The Forgiven Duke
The Forgotten Castles Series
B&H Publishing Group
ISBN - 13: 978-1-4336-7323-8
July 2012 release
Jamie is a preacher's daughter that read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.
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Perhaps you remember reading here about my new favorite author, Jamie Carie, and her recent book The Guardian Duke? Well, she's done it again, The Forgiven Duke, the second in the Forgotten Castles Series, is set to release this July. I got a copy to provide this review, and I'm so glad I did. Check out this teaser:
"Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon—the path of least resistance—Alexandria Featherstone sets off from Ireland to Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. Her 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 and 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 of him 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."
This second book of Jamie's trilogy was easily as good as her first. I really enjoy her believable characters and rich descriptions throughout both books. Both the Duke of St. Easton and Alexandria Featherstone are headstrong, independent, and far from perfect, but they seemed destined for each other. Or do they? I'm not telling, but I can tell you that Jamie takes the story from Ireland to Iceland, and the story takes a few twists and turns that you might not expect.
Jamie's writing style is easy-to-read and enjoyable. I only found one thing lacking--the rest of the story. Now I'll be waiting patiently for the third book of the trilogy, mostly because I have no choice. I think you'll enjoy this book, and the cliffhanger will definitely bring you back for Jamie's final installment in the series.
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