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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433673221
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Series: Forgotten Castles , #1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 953,091
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, winner of a 2007 National "Best Books" Award and a ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year nominee. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.

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  • Posted February 27, 2012

    A great entertaining read for men and women

    Within the first few pages of The Guardian Duke you are hooked. You feel the frustration of the recently handicapped Gabriel and the wild eyed adventuresomeness of the young vibrant Alexandria. The author has done a great deal of research on the time period and makes you feel as though you can see the tall ships rising right out of the pages. Jamie has a great command of the king's language as she writes this book with lively detail and an occasional uncommon word. Though you may want to look up the word (which is easily done on your nook)she puts it in such plain context that you are not bogged down by it. Men, there is enough adventure to keep your interest peeked and not so much romance that you want to gag. Ladies, there is plenty of wistful romance that your will not be disappointed. As you can already see from other reviews this does have a cliffhanger ending, but since when did that make you stop watching Batman? What will Gabriel do? Where will Alexandria go? Are her parents alive? Tune in later this year - same bat author - same bat reader. I love Jamie Carie's style of writing intertwining history, fiction, adventure, and spiritual applications. David A. Beaty Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Huntsville, TX

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2012

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    I started The Forgiven Duke the same moment I finished The Gua


    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Exciting and Romantic, Wonderful Characters

    I loved both the setting and the characters in this wonderful novel. I can hardly wait to read the second book! The characters were so real! I fell in love with Gabriel and Alexandria and was dying for them to get together. The book kept me on the edge of my seat, and now I am looking forward to book 2, when they will finally be together!!! Rarely do characters get inside my heart the way these two did. This book did not have closure, but that was okay with me, because I want to read more about Gabriel and Alexandria. They deserve more time! So do yourself a favor and get this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    A to be continued book

    This is a " to be continued book" ,so you might want to wait for the second book to come out. There is no closure at all in this first book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    I had forgotten just how much I LOVED historical romances until

    I had forgotten just how much I LOVED historical romances until I picked up The Guardian Duke and started reading.

    And all I can say is WOW!

    What an amazing story – filled with unpredictable and wonderfully frustrating characters!

    We get to follow along as our delightful Lady Alexandria embarks on a dangerous mission that many call foolish and the Duke of Easton is forced to follow.

    It is exceptionally refreshing to read a wonderful story full of misadventure and chaos with none of the typical nonsense you read in mainstream historical fiction.

    Instead of lusty encounters, adventure and faith take center stage and the result is much more satisfying and highly entertaining.

    This novel does not need any such nonsense to hold the readers attention. The exceptionally written plot carries them along just fine.

    In fact, before you know it, you’ve come to the end and you find yourself desperate to rush to the next book.

    Fortunately… all three books are out now so you can read them in sequence. Which is where I am bound right now – book 2: The Forgiven Duke.

    THANK YOU to B&H Publishing for providing this book free to me in exchange for my honest review!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I have read all of Jamie Carie
    s books and have been impressed with her ability to alter her settings and her plots. If a person reads one of her books, he/she has definitely not read them all. A very refreshing option to the "same-old same-old " one is often served by authors. Once again Jamie Carie has altered her setting--this time to the
    wonderful countries of Ireland and England, taking the reader to scenes of mystery, frustration, hope, and disappointment in having to wait for the next installment. The characters are colorful and winsome. Ms. Carie has the ability of capturing the reader's attention with intrigue and anticipation. I would like to have known why Montague know Alex needed protection--he just shows up--the same with Baylor. Nice characters, but not too well defined as to their entrance into the story. I enjoy Ms. Carie's writing, and I am eager for the next one to come on line. I give this book a 5 star rating.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2014

    Did not like.

    Simply did not like this book. No ending just an attempt to get you to buy the next book in the series.

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    This was a rich and captivating read. I've always loved a good t

    This was a rich and captivating read. I've always loved a good treasure hunt type of mystery, and this was no different! As Alex searches for her parents following the clues they left behind on their "treasure hunt," she travels to the intriguing land of Ireland.




    The descriptions of land, surroundings, culture, etc., made the story seem so real. I've always thought it would be amazing to go to Ireland! The action made it seem as if I was watching a movie inside my head, but then I could feel the emotions of the characters and was like being in the movie.




    Most important, though, were the characters! And not just the main characters!




    Alex. I loved her determination to find her parents, she never gave up her belief that were still alive, even when the trail started to dry up. Her kindness and faith, through the danger, were also very prominent throughout the book. Gabriel the Duke. Stubborn, determined, driven, etc, just to name a few personality qualities. Through all of the obstacles, disappointments, and hardships that came up, he was determined to find and protect Alex from the danger that surrounded her.




    I found it very sweet and interesting these two get to know and possibly fall in love with each other - all through letters! Gabriel's undeniable attraction and wonder toward the woman that is his ward, who always manages to stay one step ahead of him. I'll admit that at first, I might have found it slightly exaggerating, but now I know that it's meant to be and what God planned! They both just want to be understood, loved for who they are, and trusted.




    The minor characters! Alex had a pretty awesome knack for making fast friends (maybe I should take lessons), getting their friendship and loyalty with just a few words and/or a smile. I loved the many minor characters. They were all so real and important to the story. From Montague, to the Irishman, to the Duke's secretary, to the random people she met along her journey, they all captured my heart right along with the main characters, adding personality and richness to the story!




    Then there was the writing. It actually made me grab a colored pen to underline certain sentences that I really really liked, a couple of times. I even starred a page - it was beautiful!




    But
    Grrrrrr. A. Cliffhanger! Ugh!




    I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2014

    Annoying and unfulfilling

    I understand when authors want to continue stories and characters into a series, but I feel like I was tricked into buying this book when it is nothing but a teaser for the next book. And, the main female character's behavior is extremely annoying and immature. I will not be buying any more books in this series. At least the author should have given us a good story with somewhat of an ending instead of an extended prologue and with the feeling of stopping in mid chapter.

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  • Posted April 26, 2013

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    3.5 Stars I truly enjoyed this book. It was funny and Gabriel w

    3.5 Stars

    I truly enjoyed this book. It was funny and Gabriel was pretty awesome. The writing kept me interested till the end and even then I wanted the story to continue. Still, I could not give it a full four stars.

    Through out the entire story, I was left with no concept of time. It seemed that Alex traveled places in a day that took Gabriel a week to do the same. I also could not decide if I liked Alex or not. She lied to everyone and seemed to feel little about it even though she told Gabriel she was not proud of it. She would also write letters to Gabriel (Which we saw in his POV) that spoke of things that she never thought when we were in her POV. By the end I wanted Gabriel to give up on her, yet liked him all the more because he didn't.

    I liked it enough that I will be reading the next book, at least (I have to know what happens!!).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Great suspense

    Wow, what an awesome story. I enjoyed every step of the way.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    This book was intriguing.  Alexandria is used to living alone, w

    This book was intriguing.  Alexandria is used to living alone, well not alone exactly but without her parents being present.  They are always going around trying to solve mysteries and at twenty, she has grown used to this.  Gabriel is the Duke of St. Easton and has been ordered by the King to be Alexandria's guardian.  He comes down with a strange illness and isn't able to see to her immediately so Alex takes it upon herself to find her missing parents, no matter where that may lead.
    The characters in this story were very well developed.  Gabriel's illness was not what I expected it to be and the ramifications from it were very interesting.  I completely loved Montague.  He was such a strong protector and willing to do anything to save Alexandria.  I had issues with Alexandria, she lied and did whatever she deemed necessary regardless of the danger or consequences to herself and others.  Another issue I had was the story started out extremely slow, but it did pick up and the story line flowed well.
    I rate this a 3/5.  It was intriguing but just didn't flow well for me.




    Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via netgalley).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2012

    ugg

    this was a great book with very lively characters. but the second one stunk. their relationship felt forced and she makes choices that made me not like her at all.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

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    I started The Forgiven Duke the same moment I finished The Guard

    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!!

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Great Book This was one of the best books I have read in a long

    Great Book
    This was one of the best books I have read in a long time. The book moved fast and I could not put it down. Poor little Lady Alexandria Featherstone felt unwanted by her parents, famous treasure seekers, and was left in a dreary castle on Holy Island in Northern England. Her description of Alex made me feel I knew her. The Duke of St. Easton was a caring man who became deaf. I was intrigued with him and all his knowledge and wealth.
    The pace of the book was fast and furious. Alex seemed to be one step ahead of the Duke. They fell in love with each other through their letters, which made a good romance. Jamie Carie covered a lot of ground in this book, but it is worth it to the reader. Her writing skills are amazing. The Guardian Duke was wonderful. I'm sure the rest of the series will be just as good. Thanks for a wonderful read.

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  • Posted April 24, 2012

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    THE GUARDIAN DUKE by Jamie Carie is an interesting inspirational

    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.
    RATING: 4.5
    HEAT RATING: SWEET
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Mystery and Romance, the perfect blend

    Determined to find her missing parents, yet unschooled in the ways of the world, Alexandria unwittingly puts her life in peril. Intervention, by an unlikely protector, guides her single-minded quest. The Duke, unwavering in his mission to find and help his young ward, is thwarted at every turn.

    Jamie’s writing is full of vivid description that fills the imagination, characters with power and a story to keep you reading until midnight!

    This will be a great series. I look forward to the next book.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    Enjoyable

    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.

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  • Posted February 8, 2012

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    A great Historical Romance

    What I loved most about this book, is how Ms. Carie weaved a wonderful love story out of correspondences, by merely letters, as the two unadmittedly falls in love, I fall in love with the story too.

    As I read the book, I find myself easily attached in it, I devoured this in just one night. At the near end though, I didn’t really expect this is a series, so I’m a little bit confused, how come that there seems to be many things to happen in the story and yet, I can count the remaining pages, and so as I turn the last page, I was left wanting for more, especially since it left off, in the part, where….(you have to read it and be frustrated like me..lol…)… I really hate the part when I don’t want to sleep and can’t help but think about what will happen next… Hope book 2 is around now….can’t wait really…

    The historical information is tantamount and very well-researched and I love the vivid descriptions of the different places the characters have gone into.

    I love Alex, her spirit and tenacity, but I also hate her when clearly she didn’t trust the duke enough to wait for him to help her, they could have met there, but then, there would be no reason for book two..:D
    I was also amazed how she earned a lot of loyal friends in her quest to find her parents who didn’t really care for her.

    I find myself anticipating every letter that turned out in the story. I just wished there are a little bit more coming from the duke, since it seemed all I read was Alex blubbering written in her scratch papers.

    A real-page turner, I can’t help but sigh, as the Duke chase Alex but can never get close to her. Warning: the end is a real cliff-hanger, I couldn’t wait for book two, after you read this, you can’t resist buying the next book.

    The Christian content, is wonderful and it tugs to my heart how God is our great planner, and that in everything, even if we see the bad/down side, God has His own special way of making it right, of making it the best for us.

    The romance, funny dialogues/letters, quest, adventure are all here. The detective part though is not that really complicated, but you’ll find yourself enjoying the book all the way.

    I would have wanted to post this review before the release date Feb , but it wasn’t possible at the moment, but here’s hoping this would still help.

    My first regency era Novel and definitely not my last.. Great work Ms. Carie! Highly Recommended for teens and anyone who loves a good historical/sweet-romance!

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  • Posted January 30, 2012

    Chasing after Treasure

    The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie
    4 STARS
    The closer I got to the end I could not see how it could be over and I was right can not wait for the next book. This one was grabbing my attention and did not let go of it.
    Gabriel Ravenwood has found out that he has been made a guardian of a girl Lady Alexandria Featherstone he has never met. Then something happened to him to make him go deaf.
    Gabriel is a Duke and a very rich one at that. He sends his secratary Meade to the Holy Island to see what she needs.
    Alex has lived her whole life in an old castle on Holy Island mainly with servants because her parents are always off looking for treasure that they have been hired to do so. Alex is 20 years old and wants to be loved.
    While everyone thinks her parents are dead she does not. Alex thinks she would know if her parents had died. Finding out that she has inheired a fortune that the Duke nows oversees. She starts writing to him asking for money and the right just to stay in her home. Alex keeps saying she needs more money. With the money she has gotten plans to find her parents and rescues them by herself, scince everyone believes they are dead.
    The Duke's doctors have no idea why he has gone deaf. Duke is very well taught in many things, but he loves music. For awhile he gets his hearing back.
    The Duke having been ordered to protect Alex by the King sends some of his armies with the Duke to escort them back to London. He finds out that the King is actually the one to have the Featherstones hired. Has put out that they are dead and wants the Duke to protect her. The Kings of Spain and France also want the manuscript and he is afraid someone might use Alex to
    make her parents give the item if they are still alive and find it.
    Alex traveling by herself runs into a soldier who plans to teach her a lesson but is rescued by a older Gentleman, who offers to travel with her and help.
    Alex has a way that people are willing to help her to find her parents trail. Their are followed by a spaniard, robbed and other road blocks she faces but she won't be stopped for long.
    The Duke chases after her trying to follow the Kings orders and is falling in love with her letters as they travel around England and Ireland.
    I hate having to wait so long as the next book does not come out till spring.
    Its a good adventure and I want the Duke to get his hearing and Alex back.
    Want Alex to find her parents alive and the the treasure everyone is seeking.
    I was lent this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley
    02/01/2012 PUB B&H Publishing Group

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