Apr 13, 2012

The Forgiven Duke ~ Jamie Carie ~ Review & Giveaway

~ Review and upcoming giveaway ~ 
Book 2 in the Forgotten Castles series by Jamie Carie
The Forgiven Duke

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.

*Forgiven Duke releases July 2012

My Review:
I loved getting a chance to continue Alex and her "Duke's" story.  In the first book I thought Alex (Alexandria) to be naive and a bit foolish at times, even a bit flaky.  But, I figured it was part of her background; growing up sheltered, and being a determined and naive young woman.  In this second book, I found her a bit annoying and foolish at times.  I think she could have been a bit wiser in some of her decisions, but then the story would not  have went as it did.  I'm not sure I agree with her assessment of Lord John Lemon at the end of the book, but then, I wasn't in her "shoes."

Other than that little bit of annoyance, the book itself was great!  I was surprised at some of the twists and turns that occurred throughout the story.  I love the secondary characters almost as much as Alex and the Duke!  I was not fond of Lord Lemon, but then that was part of the intrigue of the story.  Another great book in the "Forgotten Castles" series by Jamie Carie!  

I must say, this is the third book of author Jamie Carie's that I have read and she is definitely an author to read!  Great mind for adventure with a bit of unconventional romance thrown in.  

For more of Jamie Carie's books, check out my review of Pirate of My Heart, and the first book in the "Forgotten Castles" series, The Guardian Duke.

You can find Jamie Carie and these books here:

Oh, and for those of you who have not yet heard of this book, series or author.  Here is the link to my review of book 1 in the series . . . The Guardian Duke

About this 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.

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!”

*I received a free copy of this book through Propeller for this review.   All reviews are my personal opinion.  See my Policy & Disclosure page for more info!


  1. This sounds like an excellent book! I love the historical romance books! Great review! Just stopped in to visit from the MVM group!

  2. Sounds very interesting. I am very curious about why you're not fond of Lord Lemon


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