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Product Details

  • Series: Forgotten Castles
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433673223
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433673221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #616,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, a ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, USA Book News National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. Her third novel, Wind Dancer, was a 2010 Indiana State Library Best Books of Indiana finalist. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis.

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Revealing secrets of the Kingdom, one story at a time . . .

Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, Jamie is a preacher's daughter. Road trips with her dad--to and from Bible studies across Indiana--were filled with talks of things beyond earth's bounds - creation and the fall, God and Jesus and the rapture, the earthly walk compared to the spiritual walk, and how we are born for more than what we can see or touch.
The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad would spend a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. Nothing ever felt so special as a middle of the night slice of pie with her dad. And nothing could stop the writing pouring out of her.

Poems, short stories, skits and song lyrics later, Jamie grew up and married. When her eldest son turned five she decided to try her hand at novels. Snow Angel was released by B&H Publishing Group in September 2007 and won the USA Book News "Best Books 2007" Awards winner, and 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career. Jamie has since written several books to great acclaim. Her first novella, a Christmas novella, The Snowflake, is scheduled to release October 2010.

Jamie and Tony have been married for twenty-two years and live in Indianapolis, Indiana with their three sons and a giant of a dog named Leo.

If she could only say one thing to her readers it would be, "Live the dreams God has destined you for!"

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I also really liked the other minor characters.
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In fact, when you get to the last page you are already wanting to read the next book in the series.
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It just ended, leaving me feelings as though there was very little point to the story at all.
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79 of 94 people found the following review helpful By akb--bookworm VINE VOICE on January 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
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!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Booklover2905 on January 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katie Garvin on February 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelli of I'd So Rather Be Reading on July 6, 2013
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.
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