In this wonderfully written tale Jamie Carie sweeps us away to the beautiful Island of Northumberland, England in the year 1818 to introduce us to a resourceful young woman, Lady Alexandria Featherstone. Alex has pretty much been on her own for her entire life except for the two servants that help her run her family's castle. Alex's parents are treasure hunters and that has always seemed to be more important to them than Alex. When she receives word that her parents are assumed dead and she is now the ward of the esteemed Gabriel Ravenwood, the Duke of St. Easton, she is very upset. Alex decides that she will not sit around and wait to be called to London to live with this "old" Duke, not when her parents need her as she is sure they are not dead. So she hastily sets out on her own to find them but not before sending her guardian a letter asking for money for repairs for her rundown castle, which she uses to fund her trip. Will a beautiful girl alone on the road be able to protect herself from harm? Will God look out for her and send a rescuer just when she needs one?
Gabriel was shocked to say the least when he is interrupted by his secretary while enjoying his favorite pastime, the Opera. The message was life changing for The Duke, he had no clue he had any relatives named Featherstone, but when the Regent speaks you heed what he says. Gabriel cannot imagine why the Regent would want him to look after this "child" but the more he dwells on it, he thinks it might be a good idea to bring her to London and perhaps she could spend time with his sister's children. But after a terrible tragedy affects Gabriel, he has to send his secretary to meet Alexandria. To his surprise when the secretary returns he finds out that the "child" is a breathtakingly beautiful young woman. What is it that draws him to Alexandria? Would God place a love for her in his heart without him even meeting her? Will he ever catch up to her or will she keep eluding him at every turn?
Jamie does a fantastic job of creating a story that grabs on to your imagination and doesn't let go until the end. She introduces us to Alexandria and Gabriel in this book one of the Forgotten Castles Series and no, they won't be able to overcome all of the obstacles that keep them apart in this book. But I can assure you, you won't be disappointed in this exciting read that carries you from England to the beautiful green rolling hills of Ireland. Thank you Jamie for this marvelous read.
Alexandria Featherstone's parents have been missing for over a year, and suddenly she finds herself the ward of Duke of St. Eatson. Alexandria is desperate to find her parents, so she writes to the Duke to ask for support. Letters go back and forth between the two, but what will they ever meet each other face to face?
In my mind this book ended up being much more of a beginning, than a stand alone novel. It had plenty of intrigue and mystery. I liked many of the side characters and Gabriel, but I kind of found myself not liking Alexandria all that much.
I liked how the characters were pretty well developed and Gabe was a fresh hero, a sort of perfectionist, with plenty of brains--maybe even too smart for his own good! But to further explain why I didn't like Alexandria, was because she claimed to be a Christian, and to pray, but she was all too comfortable lying at the tip of a hat and choosing her own way. I will definitely be looking forward to some spiritual growth from her in the next book :) I mean, I did sympathize with her to some extent, but not as much as I would like to have.
There were plenty of twists in the story, and mystery that kept me reading. So basically I will say that this was a somewhat frustrating book for me, because I felt that this was more of a beginning, but I hope to remedy that by reading the next book. Because I do want to find out what happens next! It was a quick read, I read it in less than a day, but it left me somewhat unsatisfied. So don't read this book unless you plan on reading the next two, as well!
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!
Jamie Carie in her new book, "The Guardian Duke" Book One in the Forgotten Castles series published by B&H Publishing Group takes us to Medieval England in 1818.
From the back cover: Someday I will meet you and see your face.
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.
Do you remember the Sixties TV show, "The Fugitive"? What made that show exciting was the chase. Dr. Kimball was chasing the one-armed man who really killed his wife but Lt. Gerard was chasing Kimball to bring him back to jail. Lady Alexandria is chasing across the continent searching for her missing parents who are presumed dead. Gabriel, The Duke of the title, is chasing after her because he was appointed guardian of Lady Alexandria by the king. This is the stuff of high adventure. Do the two of them get together? Does Lady Alexandria find her parents? To find out you will have to read the story. All I can say without giving anything away is this is book one in a three book series. I liked this book and am looking forward to book two!
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