Guardian Angel

Master of Illusion Book 4
February 14, 2018
Votes: 6
Audience Adult, Young Adult
Word Count 120-140k (pretty long)

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Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

The Rundown

Armand DeLaine works for the marquis de Beaulieu as a tutor to his son, Nicolas. Nicolas and his mother, Angelique, are concert vocalists who tour Europe, so Armand accompanies them as they travel about touring. Armand’s father is a publisher, bent on publishing the memoir of the late Madame Dupont, Angelique’s godmother. He was sent to spy on them in order to see if the information written about them and their noble family is indeed true so
that the memoir can be published.

But Armand falls in love with the family and immediately regrets his betrayal. He is on a long boat cruise with the family and cannot get home to reach his father and beg him not to publish the book about them. As soon as the boat docks, Armand asks for time off to see his family. The marquis generously grants him leave. Armand tries to tell his father that Madame Dupont specifically stated in her will that the diary was to be kept private. Unfortunately, Armand arrives immediately after the book has been published. His father needed the money and also got approval to publish the story from another relative, Countess Kireyevsky, who only cares for money and cares not for the family or anyone else.

The marquis and his wife find out about Armand’s betrayal and Armand is let go from his position. But Nicolas, the boy he tutors, has grown close to Armand and so Armand is allowed to stay. Thus begins a close friendship between Nicolas and Armand.

Earlier, Nicolas had signed a contract to perform at the Opera Magique, owned and run by the cruel Countess Kireyevsky. In fine print it stated that Nicholas must perform there every week. So Nicolas has to move in order to perform there consistently. He and Armand befriend one of the dancers there named Lisette. Lisette helps them navigate the turbulent waters of dealing with the countess and finding another singer, Gerry, who can pretend to be Nicolas and fill in for him when he is unable to sing.

The plot takes another turn when Hitler comes to power and WWII breaks out. Then everyone must try and navigate the tension of averting the Nazis.


The Recommendation

Those who like plot driven suspense novels that cover many years, include a number of characters in the plot, or readers of sweet historical romance, will enjoy this story. It is reminiscent of THE SOUND OF MUSIC in that it is a story of a musical family who must interrupt their lives in order to deal with the war and also contains a love story as a subplot.

This story is not for those who enjoy character driven novels, as one of the weaknesses was character development. The story was told from multiple points of view so it was difficult to know who to root for. There was also a bit of confusion in the first few chapters because the point of view changed so often. Once the novel was in full swing, a few chapters in, it was easy to see where the story was headed and the story line and characters were easier to keep track of.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars

4 Stars (out of 5): Recommended. For the right audience, this book is a great read. It can hold its own against any traditionally published novel in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Page Turner
Cons: Character Developement, Plotline, Suspension of Disbelief

The Reviewer

Melody Delgado

Melody has been a published writer since 2000. Her work has appeared in national magazines and CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL. Her picture book, TEN ROARING DINOSAURS, was published by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. DO YOU KNOW HOW I GOT MY NAME? is a picture book published by Little Debbie/Mckee Foods. Her inspirational, historical YA romance, ROYALLY ENTITLED, was published by Clean Reads in May, 2017, which is part of her Brides of Brevalia series. OOPS-A-DAISY, a humorous, inspirational novel for young readers was also published in 2017, along with a YA novella, WHEN YOU WISH UPON A FAIRY.

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Author’s Summary

From the winner of the Silver (2016) & Bronze (2014) Medals for Modern Historical Literary Fiction in the Global Ebook Awards comes the World War II romantic saga, Guardian Angel, the fourth instalment in the Master of Illusion series.

Ten-year-old French singer Nicolas de Beaulieu seems to have it all in the rigours and depression of the 1930s: money, social status, fame. But as he grows up, he becomes no stranger to grief and loss.

World War II begins and Nicolas finds himself in deadly peril, hunted by the Nazis. His already complicated relationship with the girl he loves takes a new direction when France surrenders to Germany, and they fight a different kind of war as part of la Résistance.

Hidden in the fastness of their mountain stronghold, every day is a battle of wits, courage and endurance as they fight to survive and undermine the overwhelming might of the Nazi war machine. And it appears the Nazis have the upper hand until salvation comes from an unexpected source …

Fans of The Nightingale and The Lost Wife will enjoy this riveting historical romance saga.

Short Description

Ten-year-old French singer Nicolas de Beaulieu seems to have it all in the rigours of the 1930s, but as he grows up, he becomes no stranger to grief. World War II begins and Nicolas and the girl he loves find themselves in deadly peril, hunted by the Nazis.

Catchphrase

From innocence to resistance - A WWII romance saga

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Awards and Notable Endorsements


Nominated in the following categories: Modern Historical Literature Fiction, Fantasy - Historical Setting, Best Ebook Cover.

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