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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite
Sebastian’s Sanctuary, the crown jewel of Aspen Grove’s park system, is threatened by Hollis Homes Property Developer Walter Kohlborg, who aims to construct Park Place Condominiums on the property. The residents of Country Nest come together to try to save Sebastian’s Sanctuary with its forty-acre park and wildlife. The Caretaker of Country Nest is Steve Turphin whose grandfather purchased the property and declared it a sanctuary, never to be developed. The residents form a pressure group, Defenders of Sebastian’s Sanctuary (DOSS) led by Raymond Tesseray. Colin (Steve’s brother-in-law) is the president of the organization called Sanctuary Guardian that protects and maintains the land. Author Ken Saik tells the suspenseful story of how this small group of dedicated people take on the wealthy, corrupt business leaders to save their beloved, special sanctuary.
Through his novel The Caretaker, Ken Saik brings us an important message. We must preserve our sanctuaries and it takes only a small group of dedicated people to fight corruption. I love the way Ken introduces new ways for the team to fight their battle including making use of the press, Mike Masters, and CBC News. The interesting array of characters carry this fast-paced story forward, showing that compassion and dedication go a long way in bringing a community together. The novel is smooth flowing and makes for comfortable reading pleasure. Ken Saik does an excellent job of describing the scenery and locations including the sanctuary and surrounding areas. All-round, a great story and highly recommended to readers of all ages.