Historical Fiction, Review, Spotlight

The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze + First Line Friday

Happy Friday, reader friends! Today’s featured title is my first blind tour (like a blind date with a book) from JustRead Publicity Tours! Check out the first line and my review of The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze below, then open the book nearest you and share the first line!


The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

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With a furtive pat, Gemma Lyfeld blotted her nerve-damp palms on her white muslin gown.


my thoughts

This Regency romance has just the right balance of suspense and banter to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The weight of society and family expectations has exceedingly complicated Gemma and Tavin’s lives individually creating a delightful tangle at the intersection of their paths.

Gemma’s compassionate nature and tender mother’s heart for her nephews make her an easy-to-love heroine. The romance thread evolves beautifully from brother(in-law)’s friend with a healthy dose of antagonism to a determined protector. Once Tavin finally began slipping into his Scottish brogue I was a complete goner in the best readerly way!

The characters are well developed and authentic individuals learn to trust one another and lean on their faith as they make peace with their past and discern God’s will for their future. I’d be delighted to follow these characters in future stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.


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11 thoughts on “The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze + First Line Friday”

  1. I really enjoyed reading this book from Susie Dietz. She writes such wonderful stories! I’m glad you got the opportunity to read this one!

    Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett. This wonderful story releases on June 16. It takes place in Yellowstone National Park in 1933. Swing on by and check out the first line!


  2. I have not read The Reluctant Guardian yet, but I do enjoy the Love Inspired Historical novels. In fact, my First Line Friday is from one, The Road to Love by Linda Ford, which I absolutely loved:

    South Dakota
    Spring, 1933

    The windmill stood tall and stately like a prairie lighthouse.


  3. Looks like a great read!

    Today on my blog I shared the first line from The pink Bonnet by Liz Tolsma but I’m currently reading Britfield & the Lost Crown by C.R. Stewart so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (13) here: “Thirty minutes later, Tom and Sarah enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate, along with a tray of desserts including Bakewell tarts, Eccles cakes, treacle pudding and crème brulee.” Sounds appetizing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂


  4. Happy Friday!

    On my blog I shared the first couple of lines from one of my current reads The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson. It’s an upcoming release by a debut author, a fantasy full of magic and conflict between warring kingdoms. I hope you give it a read when it comes out next month.

    Here, though, let me share the first few lines from my other current read, Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa.

    “It was raining the day Suki came to the Palace of the Sun, and it was raining the night that she died.”

    I hope you’re having a good Friday so far. Happy weekend and happy reading! 😀


  5. This sounds so good. I will check it out as soon as I finish posting here. On my blog, I’m featuring A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears. Since it’s my current read, I will share the first line in Chapter Nine, which is where I left off: “You want me to cut all of this?” I hope your weekend is relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable!


  6. Happy Friday!

    I have not read any of the Love Inspired Historical Romances. The Reluctant Guardian looks like an interesting Regency and I’ll have to add it to my list of books to read.

    This week, I’m featuring Colleen Coble’s The Lightkeeper’s Bride on my blog. I’m also reading A Whisper of Peace by Kim Vogel Sawyer set in 1898 Alaska. I’m going to share the opening line: “Not once in all of her twenty-one years had Lizzie Dawson seen a moose behind her cabin.”

    Hope you have a nice weekend ?


  7. Oh, this sounds like one I need to read!

    I’m sharing from Karen Barnett’s Ever Faithful on my blog today. Here is the first line from Chapter 2:

    “What have you done now?” Nate kept his voice low as he tightened his fingers around his kid brother’s collar and glanced down the rain-darkened Brooklyn alley.”

    Have a great weekend!


  8. I like the opening line, although the cover reminds me why I’m not always a fan of faces on covers – that guy looks familiar, and now it’s bugging me …

    I’m sharing from Purple Moon by Tessa Emily Hall on my blog today, and I’m currently between books and looking for inspiration here on First Line Friday. Have a great weekend of reading!


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