The Duchess and the Dragon

The Duchess and the Dragon

by Jamie Carie

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ISBN-13: 9780805445350
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.78(d)

About 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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The Duchess and the Dragon 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
This is the second title I have reviewed for a Jamie Carie book and, as before, I was not let down. This is the author¿s second title, following Snow Angel, a Best Books Award winner. Jamie Carie resides in Indianapolis , Indiana with her husband and three children.

The Duchess and the Dragon, set in Regency-era, is a historical romance. Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland , England is set to be the heir upon his father¿s passing, bringing with it influence and wealth beyond imagine. But when his poor temper causes a tragic mistake, Drake is forced from the country he loves and the life he knows, in to America as an indentured servant. Barely surviving the journey and horrid conditions, Serena Winter, a Quaker woman, finds him near death and rescues him by bringing Drake home and nursing him back to health. Thrown together by circumstance, these two individuals, from backgrounds that couldn¿t be more opposite, discover the consequences and power of what love can do. They must confront the web of deceit that threatens to destroy all that they hold dear, trusting in the power of prayer and their love for one another.

In all honesty, historical romance is my least favorite of the romance genre. This is a tough genre to write in, as I have done so myself, and to invent a story-line that has not been over-used or recycled is a daunting task. I am pleased to report that this was not the case in this book.

I find myself completely enamored by Jamie Carie¿s ability to tell a great story, with strong characters to back them up. The backdrop and history was stellar, as was the language that tossed you into another time, another era, forgetting that this was fiction. The two very different religions added a great element for the plot and turmoil between the main characters. I liked the diverse family background, as well- One coming from deceitful and hateful surroundings, and the other from a warm and nurturing one. It added to the plot nicely. The characters were realistic and endearing. I especially liked that they were not without common human flaws, as we tend to see in this genre often. The plot flowed well and, at no time, did I find myself disinterested. Mostly, the ending was a sagacious one, in where I did not have to roll my eyes at an unrealistic `happily ever after.¿ It was happy all right, and gave closure to such magnitude everyone will be satisfied, but not in an impractical manner.

This was a heart-pounding and moving read. Jamie Carie is still new to the publishing world, but she won¿t be for long. She has immeasurable talent and I look forward to seeing her on a best-seller list some day.



Kelly Moran

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and I am so disappointed. I have read many great reviews about this author so I really thought I had found a winner but I was so wrong. The book started off strong but soon fizzled. Characters would pop up and then disappear and you would be left wondering what happened to them. The love story was more like a lust story to me. I want to fall in love along with the characters but I didn't feel like these characters really fell in love. I mean they end up getting married because her parents catch them making out in his room one night....how romantic..not. Another thing that bugged me was here is a Quaker, she's been a Quaker all her life and because she falls in 'love' with Drake she has to decide between him or her Quaker life. Well, you would think she would really struggle with this decision...nah, didn't take her too long and that left me feeling like her Quaker life really didn't mean anything to her. I guess the bottom line is that I just didn't feel anything for the characters...I didn't like them and I didn't dislike them...I just didn't care. There were tons of other things that bugged me about this book but in case you want to read this book I won't say anything else so I don't spoil it for you. But I will say if your looking for a good love story I would recommend 'The Measure of Lady' by Deeanne Gist or my personal favorite 'Roses for Mama' by Janette Oke.
arielfl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up for a dollar at a used book store sale. My expectations weren't very high and I was happily surprised by how much I liked it. I am a sucker for a good Cinderella tale and this had all of the required elements, handsome prince (duke), lovely poor girl (Quaker), difficult circumstances to overcome, and of course, happily ever after. Throw in some mentions of God's love and you have a pleasant way to spend an afternoon. The plot does move rather fast but I look at it as just cutting out the boring bits. I was looking for a historical romance to escape with and this fit the bill nicely.
palmtreegirl24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book very much. The storyline was different from most and although there were a few things that could have been done differently, it was a good and satisfying read! I think that considering this is only her second book, that readers should give this one a chance and not critic it so harshly. The story starts with Drake Weston finding out that his father has not made him his heir to his wealth all that Drake had prepared for. He plots a scheme to get it back and unwittingly murders someone who gets in the way. He runs away to the colonies hoping that no one will find him. There he meets Quaker woman Serena, falls in love with her, and after a series of events ends up having to marry her. Serena is no longer allowed to be a Quaker and starts her life with Drake in a harsh land. After finding out that Drake has been pardoned from the murder he committed he takes Serena home to England and continues with his deceptive plan. Will he be found out and be able to keep Serena or will he die trying? A few things I didn't like about this book, was that when Serena first saw Drake she was so taken with him. She had never met him before and he must have looked so sickly. It just doesn't make sense. It would have been better for her to take him home to care for him and then after getting to know him while he was healing falling in love with him. I also didn't like the part in the middle, when Drake and Serena went to live with Christopher and to try farming. That whole part just didn't fit in with the rest of the book. It didn't make it flow and seemed totally random. I was very disappointed in Drake for still going through with is plan. It didn't make any sense to me, because if he really loved his wife about all else you wouldn't have done that. To me he loved his riches and wealth more than anything and that just shows that he could not have loved Sernea as much as he thought or he would not have wanted to hurt her like that. I did like that Serena was a Quaker and that she came to realize that just because you do not talk with "thees" and "thous" and dress in drab clothing, did not mean that you did not love God and were not saved. On the otherhand she should not have married him because he was not a Christian at that time. I liked that the author added Georgie Whitefield to the story and I wish she would have expounded more on that than on the "farming" part. I liked the setting of the story and the characters and I think it would be cool to see another book about Sererna's siblings!
JGwinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Duchess and the Dragon is a first rate Christian fiction romance novel. This is Jamie Carie's second book and is, I think, stronger than her first. I liked the romance story line between the two main characters, and I also liked the spiritual transformation the "Dragon" goes through with the help of his Duchess.
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MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Jamie Carie knows how to pull a reader in to a story. The inheritance scandal and Drake flight's for his life and near-tragic sea journey really grabs you. That was all great stuff, if not too descriptive. Some details even turned my stomach. Then the romance begins, and my first thought was that it reminded me of a Harlequin historical romance. I haven't read them in years, but the attraction Serena feels toward this obviously sick man doesn't make a lot of sense because you know he had to look skinny and bedraggled, but I suppose the pull she felt was reminiscent of Florence Nightingale syndrome. I would think her desire would be more from pity that actually having the hots for him. That is just a minor issue. At any rate, the attraction between them sizzled and that was pretty exciting stuff. I was amazed at how much was implied that goes above and beyond what you find in most inspirational historicals, but it was enjoyable and refreshing to read. Like many woman, Serena felt a strong pull toward the dangerous guy and felt mere friendship for the safe one. The fear, excitement, pangs of regret, renewed hope, and roller coaster of emotion that played out in this story all made sense to me. I especially enjoyed the faith portion and the change exhibited in Drake's heart over time. He truly was not the same man he was before. Isn't that just how it is when God uses trials and hardship to soften us and draw us close to His heart? Overall, I'd say this book was a dynamic read. It was hard to put down and I found the story and the setting incredibly engaging, plus the emotional and physical interplay between the hero and heroine was breathtaking. If you loved A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist, you will enjoy this story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the second title I have reviewed for a Jamie Carie book and, as before, I was not let down. This is the author¿s second title, following Snow Angel, a Best Books Award winner. Jamie Carie resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and three children. The Duchess and the Dragon, set in Regency-era, is a historical romance. Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland, England is set to be the heir upon his father¿s passing, bringing with it influence and wealth beyond imagine. But when his poor temper causes a tragic mistake, Drake is forced from the country he loves and the life he knows, in to America as an indentured servant. Barely surviving the journey and horrid conditions, Serena Winter, a Quaker woman, finds him near death and rescues him by bringing Drake home and nursing him back to health. Thrown together by circumstance, these two individuals, from backgrounds that couldn¿t be more opposite, discover the consequences and power of what love can do. They must confront the web of deceit that threatens to destroy all that they hold dear, trusting in the power of prayer and their love for one another. In all honesty, historical romance is my least favorite of the romance genre. This is a tough genre to write in, as I have done so myself, and to invent a story-line that has not been over-used or recycled is a daunting task. I am pleased to report that this was not the case in this book. I find myself completely enamored by Jamie Carie¿s ability to tell a great story, with strong characters to back them up. The backdrop and history was stellar, as was the language that tossed you into another time, another era, forgetting that this was fiction. The two very different religions added a great element for the plot and turmoil between the main characters. I liked the diverse family background, as well- One coming from deceitful and hateful surroundings, and the other from a warm and nurturing one. It added to the plot nicely. The characters were realistic and endearing. I especially liked that they were not without common human flaws, as we tend to see in this genre often. The plot flowed well and, at no time, did I find myself disinterested. Mostly, the ending was a sagacious one, in where I did not have to roll my eyes at an unrealistic `happily ever after.¿ It was happy all right, and gave closure to such magnitude everyone will be satisfied, but not in an impractical manner. This was a heart-pounding and moving read. Jamie Carie is still new to the publishing world, but she won¿t be for long. She has immeasurable talent and I look forward to seeing her on a best-seller list some day. Kelly Moran Author and Reviewer