Guarded (May Hollow Trilogy, Book #2)

Guarded May Hollow Trilogy Book Former New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is adjusting to farm life when her grandmother threatens to tear down the old stone house unable to finance a restoration after the summer fire Anni

  • Title: Guarded (May Hollow Trilogy, Book #2)
  • Author: Angela Correll
  • ISBN: 9781633931367
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • Former New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is adjusting to farm life when her grandmother threatens to tear down the old stone house, unable to finance a restoration after the summer fire.Annie s boyfriend Jake has severed his corporate life in Cincinnati and is jumping headlong into sustainable farming on the land next door Their new relationship is wonderful buFormer New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is adjusting to farm life when her grandmother threatens to tear down the old stone house, unable to finance a restoration after the summer fire.Annie s boyfriend Jake has severed his corporate life in Cincinnati and is jumping headlong into sustainable farming on the land next door Their new relationship is wonderful but can it last As they take steps forward, a paralyzing fear of abandonment threatens to destroy her trust in Jake As Annie works to save the old stone house she finds letters written during World War II that reveal a family mystery and an Italian connection Her grandmother is hesitant to uncover the secret, afraid of what it might mean to her family s name if the truth is laid bare Comments from a nosy neighbor solidify Annie s fears about herself and when Beulah agrees for Annie to travel to Italy to search out the family mystery, Annie is happy for the time away to sort out all her feelings In the meantime, Beulah is left with an unexpected Italian Catholic houseguest who wreaks havoc with Beulah s Baptist ways and country routine As the family mystery in Italy unfolds, Annie is forced to face her own past She is ultimately faced with a choice will she let history sabotage the future

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    1. There are some novels that stick with you no matter how long it has been since reading it. Ms. Correll’s first book was one of those. I was surprised by the depth of the story and it really hit home for me.This new release is written in the same vein, with depth and descriptions that take you right into the story. I could really relate to the fear and insecurity that Anne was feeling. Losing a job and having to come home. Hearing what others think about you… and the fear of unknown and yet t [...]

    2. I really enjoyed reading Guarded by Angela Correll. The main character, Annie, had gone through some major life changes and we follow her in a journey that turns out to be more self-discovery than anything. It was something I could relate to in a deep level at this moment in my own life. I loved traveling to Italy with Annie in an effort to find lost family. Beaulah is a stickler who you can't help but love even though she makes you roll your eyes occasionally. The true star, in my opinion, is R [...]

    3. Sometimes the best kept secrets lay buried where no one can hopefully find them. However this is not the case. When a fire burns through one room of the stone home in Kentucky, Annie Taylor along with her grandmother Beulah discovered a metal box containing letters from Beulah's parents as they received word from her brother Ephraim who was serving overseas during WWII. It isn't so much what is discovered in the stack of letters her parents kept, but why would they keep them buried beneath the f [...]

    4. I really enjoy a good family mystery and this book definitely delivered. I enjoyed reading about the different characters and found myself relating to more than one of them.

    5. I won "Guarded" by Angela Correll in a GoodReads Giveaway that I entered because I liked the cover and it sounded like an interesting book.There are quite a few characters in the book, maybe too many. Some of the main characters seemed to be placeholders rather than fully developed characters that I cared about as a reader. I felt some of the people such as Beulah, Rossella and Vesta were more interesting, and cared more about them than the main characters Annie and Jake. The whole town seems to [...]

    6. This was the perfect summer read! A beautiful story of mystery, family, and love Being from Kentucky, Correll's characters were so believable, from the nosy & presumptuous neighbor to the traditional Baptist. I can't wait to continue the story in book 3!

    7. Loved her first book Grounded so Guarded was a must read. Looking forward to seeing Guarded on stage at the Pioneer Playhouse this summer. Can't wait for Book 3! (Kentucky setting, Kentucky author, first loves, family, going home, letters, World War II).

    8. I loved the history searches to save an old house, remodeling and the search for Annie's relatives in Italy that was throughout this whole book. I am going to certainly be looking for more books by this author!

    9. Though I enjoyed the first book, this one became even more compelling as the plot thickened around the Italian connection and as characters deepened.

    10. GUARDED is actually the second book by Angela Correll which features Ann Taylor, her grandmother, and the rural Kentucky community where Taylor grew up. While I did not read the first, titled GROUNDED, I had no problems following this second novel. Taylor is now living with her grandmother and wants to restore the family's stone house which had previously been damaged in a fire. Hoping to access some historical grant money, Taylor turns to an elderly black woman in a nursing home who believes th [...]

    11. Readers may remember I reviewed Correll's first book, GROUNDED in the fall of 2013. Correll writes from her Kentucky home surrounded by farm animals and gardens. She is passionate about farming and has her own farm-to-table restaurant as well as a shop that sells natural beauty products. These passions, as well as her faith, come through in the stories she writes. In GUARDED, Correll picks up on Annie's story from GROUNDED. Annie had been laid off by her job as a flight attendant and dumped by t [...]

    12. What a delight to find another author to put on the favorites list! I immediately fell into Angela Correll’s second novel, Guarded. The charming rural Kentucky setting matched with appealing characters and a story that piqued and kept my interest all added up to a very pleasurable reading experience. This novel, definitely women’s fiction, is book 2 in a series and continues the story begun in Grounded. I have not read book 1, but never felt behind or confused — the author does a good job [...]

    13. Guarded is a wonderful novel of family dynamics, including extended family and a search for information regarding Annie's ancestors. The old stone house on her grandmother's property holds a key to Annie's past, and her future. A connection with a brilliant, elderly black woman unlocked many of the keys to both of their families and an unsuspected history they share. I was so connected to this book that I had a lot of trouble putting it aside. Annie is a sweet but insecure young woman who is sea [...]

    14. It is commonly understood that sequels are not quite as good, but this is one of the exceptions to that rule. This book, like its predecessor, takes place in Kentucky. Unlike the previous book however, the story focuses on family history revealed in letters about World War II. Part of why I enjoyed this book so much is doubtless my interest in history---and the focus of this book is a part of American history that everyone should know about.

    15. I received a review copyThis cover caught my attention right away. The colors really stood out to me and then after reading the blurb and learning we would have the past mixed in with the present, I was sold. I love these types of books! The beginning started off a little slow for me, though I was interested in the events happening. I wasn’t super engaged yet but then the letters were found and things started to really pick up for me. There are secrets to be revealed and a heartbreaking love s [...]

    16. Annie came home to stay with her grandmother and ended up staying to help her with the fire damage on her historical home in Kentucky. Going through old things in the attic a box of letters was found. The letters were mostly from her grandmother's brother who was killed in WWII. Under the box was a special compartment with a letter and a picture, pointing them to a connection to Italy.Annie and her best friend decide to go to Italy to find this connection.This was a pretty good book but not a pa [...]

    17. Some family secrets are kept well hidden, 'guarded', and kept buried- sometimes literally. Often times they bubble to the surface only to open up a vault of questions and and in this casearch.Others have given a story synopsis so i won't but this book was worth every minute spent reading it. Annie Taylor heads south to KY to come to the assistance of her grandmother and, over time, co-incidently, finds answers and MORE questions to family history that sends her overseas!I DO wish i had read GROU [...]

    18. Frankly, my expectations were low because most Christian fiction is hard to swallow. But Correll's book was a nice surprise. Unlike most Christian novels, the writing was good. People have Bibles, go to church, and pray, but faith is never forced or awkward. There is romance, but it isn't the only focus of the story. The lost/found letters lead to an adventure for Annie and her grandmother that brings healing to old hurts, which makes this light read very satisfying.

    19. Angela Correll's follow up to "Grounded" doesn't disappoint. Her characters have become dear friends and I enjoy visiting with them. The culture in which Correll sets her story is one I recognize and it feels very authentic. (It may be my imagination, but I see a strong Anne of Green Gables influence.) I loved this book and look forward to the next.

    20. Truly enjoyedThis book was beautifully written but a VERY SLOW START. Stay with it. gets better. It's all about family and how generations are tied together. Different cultures definitely add humor!

    21. I loved "Guarded" by Angela Correll. Now I will go back and read the first book of hers "Grounded".This story was heartwarming, suspenseful, and with believable characters in the middle of many of the problems we all face. Just my cup of tea! I won a copy of this book in a giveaway.

    22. Easy and wholesome "small town" love story. A little slow at times and somewhat predictable, but it has an enjoyable storyline and is a definite "feel good" kind of book.

    23. WonderfulI enjoyed this book very much. Is there other about what happens to these people? I hope so!! You must read it.

    24. GuardedA very interesting story of a family after World War II. Some history and some fiction . You get to know Annie and enjoy reading about her family.

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