The Guardian by David Wilma

The Guardian by David Wilma
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
Genre: Historical, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (230 pgs)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Ginger

In 1850, opposition to the Fugitive Slave Law grows in Philadelphia. Phyllis Lewis uses her job as a boarding house cook to expose the bounty hunters who seize runaway slaves. When the leader of her resistance cell is falsely accused of being a runaway and kidnapped by federal marshals, she resolves to rescue her friend. With the help of a harlot, a burglar, a traveling salesman, a lawyer, and a network of supporters, they confront the slaveocracy and the power and authority of the U.S. Government.

The Guardian was a book that actually surprised me. It actually turned out to be a good read. With the beginning starting some what blindly as to not giving a description of the main narrating character I was some what thrown off. Phyllis’s name wasn’t revealed until several pages well into the book. After giving it much thought, and even though this was odd I really didn’t mind the lack of description of Phyllis. This gave the novel a different feel; with only knowing that Phyllis is of mixed race I felt I was allowed to give Phyllis a face that I wanted to see her as. As I think more on it maybe the author doesn’t want the reader to focus on the characters visual appearance. The actions of the characters made them likable or unlikable. And Phyllis was definitely a character that I found to be very likable and heroic.

Phyllis took pride in her duties as a cook for Mrs. Saltonstalh and those visiting the local boarding house. However, when first approached by Seth to be a helper against the Fugitive Slave Law she was some what hesitant. As events play out and Seth is actually taken by slave catchers Phyllis steps up and actually begins to lead a plan of action to find Seth.

This was a pleasant read that I found quite interesting and entertaining. At times the author got a little wordy and gave a little too much detail but he quickly recovered and found his way back to the meat of the novels outline. I am quite pleased that I stuck with the book and gave it a chance because it turned out that I became so involved in the plot and wanted to see how the story played out. I like that the women had a play in the movement and that they had a voice and played an important roll showing strength and courage during a time that women weren’t seen to have a voice. Even Katherine used the skills that she had to get the necessary information that was needed to help carry out their plan.

I enjoyed the plot and the strategy of how the story played out. The story is unique to me and I have to mention it was well written and told in a fashion that left me in suspense up until the finale was revealed. Only one issue I could mention would be that Mrs. Phyllis being a married woman was away from her husband for three months. Even though it was for a good cause, I found it odd that she would leave her job and husband for the cause of finding stolen freed slaves. Just in case it’s not understood this was a highly risky plan that was set in place that could have easily played out with unfavorable results.

Overall the book is enjoyable, gave a pleasing message of courage and determination to help those that were in need of help. It is a heartfelt read that people would actually risk their life in hopes to help others find and keep freedom. That in itself speaks volumes of the love for humanity and it’s right to be free. This is a novel that I found unique and would recommend this story of courage to anyone that is looking for an adventure that will keep them occupied until the last word of the novel is read.

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