A Forgotten Castles Novel
Book Review and Giveaway
$14.99 - 311 pages
When is the last time you read the first few pages of a book and knew you'd found a new favorite author? I'm excited to tell you about this book I recently received to write this review.
Written by award-winning novelist, Jamie Carie, The Guardian Duke is a Regency-era romantic adventure where the hero and heroine have not met but know each other through written letters.
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. Alexandria ignores the royal assignment, believing her parents are still alive, and she follows clues that may help her find them. Gabriel, pressured by the King, chases her across England and Ireland but manages to keep ending up 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.
So, what jumped out at me from this book making me want more? This story is full of rich descriptions of London and North Umberland, England in the early 19th century (1818). There are characters ranging from a feisty young woman with missing parents and her faithful old servants to a duke who receives orders from the king. The book starts out with the two main characters, Gabriel and Alexandria, coming from very different worlds. Along the way letters are exchanged periodically, but the characters do not meet. Gabriel and Alexandria end up learning about each other and desire to eventually meet. I'll not spoil it for you by telling you what happens when they meet, but I will tell you that you'll want to read more. (wink, wink, nod, nod -- cliffhanger ending) (Yes, another book follows this one and comes out in July 2012. Watch for The Forgiven Duke, book two of the Forgotten Castles series--I'm looking forward to reading the continuing story which moves to Iceland--the Land of Fire and Ice.) By the way, I'm not really into romance novels, but this one is written in a fashion which catches and keeps my attention. I look forward to reading all three books of this trilogy.
*There are also some great discussion questions included at the end of the book.
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***It's Giveaway Time!!***
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included in the random drawing to be held March 9, 2012.
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