A duke with a sudden disability. A damsal in distress…or is she? Missing people. A mysterious villain. All of these elements come together in Jamie Carie’s newest novel, The Guardian Duke.
The first book in the A Forgotten Castles trilogy, The Guardian Duke is the story of Gabriel, the duke, and Alexandria Fetherstone, a young woman recently orphaned and placed under the care of the duke. The problem? Lady Featherstone does not believe her parents to be dead.
What ensues is mystery and intrigue as Lady Featherstone travels across Ireland in search of her parents. Gabriel follows, trying to track down Lady Featherstone while battling sudden deafness. Along the way Alexandria and Gabriel communicate through letters, and Gabriel finds himself falling in love with the mysterious Lady Featherstone. But will he be able to catch her, so they can finally meet in person? And will Alexandria find her parents alive? Or will the villainous Spaniard catch her first?
I will admit I had a hard time getting into this book. I couldn’t understand why the author would give Gabriel a problem like sudden deafness. And the plot moved rather slowly in the beginning. But as The Guardian Duke progressed, the mystery deepened, and I found the book hard to put down.
As the story went on, I began to also understand why the author chose to give Gabriel a disability, as it seemed to be paramount to his spiritual growth.
I appreciated the character of Alexandria Featherstone. She was spunky, brave, and had a mind of her own. I chuckled when she managed to foil the Duke again and again. And I felt bad for Gabriel as he chased Alexandria, only to be a step behind at every turn.
Since this is the first book in a trilogy, this storyline did not resolve at the end of the book. So don’t read it expecting a tidy ending. You will be disappointed. All I have to say is I’m looking forward to the second book in the trilogy, due to be released this summer.
I am giving away one copy of The Guardian Duke . To enter, follow the directions below. The giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. I will contact the winner by email after the contest closes on March 8 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The winner will have three days to send me a mailing address for prize fulfillment. If no address is received within three days, I will draw another winner.
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