Monday, April 23, 2012

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carie Review and Giveaway

I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the book "The Forgiven Duke," which is a sequel to The Guardian Duke, which I read and reviewed just last February. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book by Jamie Carie and was eager to see what the latest adventure of Lady Featherstone would be. She is such an engaging character, full of spunk and determination.

About the Book:
Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon - the path of least resistance - Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton - the path less traveled by - on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

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 home schooled 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 her head 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!”

My thoughts:
This is a great "can't put it down" book. Lady Alexandria Featherstone is still looking for her treasure hunting parents, who have been declared dead. But, she won't believe that and she continues her search in this sequel to "The Guardian Duke."

I love the letters going back and forth between Gabriel and Alexandria. They are so full of feelings for each other and speak volumes. This is refreshing as nowadays, we are so caught up in text messaging and emails that the "personal touch" is sometimes forgotten.

I find the Christian theme refreshing. I like how Alex and the other characters are continually reminding themselves that they need to look to and trust God as they continue their adventure.

The book is beautifully written and you can easily visualize the surrounding countryside, the cities and each character. I'm looking forward to reading the final installment of this trilogy, which will release in September.

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This book is due to be released July 2012, but you can win your own copy now!!!

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