Friday, February 10, 2012

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie

About The Forgiven Duke:

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

My Review:

I can honestly say that I just love this new series by Jamie Carie tilted the Forgotten Castles, it is absolutely delicious!! The Forgiven Duke is book 2 in the series and picks up right where we left off from The Guardian Duke.  Alexandria is still on her dangerous quest to find her parents alive and is now sailing for Iceland with her fiancĂ©' John.  Alex struggles with doubt about her relationship with John  and whether or not he is the right man for her when she is constantly thinking about her guardian Gabriel. 

Gabriel is more convinced than ever that he must keep Alexandria safe and when he sees her sail away with John he is determined to find her and warn of the severe danger she's in because of the treasure her parents were looking for and its importance.  He is also struggling with being deaf.  He feels if Alexandria learns about his disability that she will not care for him like she does now.

As the story progresses both Gabriel and Alexandria have their faith tested.  They struggle to rely on God but learn leaning on Him will provide the strength you need.  I liked watching the characters grow and develop as believers, their struggles were realistic.  Even though there was Christian tones and messages throughout the book, I didn't find it overly preachy.

The Forgiven Duke is very much a historical romance but there also so much more to the story.  There is a mystery that continues to grow and suspense that has you guessing until the end.  At the end of this book I feel momentarily satisfied but also anxious to read book three to continue the story!!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

About Jamie Carie:

Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, Jamie is a preacher’s daughter. Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch. The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad spent a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes.

And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

Piles of poems, short stories, skits and song lyrics later, Jamie grew up and married. When her eldest son turned five she decided to try her hand at novels. Eight years and lots of rejection letters later, Snow Angel was published and won ForeWord Magazine’s Romance Book of the Year, a USA Book News “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA® Awards Best First Book finalist. In 2010 Wind Dancer was a finalist in the Indiana State Library Best Books of Indiana. It was the beginning of her dream career.

With seven books currently in circulation and her first three book series coming in 2012, Jamie has made an impressive contribution to the inspirational, historical romance genre featuring heroines who are fierce in their beliefs and love. Romantic Times exclaimed, "Carie is a welcome new voice in the inspirational fiction market." And, "Carie writes with her heart on every page of her books." Jamie has a passion for history and believes in the power of love stories. She lives with her husband and three boys in Indianapolis, Indiana.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”


Snow Angel
The Duchess and the Dragon
Wind Dancer
Love's First Light
Angel's Den
Pirate of my Heart
The Snowflake (a Christmas novella)

Coming in 2012:
The Forgotten Castles Series (A continuous series to be read in order)
The Guardian Duke
The Forgiven Duke
A Duke's Promise

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Jamie's email: jamie@jamiecarie(dot)com


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