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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman & Holman (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673221
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Heaven!! 28 Jun 2012
By Lucinda
This novel was one that evoked the historical genre perfectly with all those detailed elements that one finds in a well written book by an accomplished author with imaginative flair and passion for the particular era. The complex and engrossing storyline captured my imagination and stole my heart the moment that I began to read, hence I consider myself to be extremely privileged to have been able to read such an outstanding book with the intention of re-reading it time and time again. If the book's eye-catching, strikingly beautiful cover doesn't make you want to pluck it from the bookshelf then the storyline will; being the most original work that I have encountered this year. I was fascinated by the outlandish and remarkable character the Duke of St. Easton who was truly memorable, in both my eyes as the reader who glimpsed Jamie Carie's world and the character of Lady Alexandria whom I fell in love with completely. I was taken on the most exciting adventure that sent me back in time to an era of elegance and decadence, which was captivating in vivid color. Being swept into the most engrossing and engaging plot that I was unable to leave; this novel took my very soul and placed it within its pages. The author creates a tapestry of historical fact that is entwined with passion and comprehensive characters, which brings England's regency period to life before your very eyes. I was unable to put this book down after the moment that I began to read and having since lost myself within a forgotten castles novel, I cannot wait to begin reading book two and continue along the most enjoyable journey which I don't want to end. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars UGH! 23 Jan 2012
By akb--bookworm - Published on
I rarely give out 1 star reviews to a book I have actually finished. If I've finished it, it deserves at least 2 stars unless it is completely unredeemable for me. I was annoyed with this story to point that I had to force myself to finish, just skimming along repetitive paragraphs searching for kernels of story. I also wanted to know how the story ended. And that is why this is only 1 star instead of 2 stars: There is no ending! There is no resolution! There is no romance! There is no connection! The hero and heroine meet once at 93% into the book, but don't know it's the other. This is the first book I wanted to throw across the room, but it was on my Kindle and didn't want to break it. I did scream and groan and lament the fact that I trudged all through this horrible mess called a book for absolutely NOTHING!

Obviously, I have some strong negative feelings about this "book."

Lady Alexandria Featherstone's parents are high profile treasure hunters and have gone missing. The King has declared them dead and has ordered Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, to take guardianship over Lady Alex to keep her safe from those who possibly harmed her parents, who seek the same treasure, and who would use her to find it as well. Alex chafes at the idea of having a guardian and doesn't believe her parents dead so she sets out to follow "clues" left behind by her parents to save them. Gabriel pursues her across England and Ireland trying to protect his ward from harm.

First, Lady Alex is TOO STUPID TO LIVE! She has no skills, no personality, and no common sense. Her parents never wanted a child, and have made no secret about it. She lives in squalor and is shocked to find out that she has a fortune that rivals the duke's, which we hear over and over again is richer than the King! So, her parents never showed her any love yet she is worried for them and determined to save them. She runs off without a companion and shocked when men treat her as a common whore because she isn't acting like a lady. She has no sleuthing skills, yet everyone clamors about how smart she is because she goes to the post office where her parents posted a letter. Wow! What deductive reasoning you have! She tells everyone wide and far that she's looking for her parents and searching for treasure. Wow! Way to keep a low profile! She throws several temper tantrums throughout the story, yet when one of her companions she collects along the way gets hurt he says to her "Quit that blubbering and act like the woman I know you are." Really? And what woman would that be? The one that freaks out over everything? Because, yeah, she's doing that right now. Where is this strong, capable, smart woman you think you are talking to, because it isn't Alex.

Everyone she meets seems to fall under her spell and is from then on her loyal friends, yet I could see no reason for it. All she does is say hi, tell them her whole life story about searching for her parents and treasure, and they smile and think she is amazing.

I liked the idea of Alex and Gabriel falling in love through letters, but I couldn't even understand how it happened. They exchange a few letters, in which Alex tells more lies than truths, yet Gabriel is falling for this woman? The letters are very few, they show Alex as an ignorant lady of ill breeding as she is rude, demanding, and plain stupid for calling the King names! And Gabriel wants to love this woman?

The mystery of the missing parents and missing treasure is never resolved, yet we hear all the "clues" (and I use that term "clues" loosely, this isn't Sherlock Holmes or anything remotely intelligent) at least twice as Alex follows her "clues" and questions people and then a few days later Gabriel, hot on her trail, questions the same people and we hear the same "clues" yet again. Repetitive!

Oh, and Gabriel. Sigh, where to start. He actually wasn't so bad if he wasn't so stupid. It's never clear WHY the King calls on HIM to protect Alex. What skills does he have to bring to the table? Huh, not sure. We do know that he has studied just about every subject. He gets obsessive about something and learns all there is about it and then is bored with it and moves on. And he is rich. So, why is it HIM the King wants to pursue this? Don't know. As I said before, we don't get an ending. And so much time is devoted to his new ailment of losing his hearing that that is all that is remarkable about him. He's lost his hearing and has to deal with it. And he's too stupid to follow an inept treasure hunter.

I know several people will mark this review as "Not Helpful" just because I'm giving it 1 Star, but really I was that annoyed with this story. I slogged through all that annoyance to get to absolutely nothing--there was absolutely no payoff in the end to make it worth it.

My Recommendation: Skip this headache and timewaster. If you are still inclined to read this, I'd suggest waiting until the release of the second book The Forgiven Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel so that you can at least find out how it all ends. Cliffhanger doesn't even begin to describe how this book ends as not one item in this story is resolved. (And really, I can't understand WHY the DUKE has to be FORGIVEN when it is Alex is the liar and the inconsiderate imbecile who is in serious need of forgiveness--not the duke who has done NOTHING wrong!)

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The Guardian Duke
The Forgiven Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel

I wish I had just skipped this one or just stopped reading once I realized it was a dud. *groan*
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great start of a trilogy! 19 Jan 2012
By Booklover2905 - Published on
Lady Alexandria Featherstone has been told her parents are dead but she doesn't believe it all. She just knows they must be alive and that something has happened to them while our on their last treasure hunt. Gabriel, the Duke of Easton, has been assigned guardian of Lady Alexandria by the king and he wants to fulfill that assignment the best he can. The problem is Alexandria does not want to allow and runs of on her own in search for her parents. She manages to always stay one step ahead of the Duke who is bound and determined to catch up with her and bring her back to London safely.

This was such a fun book to read. I loved reading the letters written between Gabriel and Alexandria and wondering what would happen next. This book kept me guessing all the way through. As soon as I thought he would catch up to her she came up with a new way of getting ahead. Jamie Carie did a great job at keeping the story interesting and weaving the two characters stories together. This book left me very excited to read the next book in the series. It ended with a big cliffhanger that left me with more questions and the thrill of what will happen next. The next book, The Forgiven Duke, releases in July 2012.

Note: I was given an advance review copy of this book from the author and publisher in exchange for my honest review.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good beginning to a series...with a major cliffhanger! 18 Feb 2012
By Katie Garvin - Published on
Jamie Carie has captured my attention once again with her newest release, The Guardian Duke. This first book in her 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.

I confess I didn't like Alexandria as much. She seemed...ditsy, almost, in the way she went about things. I don't know, but it got on my nerves a little. Montague was really cool, though! I loved how he just swooped into Alexandria's path like a guardian angel and protects her along her journey.

The first half of The Guardian Duke was a little slow going, but not terribly so. But be forewarned--there is a major cliffhanger at the end of this book. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series, I can tell you! What will Gabriel and Alexandria go through next??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique read 7 July 2013
By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
The Guardian Duke was such a unique read. I am not usually a fan of epistolary novels; however, the letters were just a part of the book, not the entire book.

Alex is a young girl who has absentee parents (apparently this phenomenon is not limited to contemporary or paranormal YA). She has practically raised herself and is living in dire straits, with no money to maintain her parents' crumbling castle.

Gabriel is a young duke who has recently suddenly lost his hearing. He struggles with his condition and feels that no one around him understands. When Alex's parents are assumed dead after they fail to return from one of their treasure-hunting trips, the King assigns Gabriel with guardianship of Alex. They start to communicate via letter and a grudging friendship ensues.

Alex decides to set off to find her parents, never believing that they are dead. Gabriel sets off to visit Alex and help her repair the castle and her parents' estate. He finds her gone and tries to find her. Alex runs into trouble during her journey and meets two friends along the way.

What I really liked about this book was the subtle faith and the development of the relationship between Alex and Gabriel. I loved that they fall in love with each other solely based on their letters. The inclusion of the letters at the beginning of each chapter was a nice addition to the story and I got a lot of enjoyment out of them.

What bothered me about this book was the lack of closure. I thought the story cut off rather abruptly, even more so than most cliffhanger endings in series novels. It definitely left me excited for the second book in the series, but I was also frustrated at the very open ending.

Overall, I would recommend The Guardian Duke, especially for fans of Christian fiction and historical fiction. While I wait for The Forgiven Duke (book two) I am going to read more of Jamie Carie's work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 1 of Forgotten Castles 11 Feb 2013
By A. Harris - Published on
This is a historical Christian romance with a bit of mystery. This story takes place in 1818. Gabriel Ravenwood is the Duke of St. Easton. He has a love for music and loses his hearing suddenly. The doctors cannot figure out why he has lost his hearing. Gabriel gets a letter from the king appointing him as the guardian for Lady Alexandria Featherstone of Holy Island. Her parents are treasure hunters that have been missing and have been presumed dead. Upon hearing that she has been appointed a guardian, Alex decides to find her parents as she believes them to be alive still. Her travels start in Ireland and she will meet danger upon the way. She will also gain 2 traveling companions who protect her. When Gabriel journeys to Holy Island to bring Alex to London he discovers of her travels and goes after her as she is in danger. He has never met her yet as they have only corresponded through letters.

I really enjoyed this story. I really grew to like these characters, each dealing with their own problems the best that they can. The author did a fantastic job of describing the scenery. I could imagine all these characters and places while I was reading. There wasn't too much romance in this story as all the feelings that developed were through letters. The author did leave a little cliffhanger at the end so it's a good thing I have the next book waiting for me to read it!

I received this ebook free from the publisher, B&H Publishing Group, through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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