Forgotten Castles, Book 2
Back of 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.
The Guardian Duke left us with a nail bitter of an ending, but thankfully The Forgiven Duke picks up the story exactly where it left off. You will be able to give a brief sigh of relief but then the chase begins again.
This series is one, in my opinion, that needs to be read in order. I just don’t think that you would enjoy The Forgiven Duke, nearly as much if you read it as a stand-alone. I think there would just be too many nuances in the story that you would miss.
I loved all the globe-trotting in this installment. The descriptions of Iceland make me want to go there for a visit. (In warm weather, of course!) Jamie Carie has created characters that live and breathe in your imagination. There are some, like Alexandria, Gabriel and Montague that you are going to fall in love with. There are others that you are going to be leery about and look for their hidden motives at all times. One of my favorite aspects of the novels is the way that Ms. Carie has shown her characters reliance and need for God’s guidance and strength. In the opposite way she has also done a marvelous job of describing how others reject that same guidance.
While I am enjoying this series, it does have a tendency to just go on and on to me. I love all the letters exchanged but during all the pursuit I keep thinking “just get together already”. There is one last installment in this series. It is called A Duke’s Promise and is scheduled to be released in September. Will I be reading it? You bet!
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