love and enjoy.

Here’s a little about it:

THE GUARDIAN – by Gerald N. Lund

I withdrew a small card from the pouch. The front of it was filled with lines of elegant, hand-lettered script. 

 
“What does it say?” Dad asked, leaning forward.
“The Four Remembers of Life,” I read. “Number one: Remember you are unique. Number two: Remember, there is purpose to your life. Number three: Remember, you are free to choose what you are and what you become. And number four: Remember, you are not alone.”
 
When Danni McAllister receives an antique pouch as a birthday gift from her grandfather, her first reaction is disappointment. “Don’t assume that something is empty, just because there’s nothing there,” her grandfather warns. Danni learns that for nearly two hundred years, the mysterious pouch—with its astonishing hidden secrets—has been handed down from generation to generation, and each new owner has had to discover for themselves how to access the power it holds, or suffer the penalty of using the pouch unwisely.
 
While Danni struggles to understand the power of the pouch, her father’s discovery of a rhodium mine makes her parents the targets of a deadly extortionist plot and the strange pouch is Danni’s only hope of saving her family.
 
In the spirit of The AllianceThe Freedom Factor, and Leverage Point, author Gerald N. Lund blends gripping, fast-paced suspense with a timeless message for readers of all ages.
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My personal notes: The book takes place in the slot canyons of Southern Utah, and even stretches to Lake Powell which must be one of the most unique lakes in the world. 

The book has a fun romance between the main character, Danni, and her best friend, a cute boy that half my nieces are in love with. :) Technically the book is YA, but it’s something mothers and daughters will enjoy reading together. Fathers and sons, too, I suppose since it has a lot of action, but how often do fathers and sons read together? In my house, not that often–unless I’m talking about the sports section of the newspaper. 

This book is personal.

As you can imagine, my dad is an amazing story-teller. As kids, we grew up hearing all sorts of tales about anything and everything. I swear we’d drive pass a sign for falling rocks and next thing we knew, he was telling us the “Legend of Falling Rock.” It was so fun.

This book stems from one of the stories he told about a magic pouch. The story evolved from a simple bedtime story into a full blown plot with twists and turns that now makes up an entire novel. He talks more in depth about this in the back of the book, but needless to say, this book has a personal spot in my heart.

I love my dad.

So if you want to read The Guardian, you can buy it on:

Right now it’s available in hardcover and ebook, but I think there will be an audio book as well.

Get it. Read it. Love it.

It’ll make a great Christmas present for your favorite fiction reader.

Side note: Speaking of Christmas gifts for fiction lovers, there are three more days to enter the SADIE Birthday Giveaway. Details here.

That’s it for now.

Have a great one! 

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Author: Rebecca Belliston @rlbelliston

Hopeless romantic and author of CITIZENS OF LOGAN POND, SADIE and AUGUSTINA. Music nerd and composer of RELIGIOUS and CLASSICAL-STYLE music. I live in Michigan with my husband and five kids.

9 thoughts on “Guess What Came In The Mail: THE GUARDIAN – by Gerald N. Lund”

  1. This sounds very good. My husband keeps asking for Christmas ideas for me and I really don’t need anything…which is not the answer he wants…so I think I’ll stick this and some other books on the list.

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    1. Books are always fun presents. I think you’ll like this one. It’s hard to put it down once you start, so plan on a good long day with a comfy blanket and a cup of hot chocolate. Have you been to the slot canyons in Utah? It’s fun when you can totally picture where they are.

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      1. Yes, I’ve been to those canyons–maybe not the ones he wrote about, since there are tons. But I’ve been on every single Zion hike, Arches, Canyonlands, and to Lake Powell. So that part of it excited me too.

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          1. My grandma lived 30 min from Zion and we visited her from Vegas every month and always went to Zion all year with her. So that’s why I know S. Utah so well.

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  2. That’s really nice that you and your dad get to be authors together. I’ve been to that area of Utah and love it so I’ll have to check this out – thank you!

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    1. I know. I love being an author with him, although I have SOOO long to go. But he’s been so great to give me advice and encouragement. He’s the best! Hope you enjoy! It’s an awesome book.

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  3. We are in LOVE with this story!!!! My daughter and I. Mandi read both the minute she got her hands on them, finished in 24 hours each. Totally devoured. And I am reading in between carpools, dinner and other responsibilities. I love his writing. I love his characters. They linger in my mind and become a part of how I think. If you are looking for awesome positive messages through excellent entertainment, here you go!!!!

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