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. ( Forgotten Castles series Facebook page )
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I admit that I got hooked on Regency era fiction many years ago when I picked up a few Georgette Heyer books at a used book store. So, when offered the opportunity to read and review the first book in the Forgotten Castle series, I eagerly agreed. The Guardian Duke is a little bit different from many I have read that center on locations in London or country estates. Alexandria has led a lonely, yet independent life in an isolated area. Her character is naive, but also determined and imaginative in finding ways to do what she thinks is best. Gabriel is facing a disturbing personal crisis, and his unexpected guardianship of Alexandria brings a new zest in his life. She most certainly is not the docile child that he thought had been foisted upon him. Their relationship is formed solely through letters (today, it would be Facebook! lol), so it is interesting to watch what develops as each pursue their goal Alexandria, her parents...and Gabriel, his new ward. This is a light read, but an enjoyable one. I caught myself giggling several times and the decriptions of people and places captured my imagination without bogging me down with a lot of needless information. It definitely ends with you wanting more, so I am looking forward to the second book in the series!
Great news! I can offer a copy of this book, so I hope everyone will enter the contest. It is a really fun read!!
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