I started off really enjoying the book and then felt it went on and on, so skimmed sections. I was completely annoyed by the ending. I enjoy stand alone series, in that I can read one book and it doesn't make me feel compelled to buy the rest in the series to find out how it all ends.
Alexandria started off as a fun girl with a naive, innocent but fun sense of humour, yet despite her faith in God, seemed to do more lying than acting out her faith.
I know many more people loved this book than me, and I am glad for them. But I've read better and won't be reading the next ones.
I had always wanted to read this series but when I found it I was just at the beginning of starting my reviewing blog and Jamie was in the middle of the series. I am SO glad I waited to start with one when two and three are out because I can hardly wait for the next one!!!!! Definitely love how Jamie wrote the cliff hanger ending, but at the same time I can't stand cliff hanger endings LOL! From the lovely Holy Island, to the enchanting and beautiful Ireland I LOVED the journey and adventures that these characters go through. I thought is has feelings of Princess Bride but even more FUN and I LOVE this more because of the Christian base throughout!!! I LOVE these characters (yes I know I'm using the word LOVE a lot LOL! but bare with me...) They are excellently crafted and in just a short time they have become some of my all time favorites! Alexandria is an awesome character that is quirky and brave. I can see where she has some growing to do and I can't wait to read all about it, following her through her adventures that shape her into the woman God wants her to be. I LOVE the way Jamie describes Gabriel!!! I can just see him as clearly as if he stood right in front of me! The struggles he goes through are a very interesting addition to the story that I wasn't expecting and as his character is revealed I love him more and more! :) Along the way more characters crop up to help or hinder the journey in one way or another and I love the majority of them especially the sub characters and their stories! With Jamie's humor woven into the suspense and excitement I actually devoured this book and I can't wait for more!!! Where are Alex's parents? What exactly is it they're searching for? And will Alex find them in time or will it be too late!? Questions that I can't wait to get the answers to! I highly recommend The Guardian Duke but be prepared to get hooked!
Songs: "The Prayer" by Celtic Woman,
"Carry Me" by Josh Wilson,
"You Raise Me Up" by Celtic Woman,
"Swallow Tail Jig" by Irish & Celtic Folk Wanderers,
"Paddy's Irish Jigs" by Marc Gunn's Irish & Celtic Music Podcast
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC
*I requested and received this book from B&H Fiction for the purpose of reviewing it. This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Guardian Duke. ~ASC
I've never before read anything by Jamie Carie, although I am familiar with her name and books due to my frequency here on Christianbook.com. I saw that this one got high ratings (plus I like the cover), so when I saw it was available on Netgalley, I decided to try it.
I think the strength of this book is that it wasn't "typical." There were a lot of little quirks and things that kept the story fresh and original. All the same, there were a few things that just didn't "work" for me. First of all, though I really enjoyed all of the letters between Alexandra and Gabriel, I didn't get why she kept trying to elude him. He was on her side, after all!
My favorite character was definitely Montague, although I liked Baylor also. Though the storyline is definitely unusual, if you know coming into this book that it's more of an adventure story that a formal Regency, you'll probably enjoy it.
I'm happy to say, the book didn't really have any objectionable content that I can remember. (However, I had read reviews of the second and third books, and so apparently there is some objectionable stuff in there, which is sad because this book ends on a cliffhanger_so you're probably going to want to read the next books.)
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.