Title: The Shadow Guardian: Lost Dreams
Author: Callie Browning
Publication Year: 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Bad luck seems to be following Rachel Stephens. First she loses her job, suspects she’s pregnant and has to end her toxic relationship with a handsome doctor.
When a duppy, a legendary Caribbean creature, visits Rachel late one night it sets off a chain of events that could threaten Rachel’s life…and the lives of those around her. The duppy is a complex spirit most noted for haunting the dreams of their enemies, but are also known for their mischievous – and sometimes malicious – antics.
The daunting visitor brings Rachel a message – one that can’t be ignored. Now Rachel must find a way to stop the bad luck the omen brings, before there’s no turning back.
Set in the beautiful Caribbean island of Barbados, this is a thrilling tale of intrigue and suspense that will leave readers wanting more.
Goodreads’ Rating: ★★★.95
This debut novel of Callie Browning made me feel like I am in a roller coaster ride. The characters, I think, especially Rachel must have been thinking that she is also in a roller coaster ride because she experienced a lot of different things. She experienced happiness, sadness, depression even, and a lot more. But what I like about the story is that Rachel has this great, real, best friend Tillie. Actually, Tillie also experienced a roller coaster ride. But through it all, Tillie and Rachel are together (though there were some problems).
But this novel is not just all about friendship. It is also about love. Rachel went through two consecutive heartbreaks, while Tillie was also having love problems with her husband. What I learned in this book about love is that we should not rush on it. Love takes time.
Trust is another subject matter on Browning’s novel. Rachel seemed to be trusting the wrong persons. In fact, it is what got her into real trouble. Browning wrote about trust the beautiful way! It is what caused this book to have a twist. Words are not enough to explain how awesome Callie Browning put up the twist.
Overall, I really liked the book. I enjoyed reading it. It is a light read, but it is so good. All the elements are tight, and connecting with one another.
I recommend this to everyone who are into some kind of funny, inspirational, suspense, and mystery novels. 😉
My Rating: ★★★★