2/24/12

The Guardian Duke (Book Review and Giveaway!)

Through a book, I can travel to places all around the world and through a book I can visit the past. When it comes to reading novels, I think the Regency Era ranks as one of my favorite time periods. Especially if it takes place in Great Britain or Ireland and even more so if the characters are nobility or have titles.

I just finished reading The Guardian Duke, a regency era romance by Jamie Carie.

About the Book:
The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet. Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind. When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

I always enjoy a book more when I know more about the author and her background. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Jamie Carie home schools. I didn’t need to read more about the author to know that her faith and her walk with Christ is a part of her identity.

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. 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. 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!”

I love the plot line! I enjoyed the intrigue. What happened to her parents? Where are they? Will she find the clues that will lead her to her parents? I love that the characters are real. Alexandria loves God, has faith but is far from perfect. She struggles with her own sins.

I did enjoy reading the book and I look forward to continuing the journey with His Grace and Lady Alexandria, however, I’ll be reading it for the adventure. The romance part is a little over the top for my taste.

I do have to note that personally, I had difficulty with Ms. Carie switching back and forth between using Lady Alexandria and Lady Featherstone. It felt inconsistent with my understanding of peerage and titles and the Regency era. That said, I have passed the book to my oldest daughter who loves anything to do with the Regency era. She’s not yet finished the novel but she is enjoying it!

Does the plot line intrigue you? Do you enjoy historical Christian romances? Then you’ll want to enter my giveaway! One dear reader will get to win a copy of this entertaining novel.


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9 comments:

  1. Oh, now I feel like a dummy. I didn't read what I was supposed to comment about! (you can just delete my last comment!)

    I really enjoy medieval, reformation, or Great Awakening. (But I really enjoy many of them!)

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  2. Favorite time period? I love novels set in about the 1880's in the middle of the country.

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  3. Oooh, that looks wonderful.
    Hmmm, I enjoy a lot of time periods. I'd say my favorites are probably Angevian England through the War of the Roses and pre-revolutionary Russia.

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  4. Favorite time period is the 1800's.

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  5. I absolutely love historical novels, and it's hard to pick a favorite time period - anything before 1900 and I'm in. LOL Medieval British Isles, Regency, and Victorian England are tops on the list.

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  6. Medieval, Renaissance/Reformation, and Revolutionary War. I love most time periods of History though. I love reading History and Historical Fiction.

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  7. That is a fun era. I just finished this one, too. I'm following your blog with Linky followers now.

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  8. The Regency Era is my favorite, followed by the Victorian.

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  9. WHAT? I thought I'd already entered your giveaway. It must've been when my internet was going bonkers! Okay so my favorite time period??? Hmmm???? Let me think???? Okay so I simply cannot choose so I'll just say I love reading about the 1st century because it was so close to when our Lord walked the earth.
    Okay now you stop advertising this giveaway cause I want to win this!!! :)

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