Book Review: Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence
Today, I will be reviewing: Guardian of Paradise by W.E. Lawrence
In 1888, Kira Wall, surviving daughter of missionaries swept away in a tsunami, lives a primitive, but enjoyable life with natives on an isolated island in the South Pacific. But her serene world is turned upside down when an Australian merchant ship, commanded by the sinister Captain Darcy Coleman, arrives with an overabundance of modern and lavish goods. Kira suspects ill intent. Chief Ariki refuses to listen to Kira’s warning, forcing her to uncover the real plan of the captain on her own. Unfortunately, she has a distraction. A six-foot tall, blond, and handsome distraction. Trevor Marshall, doctor and botanist, hopes to find exotic plants on the island to research new cures and medicines. He is dedicated to science, but when meeting the strong-willed, beautiful Kira Wall, he’d prefer to spend time researching her—all night.
The captain thwarts Kira’s attempts to call him out at every step, turning the village chief against her. With only Trevor and her best friend Malana by her side, she stalks the captain and his officers through the dense, predator infested jungle, toward the island’s inactive volcano. Frustrated by her failure to reveal the captain’s true intentions, Kira begins to think maybe she’s wrong about everything. Then an explosion and earthquake bigger than anyone on the island has ever seen renews her resolve. Was the blast natural or man-made? She is determined to prove it was the captain’s doing. Kira races against time and the island people’s naivety to stop the captain from destroying her home and killing everyone she loves.
About the Author
W. E. Lawrence graduated in 1978 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration. He has run a successful home health care supplies distributorship for the past twenty-three years.
Passionate about God, writing, reading, family, sports, politics, and America, Lawrence currently lives in Davidson, North Carolina, with his lovely wife and their two wonderful children.
This book had a little bit of everything in it. There was some mystery, some romance, and some tough decisions that have to be made about the future these characters will or won't have together. The story itself was kind of strange and not something I was used to, but the characters were amazing and really brought everything home all at once.
I loved Kira's character, in particular. She was funny, strong, and really held the story together because of her sheer bravery in the face of horrible problems. Trevor was interesting as well, and served as a good counterbalance for her.
This wasn't the kind of book I normally read, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. For someone who is a fan of this sort of novel and knows what they are getting into, this is a real winner! If nothing else, I think everyone will come to like the main characters and root for them to find their happily ever after!
This wasn't the kind of book I normally read, so I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed it. For someone who is a fan of this sort of novel and knows what they are getting into, this is a real winner!