When Gemma Lyfeld inadvertently interrupts a dangerous smuggling operation in her English village, she’s rescued by a mysterious Scottish spy. Now with criminals after her and her hopes for an expected marriage proposal recently dashed, she will make her society debut in London. But not without the man tasked with protecting her…

Covert government agent Tavin Knox must keep Gemma safe from the criminals who think she can identify them—a mission he never wanted. But as he escorts her and her rascally nephews around London, the lovely English lass proves braver than he ever imagined. Suddenly, the spy who works alone has one Season to become the family man he never dreamed he’d be.

My Thoughts:

This delightful story has all the elements that I love! A swoon-worthy hero, a strong capable heroine, tender moments that make you sigh in contentment, a touch of mystery and intrigue, that kept me turning pages, and most of all threads of faith that remind us that forgiveness isn’t something we can earn, it is a gift we need only accept.

These characters are so well written, that I felt like I was in the story with my friends. From early on I found myself invested in their story and swept away with the engaging storyline.  If you haven’t read this book yet, I’d encourage you to find a copy.

Gemma Lyfeld isn’t a shrinking violet. She knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to go after it. While she does have one fear, she faces it with determination. I found myself cheering for her. I appreciated her spunk and her tenacity.

Tavin Knox is a government agent, he isn’t interested in attending parties, rubbing shoulders with the upper crust, and he certainly isn’t interested in dancing or escorting a lovely lady around London. Especially not one who takes chances and distracts him from his job.

Just when you think you have the mystery solved, new facts come to light that will keep you guessing and turning pages. I give this captivating story 5-stars and encourage you to take time to read this story! I’m going to find more stories from Susanne Dietze to share with you.

(I purchased a copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts and options I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

“Will you dance with me, Gemma?” His voice sounded tremulous. “Again?”
The squeeze of her fingers assured him of her assent.
“Until my slippers are worn through”

About the Author:


Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the author of several historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and loves fancy-schmancy tea parties, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos. You can visit her at:


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15 thoughts on “The Reluctant Guardian by Susanne Dietze

  1. Waving hi to bellesmoma and Trisha! Hope you ladies are having a great day so far.

    Trisha, thank you so much for reading and reviewing! What a blessing! Sooo glad you liked it. You made my day.

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  2. This story sounds so good. I am a little embarrassed to say this out loud, but as a man… and back as a teen boy, this is the type of story line I would fantasize about as I fell asleep. You know, those hot summer nights in which you have a hard time sleeping… those nights where you need to tell yourself stories to entertain yourself until you fall asleep, or the sun comes up, stories to keep you from going mad due to the hot restless night. Come on, I can’t be the only one who did OR does this???

    Great review Trisha. You have such a masterful way of exciting my senses to the highlights of a story…. like a starving bird of prey ready to dive in and devour what you spyed out for me.

    Nicole, bellesmoma, I would love to see a review from you on this book. You have such a way of bringing the stories you review to heart. Your reviews always make me want to read and share the book in your latest review. Your literary insights are second to none.


  3. I get to read Susie’s work first! Since she first started finaling in contests years ago, it’s been clear she has a lovely way with words!

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