Monday, 26 July 2010

Re-read - My Guardian Angel - K.R. Bailey

My Guardian Angel

Publisher: Wild Rose Press

Author: K.R. Bailey

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After thirty-eight years of marriage, Emma Clawson is alone. A widow. Her husband has always taken care of everything, the fields, the yard, even plowing snow off the driveway. She’s spent her life caring for her husband and family. Now she must find a way to move on. But how?

Joe Bailey, a handsome widower, involved with a rich, beautiful woman, finds their relationship is lacking. His family has encouraged him to date, but the women he meets don’t fill the empty void deep in his heart.

When Joe is asked to help harvest the fields for a neighbor, he is drawn to the pretty brown-haired widow with the sad, lonely eyes. She is fighting the ravages of loneliness and insecurity, and he longs to be there to help and care for her. Can he find the way into her heart? Will she allow him to help her learn to live again?

Emma felt shy like a high school girl on her first date. She scampered towards the house, pausing as she opened the door to look and see if Joe was following her. He was so close she gasped when his tall lean body brushed up against hers.
"Sorry," he mumbled as he held the door open for her.

Emma drank in the masculine smell of him, looked up at his full mouth, then ran through the door. "Have a seat. Oh, let me take your coat." She reached quickly, pulling it from his shoulders. "Would you like some hot chocolate?" She pushed nervously at her hair. He was a stranger in her house. She moved to the counter, eyes darting over her shoulder to see what he was doing.

"Are you uncomfortable with me here?" Joe asked quietly, his eyes never leaving her face.

"What? No. I ... would you prefer I make coffee?" Emma turned towards the sink. She didn't wait for his reply as she put water in a cup. Being alone with a man was making her jittery.

"I'd love hot chocolate."

"You would?"

"Yes, if it's not an imposition." This time he chuckled at her unease. "Can I help you with anything?"
"Oh, no. Just have a seat. Hope you don't mind sitting in the kitchen."

He pulled out the wooden kitchen chair with the red-checkered cushion and sat down. "Not at all."

© K.R. Bailey

My Thoughts

After the loss of her husband Emma finds it a struggle to get back into the swing of things. Having friends and family around helps a great deal, but also leaves her with little time to sit and just grieve for her loss.

On one such neighbourly visit she learns of Joe Bailey, a widower who seems to be coping after the loss of his wife – and from the sounds of it – enjoying himself as well.

When she gets to meet this ageing lothario first hand and finds not only a gentle but shy man who’s having the same struggles as she is –she learns that it all comes down to facing each day one day at a time.

Emma soon realizes that the admiration she feels for Joe is actually attraction and he reciprocates, but with other love interests and the little demon of insecurity at the back of her mind, will they ever get the chance to be together?

MY GUARDIAN ANGEL is a book that steps outside of the mould of young nubile protagonists, that have all the energy and zest to make things happen. This is a read where both people have already lived a good life - a life they were happy with, satisfied in and while not perfect would not change any aspect of it.

Emma and Joe are perfect, living life at a slower pace and with enough experience of life to know and value what is important and what makes them happy.

I dont often read books about older protags, because there are so few really and as such this is one of those books that I go back to time and time again. The concept is simple, the pace is slow – not dragging but a respectful page and I love that the book is not overrun with all the modern day dramas that sometimes are irrelevant in the big scheme of things.

Simply a wonderful read and I enjoy this one very much.

5 Speak To Me:

Chris on 26 July 2010 at 23:30 said...

Is this one of your comfort reads?

Erotic Horizon on 26 July 2010 at 23:34 said...

Yup - I keep jumping from book to book - So I just gave in and grab some comfort reads...

They never let me down....

:)

Sassy Brit on 27 July 2010 at 10:12 said...

Sounds great, and quite refreshing - I can understand why you like it so much.

Erotic Horizon on 28 July 2010 at 07:12 said...

@Sassy..

It is a great read and because it's a older couple - it is as you say a refreshing read...

Wish more of these were around...

E.H>

Sassy Brit on 28 July 2010 at 09:03 said...

If I discover any I will let you know!