Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

About The Guardian Duke:

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.Endorsements:"Get lost in Ireland in this rollicking adventure with a brave, headstrong heroine and a relentless yet honorable duke determined to save her from a dangerous quest. With rich characterization and an intriguing plot, Jamie Carie's The Guardian Duke will leave you breathless for the next installment!"-- Susan May Warren, best-selling author of Baroness
My Review:

The first book of Jamie Carie's Forgotten Castles series starts off with a bang!! We have a Regency-era story filled an intriguing castle, a handsome duke, a heart-tugging tale weaved with mystery, suspense and romance!!  Loved it!!

I didn't realize when I started reading this book that it was a series that continued.  I knew it was a series but I thought each book was kind of like a stand-alone with similar story lines or characters!! Boy was I surprised when I got the end of The Guardian Duke and it didn't end!! I was left breathless with the ending, and instantly grabbed my net galley copy of book 2 and began devouring it!!

We have Alexandria who lives in a old castle primarily on her own. Her parents are often gone for long periods of time.  When her parents are suspected dead she suddenly finds herself the ward of the Duke of St Easton.  The Duke pleads for her to come to him and stay under his protection via his letters but she not-so-politely refuses! She isn't convinced her parents are dead so she is not ready to give up her life to go live with a Duke she has never met.

The correspondence between the Duke and Alexandria are quite hilarious.  Alex has this way of coming being completely sarcastic yet sweet at the same time and I enjoyed her silly humor.  Their friendship blooms over the course of these letters and it is just wonderful!  The letters are truly the best part of the book! Every time there was a letter, I held my breath in anticipation to read what was wrote!!  Brilliant!

Like I said earlier, the ending is not what you'll expect and you will instantly be dying to read the next book in the series!!

Thank you to net galley for providing me a free copy of the book in exchange for my personal and honest opinion.  All opinions are my own.

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!” 

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