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.
After the King ordered Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton to be the guardian for Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are missing. Alexandria, who practically raised herself, does not feel the need for a guardian at this point. Alexandria wants to find and save her parents, and she assumes that the Duke is a stuffy old man who will put a stop to her desires. Immediately, Alexandria begins her plans to find her parents while keeping away from Gabriel and walking right into danger.
The Guardian Duke starts this series off on the right foot. Carie weaves an interesting romantic mystery as the main characters deal with personal problems and attempt to strengthen their relationships with the Lord. Carie describes the scenery beautifully, building visual pictures of the travels. This is a great read for historical romantic mystery readers of all ages.
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.