Mar 21, 2012

Re-Review ~ The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

I once again have the amazing privilege of reviewing one of author Jamie Carie's books!  The Guardian Duke!  This book is the first in a series and is an amazing start to adventure, intrigue, romance, mischief and more!  So, buckle your seat belts and get ready for an awesome adventure. . .

About the Book:

The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

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.

My Overview & Review :
All I can say is “wow,” what a wonderful introduction to both Lady Alexandria Fetherstone (Alex) and the Gabriel Ravenwood, the Duke of St. Easton (Guardian Duke).  Both characters are brought to life within the pages of this amazing adventure in such a way that the reader feels completely drawn into the story with each and every word.

When we first meet our soon-to-be “Guardian Duke,” he is enjoying the opening strains of relaxing music at the opera and is rudely interrupted from his much needed peace by his secretary, Mr. Meade.  In Meade’s hand is a letter with the King’s seal addressed to the Duke informing him that his has become the guardian for Alexandria Featherstone upon the mysterious disappearance of her parents.  As he reaches for it, he feels a roaring in his ears, shortly followed by a bright light of sorts exploding inside his head.  Once he recovers, he realizes . . . well, I don’t want to spoil the book for you, so I’ll just say he begins to have some physical difficulties that greatly concern and anger him. 

We are introduced to Alex (Lady Alexandria) as she is traipsing along the sea shore of her island home, in her night clothing.  She shows immediately an adventurous and determined personality.  She lives in a castle which is run down, drafty and leaky, while her parents are on one of their many treasure hunting excursions.  Her parents frequently leave her to hire out in search of stolen or missing items.  This time, they have been gone for about a year and she has not heard from them for nearly 10 months.  Although she is concerned, they have often been gone for long periods of time and she is certain they will return once their search is complete.  Little does she know the danger they have put themselves, and her as well, into on this quest.

Upon finding out that the Duke of St. Easton has been assigned her care by the King, in her parents absence, she is quite dismayed.  She does not believe her parents to be dead as others seem to believe.  So despite her new guardian’s concern for her well-being, she sets out alone to discover what has become of her parents.  Along her journey she meets both dangerous and friendly people.  She trusts God to lead her and guide her along the way, yet she still manages to get into quite a bit of mischief.

As we follow along on Alex’s journey to find and save her parents, a parallel journey is taking place.  The Guardian Duke is learning to deal with a new and frightening handicap, as well as dealing with a missing ward.  He feels a responsibility to her, but also a kinship that grows as they correspond through letters.  As he discovers more information regarding her parent’s disappearance as well as her journey to find information about them; he finds that she is in grave danger, and he attempts to meet up with her to help her. 
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am very anxious for the next book to arrive.  There is a bit of a “cliff-hanger” ending to this that leaves me with a greater desire to learn what will happen next and what will happen between the Duke and Alex.

I love the flow that this book has.  It is very easy to read, and very hard to put down.  I could not stop reading!  I needed to know what would happen in each and every chapter.  I was able to read this book in 1 day (with several interruptions for housework and kids) and greatly recommend it to anyone who loves good clean fiction, with lots of adventure, excellent, well-developed characters and page-turning intrigue!  
*And for those of you who love clean fiction but shy away from "preachy" books, don't worry! although there is mention of God, faith and scripture from time to time, this book is definitely not "preachy" ;)

About the Author:

When she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything.

Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of things beyond earth’s bounds – creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.
The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.
As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.

Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later 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 Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.

Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.
If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”

Live Action Book Trailer:
USA Today Review:

*Thanks again to Angie, the Marketing Coordinator at Propeller for providing me the free copy of this book for my review!  For the FTC guidelines and my personal disclosure, please see my Policy & Disclosure Page.*

1 comment:

  1. I liked your review.
    Now I really want to read this!


Thanks for stopping by! Comments are always welcome!