Review

The second installment of Jamie Carie’s The Forgotten Castles Series, THE FORGIVEN DUKE, begins with young Alexandria Featherstone, the spirited daughter of England’s famed treasure hunting parents once more eluding her appointed guardian with some help from her new friends and sailing from Dublin to Iceland in search of her parents.  Unbeknownst to her, she is heading for danger.  Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, has now become obsessed with his young ward and will stop at nothing to find her and bring her to safety, which he now knows is extremely likely due to whatever mystery treasure her parents were close to finding before they disappeared.  They do finally meet and find that what God has planned for their lives is very different from what either of them ever dreamed.

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.

I love the way  Ms. Carie interweaves her characters and adventures highlighting God’s sovereign providence.

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.

I love the way  Ms. Carie interweaves her characters and adventures highlighting God’s sovereign providence.  She never fails to show God’s great love for Alexandria and Gabriel and how He brought each to the purpose that He had planned for each of them from before time began.

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About the Reviewer

Sue Dever

Susan, a History major, minoring in English in school, has always found reading to be one of her most favorite things to do. Curling up on the couch with her two labradoodles on either side of her with a good book is her ideal day. That is when she is not being a mother, grandmother, Vice President of the Board of Directors for her local Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. She is a retired Administrator with the Department of the Navy. Her administrative skills have been put to the test these past few years as she has juggled some very personnel issues, the death of her beloved husband and best friend; the cold case investigation and subsequent murder trial of her step daughter who went missing in 1996, all the while playing a major role in helping a struggling organization get back on the right track so that it can assist victims of rape and domestic violence in her community. Through the dark days her faith sustains her and left her stronger, knowing God is not finished with her yet.



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