When Carruthers "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 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 family the target of a deadly extortionist plot, and the strange pouch is Danni's only hope of saving her family.
In the spirit of The Alliance, The Freedom Factor, and Leverage Point, author Gerald N. Lund blends gripping, fast-paced suspense with a timeless message for readers of all ages.
By Shauna, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really loved the book. I knew that I was having surgery and so I waited to read it and I'm glad I took the time to read it. Gerald Lund can create a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. I wasn't disappointed in the least.
By Dan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I'm going to try some more of Brother Lund's books. I really like the Guardian and enjoyed the fictional family and tense experiences! Highly recommend it!
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
The prologue was very well written and completely drew me into the story. I lost some interest as the story then moved to more of a modern day scenario with a teen character at the center. I found it slow moving and a little cheesy at times, but then it picked up again and held my interest. My favorite parts were when you were taken back in time and I kept wishing more of that storyline had been written. Overall, a good read and one I'd recommend, though I agree that it might appeal more to teens.
By Kaylynn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed this book. The last couple of days I could not put it down. My only problem with the book was my Deseret Book shelve on my android phone kept losing my place. I would recommend this book. I received a free copy for an honest review.
By John, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is weird, not at all what I expected from this author. I have enjoyed all his other books. I hope he goes back to gospel centered books.
By Pamela, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I've always enjoyed Gerald Lund's books and this is no exception. There's a terrific blend of mystery, intrigue and entertainment in each chapter. It was a delight to "watch" a young girl mature and come into her own understanding of life and her own maturity based on the love and support of her family and family members she never knew. Common sense, a bit of mystery and enchantment were woven together to form a delightful read.
By Jackie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I have always enjoy Gerald Lund's books, and The Guardian is no exception! It is a suspenseful story with several wonderful messages. The importance of family love and loyalty, how our ancestors impact our lives. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages. A very good weekend read!
By Bonnie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was very hard to put down. Had a great message of what is important and what is not.
By Michelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gerald Lund is a talented writer and has crafted a new suspenseful story with The Guardian. The book was well edited with interwoven story lines that can appeal to young and experienced readers. There were also underlying themes in this book - the importance of strong family love and bonds, how history & ancestors influenced the present and future, the main character Danni had to learn and grow in difficult situations, and family members made mistakes and sacrifices. This was not my favorite of his books but it was well written and edited, suspenseful, and a family-friendly story.
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved this book the Guardian. It was slow in the beginning but then around Chapter 7 it totally sucks you in. I had a hard time putting it down, it kept me entertained and guessing what was going to happen next. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good read.