The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel (Forgotten Castles #1)
by Jamie Carie
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by B&H Books (first published January 6th 2012)
Rating: 4/5 Stars
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.
***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.***
This novel is an interesting inspirational historical romance set in Regency England, Iceland, and Ireland. This first book in A Forgotten Castle series will have you traveling across countries as Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents…and Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is just as determined to find her.
Both Alexandria and Gabriel make for unique and endearing characters. Gabriel especially. He captured my attention from the very beginning and I always looked forward to reading one of his scenes. With all of the problems he is constantly facing—and now having to be a guardian to a young woman who is anything but compliant—had me cheering him on throughout the book.
A determined young lady, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, learns the King of England, believes her parents, treasure hunters on a mission for the King himself dead. He appoints her a guardian, the Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton. The Duke of St. Easton finds himself losing his hearing for some unknown reason. He finds comfort in Lady Alexandria’s letters. Lady Alexandria is determined to find her parents whom she believes is still alive but in serious trouble. She will travel across England, Ireland and Iceland. Finding allies along the way to help her in her quest, for she is also somewhat of a puzzle solving. This leads her guardian, Gabriel a merry chase across the countryside with her two new protectors in pursuit of her parents and the missing antiquities the King is searching for.
This story has some interesting elements but is not like a lot of fiction I have read set during the Duke and Lady historical period. I did not especially like how the story concluded. I do not like when they end books just so they can start another one. They pull you along as a relationship grows and then just leave you at the end with no resolution. What if you can’t afford to get the next book or your library does not carry the book? You will never know how the story ends. I will say, however, that the writing style was nicely done and the characters were interesting but I don’t think I will read anything by this author again.
Over all this was a fun book to read. The book ended as a cliff hanger but it definitely makes me want to read the next book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance novel. Please if you haven’t checked out this book before you should. A very enjoyable read. Looking forward to read the next book in the series, when I get my hands on it J