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.
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!
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