The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel

The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel

by Jamie Carie

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433673221
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: Forgotten Castles Series , #1
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

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 Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
dabeaty More than 1 year ago
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
Melanie_Dickerson More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
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!
kitt135 More than 1 year ago
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.
MyBookAddiction on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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: 4.5HEAT RATING: SWEETREVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More
rhonda1111 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie 4 STARSThe 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 Netgalley02/01/2012 PUB B&H Publishing Group
Bellydancer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from secret treasure hunt trip is made the guardian of Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, by order of the King. But Alexandria, does not agree that her parents are dead and ignores this royal reassignment. She decides it is in her bet interest to find her parents, so heads of on a journey to find them. Along the way, she runs into trouble, but is gallantly rescued by a retired Admiral, who becomes her traveling companion. Gabriel has his own worries, he keeps having spells where he is left deaf, making his life a misery. Gabriel decided to visit Alex at her home only to find her gone off in search of her parents. He pursues her across the cold and wind English countryside and over the sea to the rolling green hills of Ireland but he finds himself always one step behind.I enjoyed this novel immensely and am looking forward to the next book in the Forgotten Castle series. I loved the strong female protagonist, the adventure, the mystery and the way the Carie has brought it all together in a Regency-era noel for teens. I will definitely be purchasing this series for my teenage collection at my library.
Meganleigh844 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 se
avry15 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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..:DI 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!
yearningtoread on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie (A Forgotten Castles #1)Pages: 320Release Date: February 1st, 2012Date Read: December 20th, 2011 to January 8th, 2012Received: ARC from NetGalleyRating: 3/5 starsRecommended to: 13+SUMMARY -On Holy Island in Northumberland lives Alexandria Featherstone, daughter of Lord Featherstone and his wife. Alex's parents have gone to and from their castle constantly - typically gone more than not. But now they've been away for a year, with no news, leaving Alex to wonder. The king says they're dead, that she is now the ward of the Duke of St. Easton, but she doesn't believe for one moment that her parents are gone for good. She would feel something, right?Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, has gone deaf. Sudden dizziness - and then nothing, no hearing. At least his correspondence with Alexandria keeps up his spirits. When he hears of her need for money and her castle's decrepit situation, he decides to go to her and take care of matters in person. But when he arrives and Alex is not at the castle, Gabriel must set off in pursuit: not just of the body, but of the heart as well.MY THOUGHTS -The Guardian Duke is a very charming book. It holds mystery, intrigue, travels, love, and a while goose chase that will have you laughing! It isn't the best book, but sometimes a good, fun read is all you want, and The Guardian Duke delivers excellently.CHARACTER NOTES -Alex is a fun character, but man she can be infuriatingly stupid! Sometimes she drove me up the wall with her crazy ideas and impulses (which she acted on!). She likes to tell little fibs to get her way and has one goal: find her parents. Nothing else will do.Surprisingly, despite all that, I still liked her. Pushing aside all the immaturity, a woman is waiting to appear. I very much hope this happens soon, however, because I don't know how much more I can take of that girl's crazy ideas! Ha!Now, Gabriel - he's a fine man. He's got his faults, yes, but he is generous and kind and determined (in a more mature way than Alex) and totally dedicated to his ward. His love for Alex seemed a bit too quick in coming but I understand it. I so look forward to more of Gabriel in the future!The other characters - Montague, Baylor, John, etc. were good, although some were unrealistic or inconsistent. However, they do make for a fun read, no matter the flaw.STORY NOTES -Some of this story had me on the edge of my seat; some of it had me floating with the beginnings of a love story; some of it had me going, "Ummm, I don't think so!"When Alex is traveling, a group of soldiers, one man in particular, begs to escort her. He keeps pestering her, and when she has to go on alone without her coachman, the soldier makes even more serious advances. She's scared he'll try something, and he does - but she is saved by a stranger from the inn the night before. He's an older gentleman who still kicks butt and sends the soldier limping away.He says he'll help Alex, protect her, and so on and so forth.And Alex let's him come!I'm sorry, but it it was me, I would have run to find some female company. Just because the dude talks about his faith in God doesn't mean much unless you know for sure he wasn't just getting the other guy away just to carry out his own evil intentions.Obviously, that's one of those I-don't-think-so parts. But really, I have some great things to say about the story line. The mystery: where are her parents? The romance: who will end up with who? The chase: will Gabriel catch up to Alex in time to make her stay? The faith: In what ways will Alex and Gabriel's faith be strengthened next? Some questions are answered, some are not - which is making me itch for The Forgiven Duke! Ah!! Very well - I shall have to get to reading it very soon!Oh! And, in The Guardian Duke, there's a masque ball!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know, right!? Those are the best, always, forever and ever. This one was no exception. It made me grin from ear to ear and tot
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Ahhh! A Cliffhanger! I am torn between loving this story and hating it because of that. I highly recommend that you have the second book in this series available to you so that you can see what happens. Full review at my website.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
Lady Alexandria Featherstone’s parents, who are treasure hunters, have been missing while on a mission for some time now. Everyone believes they are dead, everyone except for Alexandria. When her guardianship is taken over by Gabriel, Duke of St. Easton, Alex ignores this royal order and sets off to find her parents, following the clues they followed. Gabriel, honor-bound (and perhaps a little taken with his charge) pursues her across England and into Ireland. When he learns that others are after the same treasure Alex’s parents were seeking the stakes become high. Can he rescue Alex in time? Can Alex find her parents in time? I loved this story. First, there is Ireland. I love Ireland and I was excited to “travel back for another visit”. Anyone who knows me knows that for me Ireland is my home away from home. It was the moment I saw it. Second, treasure hunting. How fun is that?! Third, the relationship between Alex and Gabriel. Their only form of communication is with letters and I had so much fun reading those. The banter between those two are so entertaining. I was laughing at times, laughing out loud. Once I got into the story, which did not take long at all, I assure you, I had such a hard time putting it down to do other things, like work and house cleaning. I finished the last 17 chapters in one day. It was that good! I will warn you, however, (as I would want to be warned) it is a cliff hanger of an ending and I highly recommend that you have book two, The Forgiven Duke, nearby when you finish this one. As soon as I finished The Guardian Duke last night, actually it was early this morning, sometime after midnight, I had to start The Forgiven Duke. This is a story that sucks me right in and holds onto me. The characters are fighting against enemies in the form of people and time. Are Alexandria’s parents alive or dead? What has happened to them?? How high will the stakes get? Okay, I think I need to get back to reading book two now. *I received The Guardian Duke free from B&H Books in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts I have expressed are entirely my own.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply did not like this book. No ending just an attempt to get you to buy the next book in the series.
WonderousReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Bookishqueen More than 1 year ago
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!!).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an awesome story. I enjoyed every step of the way.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
BurgandyIce More than 1 year ago
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!!
kattanderson More than 1 year ago
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.