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The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel…

The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel (edición 2012)

por Jamie Carie (Autor)

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A Regency-era romantic adventure where a Duke is ordered to assume guardianship over a bold young woman who refuses to believe her parents' lives were lost during a treasure hunt.

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An irresistible regency chase that will tease, taunt and steal your heart.

Book I (Forgotten Castle series)
  Indiancreek | Nov 28, 2017 |
This is a story of a young lady, Alexandria, who sets out to find her parents, who are treasure hunters that everyone thinks is dead. But it is 1818 in England and Alexandria has been given a guardian, who is Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. He is ordered by the king to watch over her. They begin by writing letters to each other and getting to know each other through those letters. But Gabe has lost his hearing and is dealing with that, while Alexandria is finding a way to leave her home on 'Holy Island' and go in search of her parents. Will the two ever meet! You keep asking yourself this questions as you keep reading. It eventually is a story of Alexandria keeping one step ahead of the Duke and he keeps running into all kinds of obstacles along the way.

This was quite an adventure of a story. Well written; and fast paced. It ends in such a way, that it made me want to pick up the next story in the series and begin it right away (so have the whole set on hand when you begin). You will travel from England, to Ireland and on to Iceland in this adventure and get to know these two characters very well. I liked the way the author described these characters in her letter to the readers at the back of the book: "My hero - the brilliant Duke of St. Easton - wants his affliction healed and taken away. And he wants love on his terms. He wants his control back even though he was miserable when he had it. My heroine - sweet, determined Alexandria - wants what she can't have. And she'll stop at nothing when it comes to taking care of her own heart. Their journey is like ours - that push and pull against God - the desire to find freedom and purpose on earth but in our timing and our way because His way is too hard or scary or just doesn't make sense."

Enjoy this adventurous journey! ( )
  judyg54 | Mar 30, 2017 |
I had forgotten just how much I LOVED historical romances until I picked up The Guardian Duke and started reading.

And all I can say is WOW!

What an amazing story – filled with unpredictable and wonderfully frustrating characters!

We get to follow along as our delightful Lady Alexandria embarks on a dangerous mission that many call foolish and the Duke of Easton is forced to follow.

It is exceptionally refreshing to read a wonderful story full of misadventure and chaos with none of the typical nonsense you read in mainstream historical fiction.

Instead of lusty encounters, adventure and faith take center stage and the result is much more satisfying and highly entertaining.

This novel does not need any such nonsense to hold the readers attention. The exceptionally written plot carries them along just fine.

In fact, before you know it, you’ve come to the end and you find yourself desperate to rush to the next book.

Fortunately… all three books are out now so you can read them in sequence. Which is where I am bound right now – book 2: The Forgiven Duke.

THANK YOU to B&H Publishing for providing this book free to me in exchange for my honest review! ( )
  JCMorrows | Aug 25, 2015 |
Amazon Description:
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.

The Guardian Duke is a historical fiction set in England's Regency period. Lady Alexandria, or Alex, lives in Northumberland. Her parents are treasure hunters and are usually gone for long periods. This time, they have been gone for almost a year. King George assumes that they are dead and orders the Duke of St. Easton, Gabriel, as her legal guardian. Gabriel lives in London and is one of the wealthiest men of his time. Alex does not believe that her parents are dead and ventures out to find them by following clues of where they were last seen. Gabriel is struck by a weird illness which renders him deaf. He discovers that Alex is in danger and quickly goes to bring her to London with him while skirting his illness among other delays. When he gets there, he finds her missing and must go after her. The Guardian Duke is the first book of a series.

The story is written in third person following Lady Alexandria and Duke Gabriel. Alex is a headstrong girl who has lived away from society befitting her station. Her home is a crumbling castle that resembles more of the medieval period than the regency era. She considers herself a mistake, because her parents are always out on treasure hunts – leaving her alone with the servants. Now that her parents are missing – because she refuses to believe they are dead – she goes out to find them. She wants to prove to them that she is old enough and ready to be a part of their world. She meets some friends as well as some enemies along the way. Not only does she travel the farthest she's ever been in her entire life, but she must also avoid her new guardian – a duke – who is trying to find her. Duke Gabriel is a smart man, who loves music. At the very beginning of the story, he becomes deaf, which comes and goes throughout the novel. This hurts his pride, and he tries to hide it the best he can. He soon learns that his new ward – whom he lets stays at her castle for the time being because of his affliction – is in danger because of a stolen artifact that her parents were trying to find. He sets out to find her, all the while becoming infatuated with her through her letters. When he discovers that she is not at her home but ran off to Ireland, he follows. The characters are well-written and are multi-dimensional. They each have secrets and fears/issues to overcome.

The plot moved along well. There is mystery, as well as, subtle Christian messages. We have Alex trying to find clues to her parents; mysterious stalkers following her; a duke trying to find her; and friendly stranger that are willing to help her. I am a little disappointed on where the book stopped. I do not believe that the book answered any of the questions it initially set out. I understand that there will be a sequel, but some things should have been addressed by the end of this first book. I will say that it did not, however, end in the middle of a climax.

The Bottom Line:
Except for how the book ended, I enjoyed the story. If you like historical fiction with a little mystery (set in the regency period), then you might like this book. ( )
  Maria1010 | Jun 30, 2013 |
"Deaf and haunted and a broken man that he was, he didn't care. He would not give up. Not ever. She belonged to him ...forever." Love it... What a way to end this book. The passion came 300 pages later. I'm not disappointed.

Review to come later....on to The Forgiven Duke. The second in the series. ( )
  BooksOverTv | Apr 11, 2013 |
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