01 June 2011

Diana's Corner - Book Review by Diana Flowers





Keeping Guard 
by Christy Barritt
~4 stars


A Suspenseful Little Read!!

"You can't hide from me." Kylie Summers has an idyllic life as the host of a small cooking show in Kentucky. Soon her perfect life begins to crumble when she starts receiving threatening phone calls from a gravelly voiced stranger, hand-written notes, and disturbing emails. Fearful for her life, Kylie is forced to flee and "hide out" in Yorktown, Virginia, where her brother's best friend, Nate Richardson, runs a restaurant called The Revolutionary Grill. Kylie's plans are to work for Nate, while her brother, a police officer, searches for the "man in black" as Kylie has dubbed her terrifying stalker.

Nate, once a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, has inherited a quaint restaurant in historical Yorktown from his father. He holds within a terrible burden of guilt from the past, and is also gun shy when it comes to women, because of a failed relationship, so his relationship with Kylie is doomed from the get-go.

Soon a local girl, who works in the restaurant, comes up missing. Is this an isolated incident or has Kylie's stalker found her? Who is disguising their voice and leaving terrifying messages on her voice mail and why? And when Kylie senses someone is watching her every move is it her own paranoia? How could someone ransack her apartment in Kentucky and be in Yorktown at the same time? Can Nate ever let go of his guilt and learn to trust again?

Keeping Guard is a great little whodunit that will keep you on the edge of your seat 'til the very end! *One word of warning-You don't want to read this book while you are at home alone during a thunderstorm. Just kidding...well, sort of. 


Giveaway:  Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win a copy of "Keeping Guard."

27 comments:

  1. Google is acting up still, but you may enter using anonymous and leave your name or for sure your email addy, so that we may contact you if you are the winner. And welcome to my little corner of the world!!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  2. Would love to win!! Sounds intriguing! ncmom@att.net

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  3. I recognize your email addy anonymous one above.:) Thank you for your comment...this was a real page-turner!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  4. Finally made it Diana. Would love to be in this giveaway.
    Thanks,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  5. Yay! Wanda, you deserve a reward for persistency, darlin'. Thank you for reading my review! You are such a great reviewer...I love visiting your blog.

    ~Diana Flowers

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  6. Make sure you leave your email address for us. Even if you look anonymous, we will be able to find you! Blessings!

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  7. This looks like a great book. I'm not always one for contemporary novels, but with this historic setting I'm intrigued!

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  8. Would love to win, I love a good suspense novel!

    goangaz@aol.com

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  9. Welcome Joan and Carla! Carla, you know contemporary isn't usually my thing either, but once in awhile I crave a good suspense story as long as it isn't grisly or contain paranormal activity. It's kind of like eating beef all the time and craving an occasional hotdog. I prefer the beef, but that occasional hotdog sure does taste good!:-) Historical fiction will always be my first love...

    ~Diana Flowers

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  10. Sounds very suspenseful....chill giving suspense. I've not read Christy's writings before and I'd love to start with Keeping Guard. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I win!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  11. Hi, Barb. Nice to see you as always. Christy is a very good author of suspense and this is my first book of hers as well. Normally with a whodunit (or in this case who's doing it) one has an idea who the culprit is. Well, I certainly did and I was wrong...I loved that! I never really had a clue.:-)

    ~Diana Flowers

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  12. And Christy is such a sweetheart, too. I love books where I could not figure out the whodunit, Diana! Thanks so much for your review!

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  13. What a wonderful post. Sure kept me reading but I love mystery with some romance in there. Please enter me into the drawing.

    I am a true fan of Christy. I love how you think you know who is doing what then she throws it to you and your just like there is no way such and such done this

    Here is my email nativeauthor@gmail.com

    Walk in harmony,
    Melinda

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  14. I'd love to win this book. Sounds fun (but not in a thunderstorm).

    Connie Brown
    sequoiajoy@gmail.com

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  15. Suspense is my second favorite genre. I would love to read your book. Thank you for the giveaway. I would comment on the interview but I am having trouble seeing anything other than the comments and book/author images.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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  16. Waving Connie! Melinda, I am a fan of Christy, period, just because she is Christy! Anne, what browser are you using? Diana is an awesome reviewer, so sorry you had trouble reading her review.

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  17. Welcome to Overcoming Through Time, Melinda, Connie and Anne, and thank you for reading my review. Connie, it's ok to read during a thunderstorm, as long as you aren't alone! LOL And Anne, thank you for entering although you couldn't see everything!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  18. I love suspense and Keeping Guard sounds like a great book to read. Loved the review and am adding this one to my wish list.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  19. Thank you, Carrie. You are such a sweetheart, and quite a writer yourself!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  20. Thank you, misskallie. Welcome to Carrie Pagels' wonderful blog Overcoming Through Time. Please come back and visit often...great interviews, reviews, and plenty of giveaways!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  21. I would love to be entered for this giveaway! I read Christy's other books and this one sounds neat:) Love the suspense books. Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  22. I love Christy's books,Keeping Guard sounds like another exciting, suspenseful read. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  23. Hi, Charity and Merry! You made it just in time to have your names thrown in the hat. One of us will be choosing a winner soon using random number generator. Thanks, girls, for reading my review!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  24. Congrats to Merry, who was picked by Random.org as the winner!

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  25. Congrats, Merry! You made it in "by the skin of your teeth." lol You will be contacted via email as well. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and please come back, as we will be doing more reviews and giveaways in the near future!

    ~Diana Flowers

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  26. Thanks for the review, Diana! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks also to everyone who posted comments! Congrats to Merry on winning the book. I hope you enjoy it! God bless all of you!

    ~Christy Barritt
    www.christybarritt.com

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  27. Awesome Sharing!!
    Keep Posting...
    Thanks for inspirational Flowers suggestion!!Windsor Florists

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