The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie

Have you ever picked up a book that you were excited to read and then you just couldn't get into it?  That's how I thought it was going to be with The Guardian Duke, fortunately, I was finally able to get into it so much, that I hated putting it down!!  In fact, as I neared the end of the book I was a bit devastated that it was ending and I didn't have the next book in the Forgotten Castles series yet!! 

Alexandria Featherstone is used to being alone and pretty much in charge of herself.  Her parents, are treasure seekers that are often hired by others to find secret and/or valuable items, therefore she is often left in the "care" of her aging servants.  It's been almost a year since she has heard from her parents, when Alex receives a letter from the Duke of St. Easton telling her that since the Prince Regent believes her parents to be deceased, she is now under the Duke's guardianship.  Alex feels that she MUST find her parents at whatever cost... she doesn't believe they are dead, merely in trouble and needing her help. 

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the king to take guardianship of Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead.  Gabriel is dealing with his own trials as he loses his hearing and regains it and loses it again.  All the best doctors are called in, but no answers are found.  He must try to carry on as a sensible man in charge and he doesn't want to receive any sympathy or pity.  When his headstrong charge won't come to him, he decides he must go and retrieve her for her own safety.  In the meantime, they continue to write back and forth and in doing so, form a bond that neither is sure how it will affect the future.

Jamie Carie does a great job in the writing of this book.  I honestly didn't want it to end and can't wait until July 2012 to read more about Alex and Gabriel!!

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About the Author:
When she was six, Jamie’s parents met Jesus and soon after started a church. It changed everything. 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.
As Jamie’s relationship with God grew, she discovered her heart was filled with songs and poetry. During high school she wrote lyrics for her brother’s band. (And she sang them too!) After college, Jamie married, had two sons and decided to stay home with them. While she homeschooled she wrote skits, poems, plays and short stories for school and church.
When her eldest son turned five she dove into the world of novels. She’d read romance novels for years, but couldn’t relate to the flawless, saintly heroines in Christian romance novels. So she decided to write her own.
Snow Angel was born on a frosty night in an old farmhouse in Fishers, Indiana, where the cold floor gave plenty of motivation for the snow scene. Jamie loves to write late at night when the house is quiet and the darkness seems alive. Elizabeth and Noah had been playacting in herhead for a long time, so the story went fast.
Ten years later Snow Angel was published and won the ForeWord magazine Romance Book of the Year winner, was a National “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and a 2008 RITA Awards® Best First Book finalist. It was the beginning of her dream career.
Jamie and her husband Tony have been married for twenty-one years and live in Indianapolis 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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