Review

THE GUARDIAN DUKE is the first installment in Jamie Carie’s  Forgotten Castles trilogy which starts out in England in the early 1800’s.

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.

Ms. Carie has a wonderful ability to make her characters come alive…

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, appears to have everything the world has to offer:  he’s handsome, rich, powerful, esteemed by all and yet he has never found true contentment outside of music.  Suddenly he is stripped of his hearing by a mysterious ailment that the best physicians in London cannot figure out and his music has stopped.   To add to his problems he is informed that the Prince Regent has made him guardian over Alexandria Featherstone, the daughter of two of England’s most famous adventurers who are believed to have died in their latest treasure hunt.  While Gabriel tries to accept his royal assignment, made more difficult by his recent loss of hearing, Alexandria, believing her parents still alive and in need or her, decides to go looking for her parents and evade her new guardian.  Through England and Ireland, Gabriel pursues Alex but is always one step behind her.

Ms. Carie has a wonderful ability to make her characters come alive, whether it is the depressed Duke of St. Easton or the lonely, yet feisty young Alexandria.  The adventures she takes her hero/heroine and her readers on make her stories so engrossing.

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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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