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“Great book!!!”Boo wrote this review Wednesday, October 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After the King ordered Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton to be the guardian for Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are missing. Alexandria, who practically raised herself, does not feel the need for a guardian at this point. Alexandria wants to find and save her parents, and she assumes that the Duke is a stuffy old man who will put a stop to her desires. Immediately, Alexandria begins her plans to find her parents while keeping away from Gabriel and walking right into danger.
The Guardian Duke starts this series off on the right foot. Carie weaves an interesting romantic mystery as the main characters deal with personal problems and attempt to strengthen their relationships with the Lord. Carie describes the scenery beautifully, building visual pictures of the travels. This is a great read for historical romantic mystery readers of all ages.
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“I can't wait for the next book in this series to find out more of Alexandria and Gabriel's story. It's turning out to be a chase around the world!”Beth N wrote this review Friday, August 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I started The Forgiven Duke the same moment I finished The Guardian Duke. There is not so much as a cliffhanger ending as a story left unfinished. In the interview I posted yesterday, Jamie Carie said
I was able to really dive into their growth and development and create a sweeping plot that covered so much more ground than a stand alone story.
This is so evident in this story. Alex is revealed slowly and deliciously through her love for her parents, her care for her island, her old castle and the people that live there. (Oh yea, she lives in an old castle!!!)
Gabriel is revealed in so many layers... through frustrations and conflicts. The idea that he and Alex will get together also grows gradually. There's no insta-love OR love triangles. And I thought we had to have one or the other, at least!! Oh, no... this story has two unique characters with natural attractions that just keep compounding despite (or because of) the oddest circumstances.
I love the setting in the early 1800's Great Britain. I can feel the wind off the ocean, hear the accents during the trek across Ireland. Too fun. The clothes are described just enough to visualize Jane Austen style fashions. Too cute. I love the setting and I love, LOVE the characters.
Hey... even the supporting cast is full of flavor. I picture Meade in his alligator costume, spindly and leaping to Gabriel's assistance before he even asks. He's eager to please, but loaded with his own opinion, which is not always the same as "his Grace's". Admiral Montague is too utterly noble. He has his own past aches and although he is helping Alex, she is helping him, too. Baylor is the perfect Irish giant especially with his wife, "my harpy". Lol. Oh, and John Lemon... I had to laugh when he was referred to as a "fop" by Gabriel, of course, in a very jealous moment. He's the perfect, handsome gentleman. all gracious and kindness. But I can see that FOPness, too... it's there!! But Gabriel really shouldn't be talkin'... he lingers to "assist" a widowed beauty, the lovely Claire Montgomery. Oh, if only Alex knew!!
The flip-side of this book... is it is not a "fast" read. It has a lulling pace that unfolds it's secrets at it's own pace. There's a little action, I suppose, but the moments are brief. Minor incidents. There is also a bucket-load of cuteness. Lol. It's true!! I don't mean the parts where everyone tries their darndest to do the right thing - no, that's refreshing - but the parts where things keep working out well. Like... it's so handy that someone rescues Alex at just the right moment, or that they happen upon the group of people who remember an important clue on Alex's search. Over and over. I caught myself wishing that more things went wrong. Lol. The tension and the close calls between Alex and Gabriel start increasing by the end, though... so I have no idea what I'll do when I finish the next book. Probably camp out on the author's back porch 'til she coughs up A Duke's Promise!!
My Rating: 3.5 - This book is definitely worth reading. The scenes linger long after the covers are closed.
Cover Commentary: Gotta love the cover!! I think it's so great how well the model matches Alex!!”
“THE GUARDIAN DUKE by Jamie Carie is an interesting inspirational historical romance set in Regency England,Iceland, and Ireland. Can a couple through letters fall in love? A determined young lady,Lady Alexandria Featherstone,learns the King of England,believes her parents,treasure hunters on a mission for the King himself dead. He appoints her a guardian,the Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. The Duke of St. Easton, finds himself losing his hearing for some unknown reason. He finds comfort in Lady Alexandria’s letters. Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents whom she believes is still alive but in serious trouble. She will travel across England,Ireland and Iceland. Finding allies along the way to help her in her quest,for she is also somewhat of a puzzle solving. Which leads her guardian,Gabriel a merry chase across the countryside with her two new protectors in pursuit of her parents and the missing antiquities the King is searching for. A wonderful story of faith,adventure,a possible romance,and intrigue.BEWARNED: “The Guardian Duke” has a cliffhanger with a few questions left unanswered. Although,fast paced,I do hope to find the answers in the next installment “The Forgiven Duke”. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance with a twist. Received for an honest review from Net Galley and the publisher. Details can be found at B&K Books, and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More”
“"Deaf and haunted and a broken man that he was, he didn't care. He would not give up. Not ever. She belonged to him ...forever." Love it... What a way to end this book. The passion came 300 pages + later. I'm not disappointed.
Review to come later....on to The Forgiven Duke. The second in the series.”
“WOW! That's what I said when I finished The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie. I probably would have said it all throughout the book as well, but I was too caught up in the spine-tingling exploits to think about it. I'm thrilled to share this amazing book with you. So snuggle up in your coziest chair, grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, and let's journey together with our hero and heroine to far off lands sure to be full of exciting adventures!
The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie is the first book in the Forgotten Castles series. The year is 1818. Our heroine is Alexandria Featherstone who has the "heart of an adventuress and the imagination of a storyteller" (307). She lives on a beautiful, windswept island called Holy Island in Northumberland, England. There she dwells in a dilapidated castle, tending sheep, solving mysteries for the locals, and seeking adventures. But she constantly worries about her parents who have been missing for a little less than a year. They are famous treasure hunters, but they have been gone longer than normal this time. Others think them dead, but Alex will not give up hope!
Next meet our hero, Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. His life is at the forefront of society, among the bustle and pretensions of the London upper class. He enjoys listening to music above all else. Music is what fills his soul. Then the unthinkable occurs--he starts to have some kind of affliction with his hearing. He can no longer hear, or listen to music! His whole life is turned upside down. The same day his hearing is taken, he gets a note from the prince regent that he is a distant relation to Alexandria, her parents are presumed dead, and he is now her guardian.
There is one problem. This is the fact that Alexandria refuses to come to him, claiming she must instead go in search of her missing parents. Due to the sudden onset of his affliction, Gabriel is unable to go after Alex right away. Instead they begin a discourse of letters back and forth. Sparks fly as letters are exchanged. Finally the Duke determines that he must go after Alex himself. Thus begins an exciting chase across the amazing landscapes of England and Ireland! Will the Duke find Alex in time before more dangerous enemies catch her? Will Alex find her parents and the love she is seeking from them? Will the Duke choose faith over duty and help Alex find her parents?
My Review: I was immediately drawn to this book due to the fact that it includes castles, England, and the Regency period. It more than lived up to my expectations!!! I thought that the main character, Alexandria Featherstone, was such a wonderful character and I fell in love with her just like all of the other characters in the book fall for her. Her name, alone, is brilliant! I agree with Gabriel, the Duke, when he thinks to himself regarding her name, "'Alexandria.' Alexandria Featherstone. The name comforted him somehow, brought to mind a fairy creature from a world too brightly colored to ever be sad" (22) Alexandria's character is unique and spunky. It is an inspiring character. I love how she makes people like her and inspires such fierce loyalty in others.
The way the Duke's struggle with going deaf is portrayed made me really feel what he was going through and think about what that must be like for him. Jamie Carie describes his affliction in such detail, including what he feels, experiences, and undergos emotionally. I truly sympathized with him.
Both the hero and heroione have their own issues of control that they are facing and their own battles. I could relate as I am constantly having to give up my own control issues to God. Along with the journey and Gabriel's condition also comes an increase of feelings that he has not known before and a awareness of being alive.
I also enjoyed the supporting cast of characters. Each had such a wonderful personality and is loveable in their own way.
The whole story is written to have an air of poetry about it. It is lyrical and mesmerizing. The settings are written in brilliant colors and landscapes that leap off the page.
A lot of regencies have similar storylines, but The Guardian Duke is fresh, exciting and will whisk you off to new places!
This is a clean read. It is Christian fiction. ”
“ The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel
(A Forgotten Castles #1)
by Jamie Carie
5 out of 5 stars
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.
My Thoughts and Review
What a great start to a series. I found the characters to be engaging funny , serious and some to be our white Knight !Alexandria becomes the guardian of the Duke of St, Easton when Alexandria's parents are presumed dead.Her parents are treasure hunting looking for a lost tomb that has gone missing from a collection. Alexandria does not believe her parents are dead so puts forth a plan to rescue them but, to do that she needs money to travel with. Alex corresponds with the Duke making up or stretching the truth the amount of money she needs to keep things running at home. Alex letters are so funny they have you cracking up. She is talking to the Duke not knowing what to say to him, saying things no lady would say, speaking her mind in those letters a crossing certain parts out but ,sending the letter as is.Hilarious !The purpose of the letters is really to distract they Duke from making her leave her home a coming to him but, in doing so she is building a relationship with her Duke. Alex sets forth on looking for her parents and finds a champion to help her in her travels. The Duke learning she has gone from her home sets out to travel after her and bring her back to safely.
These two play at Cat and mouse game the whole story through.
Alex lets the Duke no her where abouts just enough to keep him interested but, always several steps ahead and out of reach as she is not going back to England she is finding her parents even if it kills her !
I loved this story it was a very fun read and quite the page turner. I never laughed so hard reading the parts where Alex is writing her letters to the Duke.The Duke feels he has gotten to know who Alex through her letters and learns that she is one of a kind.He is falling in love.This little adventure was packed with enough intrigue to keep you on the edge always wondering what will happen next. There adventure led them to developing long and last relationships.Alex might be developing a love interest which will complicate things for the Duke.The story right up to the end was delightful leaving a cliff hander on what happens next ! This book is a keeper for me just one of the heart felt romances that is developing little by little without either party realizing the extent of there feeling just yet!
Recommended read to all ! ”
“I believe I've found a new author to read. Can't wait for the next book in the Forgotten Castle's series.”Laura B wrote this review Friday, March 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gabriel is a Duke and is ordered by the King to be the guardian of Alexandria(Alex). At first he thinks its just a normal guardianship but soon learns there is more going on then meets the eyes. As he is learning about the guardianship he suddenly goes deaf for no real reason and has to deal with that as well.
Alex does not believe that her parents are dead and sets out on her own to find them. Along the way she finds danger and thankfully she also take up her search with some protectors. Once the Duke learns that she set out to find her parents he heads after her. Will he get to her in time? Can she find her parents? Read this book to find out.
This is a Regency-era novel taking place in the early 1800’s. I felt myself having to step back in time and remember some of the rules of the time period so I could better understand this book. Some of the early reviews I read about this book where not very kind and I think the reason is they don’t have an understanding for the time period.
What I liked: There is something almost magical about the setting of castles and Kings and Dukes. I found myself being swept away into the time period. I really liked the characters. Alex has spunk which at the time was not looked highly at and caused me to laugh quite a few times. Yes she made the silly choice to go after her parents alone but she was young and had grown up with out her parents being around a lot and also growing up on a island where she felt safe she really did not understand the danger. I liked the Duke because even though he was rich and powerful he also has a heart.
What I did not like: The whole story line of the Duke going deaf was a little weird. Maybe there will be some more answers about it later on in the series but I don’t really understand why the author went with this storyline. The cat and mouse chase between the Duke and Alex was exciting at first but by the end I was a little disappointed we have to wait until the next book to see if the Duke will finally catch up with Alex.
Over all this was a fun book to read. I was rooting for the Duke to catch up with Alex. The book ended as a cliff hanger but it definitely makes me want to read the next book. This book has romance, humor and suspense. A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to more of the story when the next book is released this summer.