I was a bit taken back when after waiting several months to get what I thought was the ENDING to the story, saw the front cover of the book which indicated there was a THIRD book coming with the ending!! Almost took the wind out of my sails and I was tempted to not read it but since it was here, I did. I enjoyed it very much and am glad that if I do not purchase the 3rd book, this one's ending was okay.
While all that is going on Alex is searching Iceland with John for her parents. She finds just enough clues to keep going. While she is searching she also starts to evaluate her feeling for John and wonders if she can actually marry John when her heart is secretly falling for the Duke. The climate of this book comes to a head in Iceland and I will let you read this book for yourself to see how it all turns out!
Book one left us with a cliff hanger and I was excited to read book two to see how things worked out would Alex and the Duke finally meet? This book did not disappoint. I was swept away into this adventure from page one!
What I liked: This book was interesting all the way though. Right from page one the story line grabbed my interest and before I knew it I was turning the last page. I admit to being a little worried that having three books covering the same story line might seem like over kill I was pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case. The story line continues to evolve in book two. In book one we got to know the characters and why Alex went after her parents. In this book we are still searching for them but the added story line has to do with what her parents where searching for. Really a whole new story starts to immerge with in the original and its so well written it flows together smoothly.
What I did not like: I admit the fact that the Duke is still deaf and how it fits(or is going to fit) into the storyline is kind of a mystery to me. Maybe book 3 is going to develop on this a little more.
Over all I really liked this book. I have found that when it comes to series that the middle book can be a stepping stone where you just want to get through it to the final book. Not with this one though. The added storyline about what Alex's parents are searching for made it really good yet kept the over all suspense of Alex and the Duke finally meeting. Now I am very excited to see where the third book goes and how the storyline is going to come together and finish.
This is the second book in The Forgotten Castles series; sweeping us away from the rolling gray green hills of Ireland, to the beautiful land of Iceland...the land of fire and ice. Our heroine, Alexandria, has reason to believe her parents are alive and follows their trail to Iceland, along with her fiance John Lemon. However, memories of Gabriel, the Duke of Easton, standing at the shoreline as her ship sails away still haunts her, and she questions her hasty decision to marry John. Together her and John encounter many dangers amongst the Black Castles of Iceland, as many other evil people are also after the treasure her parents are searching for..
As Gabriel continues to follow Alex, he is kidnapped, beaten, and imprisoned on a Spanish ship. Will he ever be reunited with the woman he has seen but only once; the beautiful lady who has stolen his heart forever? One nightmarish night with John Lemon turns Alex's life upside down, and she wonders if her future will ever be the same again, for surely the duke would never have her now...and perhaps he never wanted her to start with. As plans are underway to marry John, will the duke's plan work to get off the prison ship and continue his search for Alex? Can the guardian duke save her from treacherous people and from herself as well? Are Alexandria's parents dead or alive? Will the Duke regain his hearing and will Alex learn to trust God's plans for her life?
Jamie Carie just "wows" me with her writing. There is never a dull moment in this series filled with twists and turns. I love the way the characters have evolved from the first book. I see a change in the duke's perspective concerning his affliction, and in Alexandria, who had alot of growing up to do! As always, Jamie's writing is superb---I love her use of imagery, and I could see in my mind's eye so clearly, every country they visited. I know she did extensive research on this series and I applaud her! Nicely done!
I received a copy of this book from Net Galley and was not required to write a positive review.
Once Again We Are Taken On An Adventurous Journey.
July 18, 2012
West Columbia, SC
In this second book of her Forgotten Castles Series once again Jamie Carie takes us back in time to the beautiful green hills of Ireland where the high spirited Lady Alexandria Featherstone is seeking to find her parents that are assumed dead. She was placed under the care of the Duke of St Easton but he has yet to catch up with her_this time he almost had her within arm's reach until once again she slipped away. This time she will travel to Iceland and encounter more danger than she ever imagined, will the Duke arrive in time to save her and take her back to London where he can keep her safe?
Alexandria is in a hurry to search for her parents, but her friends Montague and Baylor are unable to go with her this time. Montague's nephew, John Lemon has proposed marriage to Alex. He is very charming and Alex believes he will be a wonderful husband so she accepts. Since they did not have time to plan a wedding or even to find a minister to marry them before their ship sails to Iceland, they board the ship under the guise of being a couple on their honeymoon.
When they arrive in Iceland they are fortunate to find someone who has seen the Featherstones.
After following several clues they find out more of the mystery of this manuscript everyone from the English, to the Spanish want to get their hands on. Will Alexandria figure out where her parents have gone and finally be able to dispel the rumors of their death?
Gabriel Ravenwood, the Duke of St Easton could not believe she had alluded him once again_ as he watched her sail away on a ship bound for Iceland. Even as he watched her leaving he could feel the pull between them_this beautiful young woman who had captured his heart with the few letters he had received from her. Would God be merciful and let him finally take her back home so he could keep her safe? Will he be able to make it to Iceland in time to rescue her? Or will the very ones that are chasing her take him in the hope of using him to find Alex? Will he once and for all be able to claim Alexandria as his very own?
I loved this story; there was so much excitement I found myself not wanting to put it down. Jamie paints such a beautiful picture of all the places that the Duke and Alex travel to it feels as if I am there with them. I know she put a lot of time into the research. I also loved the way she portrayed the Duke's affliction, it was fascinating to say the least. Thank you Jamie for this wonderful story and I cannot wait to read the next one, A Duke's Promise.
I was given an ARC of this from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
I really enjoyed The Guardian Duke and was looking forward to finding out how the story of Alexandria Featherstone and Gabriel the Duke of St. Easton would continue. This series must be read in order.
When book one ended with the Duke getting his first glimpse of Alex sailing away to Iceland I thought for sure he would get on the next boat and catch up to her soon. The story didn't go anything like I imagined and it was so much more exciting. I don't want to give anything away, but_the poor Duke! What suffering and pain! Yet he was very humble later and never begged for honor or attention for what he endured.
I really liked how this book, and the whole series for that matter, isn't just about the female protagonist. The male protagonist has just as an important story line and his own lessons to learn. Gabriel learned the biggest and hardest lessons about submitting and trusting God. All his conversations with God were well written and realistic.
The adventure is still fresh, the drama continues and the danger is even more real than book one. But while book one could be considered YA, this book (and especially book three) had some scenes and decisions that were not PG. I can't give any particulars without spoiling the story, but a man gets drunk and wakes up naked the next morning with no memory of what happened during the night. There are also a few too many kisses.
(P.S. I read this as an pdf ebook from NetGalley for review purposes. It didn't seem anywhere close to 320 pages long so don't let that big number scare you. The story flies by.)
Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.