09 February 2017

Review & Giveaway: The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

The Reluctant Guardian 
by Susanne Dietze
(Love Inspired Historical, 2017)

Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Exceptional Regency by an 
Exceptional 
Inspirational Fiction Author!

Gemma is being held "emotional hostage" by her narcissistic and toxic sister-in-law. Her love for her two darling nephews keeps her in place as she awaits a long-expected forthcoming marriage proposal. Then Tavin Knox interrupts her life, turning everything around.


Initially subtle, the spiritual thread weaves stronger as the novel progresses. I've loved all of Ms. Dietze's other stories and this book was also wonderful. 


I received an advance copy PDF from Susie Dietze, upon my request. I am under no obligation to give a positive rating or review. 

I highly recommend this 
delicious read!!!

Giveaway: Susie has offered the giveaway of a signed paperback copy to one of our lucky readers! Answer this question: What makes you like Regency romance?

42 comments:

  1. Thanks for the wonderful review! I'm so grateful!

    Have a wonderful day.

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    1. You are welcome, Susie! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story with me! Blessings!

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  2. I grew up reading Regency romances. The books are always well developed and clean, but more than that, I fall in love with the characters. That time period always seemed to hold sway over me. Don't know why, but it does.

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    1. Thanks, Daphne, for answering. I think you have something there about Regencies being more well-developed. I think they have to be because of the intricacies of the time period.

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  3. I love reading regency time period books. The culture is fascinating and the "houses" being more mansion than anything else, at least for the privileged set.

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    1. It is fun to get a view of the privileged lifestyle back then, isn't it, Andrea! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Wonderful review Carrie! I have The Reluctant Guardian on my ever so long TBR list. I have read other books by Susanne Dietze and have enjoyed them and am sure I will this one as well.

    I love regency stories, there is just something about that era that seems so romantic. I love the clothes, homes and, well the way of life.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. It does seem like an especially romantic time, doesn't it, Tina! I find the clothes from Regency so lovely, too!

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  5. I like Regency romance because therebseems to be so much elegance. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.

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    1. There does seem to be an elegance to the period as depicted in Regency fiction, Susan. Thanks for commenting!

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  6. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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  7. What a great read. Thanks for this giveaway.
    MarionMPC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  8. This looks like an interesting book. Thank you for the giveaway.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  9. What's not to like!? :D LOL! I LOVE Regency, the romance, the balls, some times Masquerades!, the drama, the elegance! (deep sigh) LOVE IT!!!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. You are so funny, Amada! And you are so right!!! Romance, balls, masquerades, drama and elegance woo hoo!!!

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    2. :) Oh and the clothes!!!! How could I forget them!? Those dress are FANTASTIC!!!!!!! SO many layers, I'm happy I never had to wear that many, but they're still gorgeous! ;)

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  10. I find the villages fascinating and the cobblestones delightful ~ like the sound of horses' hooves on a rainy night ~ I am an envisioning reader.
    This story sounds intriguing. A spy being a protector and still being about his business. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Me, too! I love imagining something like that. I guess that's why I love Mackinac Island, too -- like a little bit of a getaway into the past, especially at night when the island is quieter!

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  11. The horses hooves on the cobblestones! Love it!

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  12. I love Regency Romance. The etiquette and rules of society do fascinate. I love it all actually.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  13. I like the clothing, manners, etiquette, the overall culture of the people then, so civilized.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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    1. Except that many, beneath the veneer of civility, were anything but civilized, lol! But it is fascinating!

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  14. Some are all about elegance and while others quaintness. They are a good escape and education, I think. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. CATHY, yes, I love the elegant and sometimes quaintness of the Regencies

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    2. CONGRATS CATHY on winning a copy of Susie Dietze's new novel!

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  15. There is just a sense of a slower pace in regency stories. Meals are more elaborate with there many courses. Everyone dresses for dinner and there are horses everywhere :). Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book!
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. BETTI, yes it seems like life was slower -- for the wealthy and titled, at least!

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  16. Thanks Carrie for this review! I had a feeling this was a good book and this review confirms it! Can't wait to read it!! Thanks also to Susanne for writing this great Regency story! I would say the elegance,clothes,the feeling of romance and adventure are what I like about Regency stories. Please throw my name in the giveaway. lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LYNNE, you would love this story! I wouldn't be surprised if it wins an award next year. Susie Dietze has outdone herself!

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  17. The stories during the Regency period are fun to read with people dancing around each other, using subtle hints and politeness to show they are interested. Gentleman courting ladies. Thanks for doing a giveaway!

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    1. KAREN, You put it so well, the "dancing around each other using subtle hints and politeness to show they are interested" in romance! Will put your name in the virtual "hat!"

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  18. THE CLOTHES!!! And the tea and well-mannered gentleman. I love it all!

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  19. I enjoy the details that are specific only to that area. A much slower time..the parties..the history of the places people lived..how they spent their time..it is just a great time period. Please enter me. cjmosley2002@yahoo.com

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    1. Regencies are filled with cool details and parties, aren't they, JENNY?

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  20. I like Regency romance because I like reading about that time period. The locations, clothes and the glamour.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Regency romances are fun to read! Love the time period.

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  22. I have read several Regency romances over the years of reading and I have enjoyed everyone I read. They are very fast moving and the characters keep you very interested in finding out how their story develops and works out at the end. Most have been real page turners.

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  23. I love the social culture of the Regency era. The manners, the way the men are so chivalrous. I also love reading about the fashions and the parties. It's fascinating to me.
    Scruggs2 at Comcast dot net

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  24. I love the customs and culture of the regency period. The characters are constrained societal morals but always manage to sidestep them.

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