29 February 2012

The Guardian Duke by Jaimie Carie, Book review


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 personal thoughts:

With a little imagination 'The Guardian Duke' might very well be the most delightful story I have read in awhile! Nothing too serious, just a light tale about a charming ingenue and her elegant guardian complete with good historical notes, a good amount of faith and just the right amount of romance!

Reminiscent of Barbara Cartland's writings, 'The Guardian Duke' has all the ingredients for a good, if a tad  innocuous, tale. I was not looking for anything in particular when I started reading Jamie Carie's first book in the Forgotten Castles series but I was pleasantly surprised.

Perhaps it was the romantic setting of Ireland with its mythical shores, the intriguing mystery revolving around some of the protagonists, the spirited ingenue dodging her guardian duke or the elegant Gabriel himself.
Lest I forget, credit should also be given to a colourful surrounding cast!

Jaimie Carie also excelled at penning the lively correspondence betwixt the heroine and her soul mate. Do people really fall in love through letters? Let's hope the world has not become so jade that we cannot imagine for a short time that it can be so. Ah the dreams...

I for one can only vouch for the innocent reading time I spend immersing myself into with this lively Christian tale. And if someone witnessed the sighs just before I turned off the lights, well...
All I can say is 'Thank you' Jaimie for a tasteful read certain to entertain teens and adults alike.

Here is to wandering what happens in Iceland and thinking it was well worth 4 stars!

About Jaimie Carie:

'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.' 
If Jaimie Carie could only say one thing to her readers it would be, “Live the dreams God has destined you for!”
For more on Jaimie read (here)

I received this book free from PROPELLER as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not asked to write a positive review and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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