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.
The Forgiven Duke, A Forgotten Castles Novel by Jamie Carie, continues the travels of Alexandria Featherstone as she searches for her parents amid obstacles and clues. Lord and Lady Featherstone have been reported missing and presumed dead. Alex, given clues to their treasure search, speaks with those who have last seen her parents. She sets out for Iceland, the last place they were heard to be. She is ward of the Duke of St. Easton, Gabriel Ravenwood. She dodges his determination to return her to England.
Gabriel continues his pursuit of her to bring her to safety. He devotes his focus with apprehension and concern, with worries of his own. As her ship drifts out to sea, he is detained and unable to reach her.
Gabriel and Alexandria, corresponding only by letter, finally meet. Will they be able to overcome disaster? Iceland misadventures bring her eventual return. As forgiveness comes, they are ready to embark on a journey of revealed hopes and caring.
The Forgiven Duke releases July, 2012, and is available for preorder.
Book 3, A Duke's Promise, will continue her trail to Italy, this time with the duke. It will necessitate their working together to unravel the mystery in this final book of the trilogy.
I received this book from Propeller in exchange for a review in my own words.
You will recall 'The Guardian Duke' by Romance Novelist Jamie Carie (see review here) and just know you are in for a treat!
Alexandra Featherstone and her guardian Duke appeal to our romantic side and gives us a delightful opportunity to escape from the doldrums of life. By now, you guess it, Jamie Carie has many followers!
Jamie Carie's vivid imagination had led her to create interesting plots full of lively and colourful situations which leaves you just wanting a little more! It matters little that this novel ends with (unanswered) questions to be pursued in the next installment, this time called 'A Duke's Promise'!
All will be revealed in due course!
The Forgiven Duke is a warm lighthearted tale with many endearing characters, locals that will fire your own imagination and a plot with all the right ingredients: love, hope, faith aplenty, intrigue and the unsavoury side of the great powers who ruled the high seas and our world in the Nineteenth Century!
Finally it is a story to enjoy knowing our fair protagonists are in God's hands and His plan will allow you to discover how much a man such as Gabriel will do when in love. As for Alex, you will feel wishing to have her determination in her quest despite the many pitfalls she encounters!
'The Forgiven Duke' is Book 2 of 'A Forgotten Castles' series and the sequel to 'The Guardian Duke'. It will be published this coming July for all Jamie Carie's fans!
I received this ARC free from PROPELLER as part of their blogger review program.
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About the Book: Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin's shore still haunts her.
Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: "Faith for Duty," the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: "Willing and Able," beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.
The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward's name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God's plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.
My Take: Not being familiar with the story line or the characters prior to the beginning of this book, I found it slow to get into. Eventually it all came together. Alexandria is a feisty young lady, especially for the timeline in which she lived.
I found the story to be a bit unbelievable but a pretty good read. I did find the Duke and Alexandria to be characters that I would like to know a bit more about. So I look forward to the next book in the Forgotten Castle series to perhaps get to see what they are up to next. In the book.....
Mystery - in search of Alexandria's parents who were searching for what (?) mysterious object/s
Adventure - high seas drama, kidnapping, sword fights,
Romance - who will ultimately win the hand of the lovely Alexandria?
Warning: There are allusions to sex, but no actual sex scenes. Places in the story are swash buckling action scenes and some violence and torture scenes. These are minor and I recommend only for junior or senior high students and adults read.
Of Interest: In the book, Alexandria rides an Islandic Horse which is a special breed of horse and that at the time of the story was only to be found in Iceland. I decided to do a little online research and found this picture. The horse is smaller, has a different gait, and has a heavy mane and tale plus a double winter coat.
About the Author: Jamie Carie's Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National "Best Books 2007" Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA AwardsÂ® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career. If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, "Live the dreams God has destined you for!"
The Forgiven Duke is the 2nd book in the "Forgotten Castles" trilogy written by Jamie Carie. The misadventures of Alexandria Featherstone did not cause me to smile as much as they did in The Guardian Duke, but there was still the excitement and tension that kept me glued to the pages. Alex's determination to search for her parents, no matter what or whom wants to stop her is as strong as ever. Gabriel's pursuit of his recalcitrant ward while battling the Prince Regent, Spaniards, his deafness, and growing love for Alexandria is a great example of perseverance against all odds. The nonstop action and the emotional entanglements make this a good read. It is faith-based with no foul language or explicit scenes, so it is suitable for any age group. Plus, I enjoy Regency-era books and think they are fun to read. This one also ends on a cliff-hanger, so I look forward to the opportunity to read the final book when it comes out.