Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Guardian Duke book review/giveaway

I absolutely have always enjoyed reading. Especially if it is a book that captures your attention and keeps it. I have read several books that I have enjoyed so much that I get captured in the book and become a part of the story. Those are the best!! Unfortunately, I do not have as much time to read as I would like but I still get in as much reading time as I can.
Recently, I received a book by Jamie Caries entitles "The Guardian Duke". I was asked to have my review done by March 1st, and on February 2th I felt like I had read enough to do the review, but then I got more and more captivated by the story that I felt I had to finish reading before I could do the review justice.

About the Book:
The Guardian Duke is award-winning 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 f Ireland but is always one step behind.
When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what Go has planned for both of them.

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:
Well I have already told you that I was captivated by this story. I do have to admit that the first chapter was a little hard to follow. Once I got past the fist chapter it got more and more interesting and I was there with the Duke and with Lady Alexandria.
This book is a love story and a suspense thriller all in one. As you read, you go with the Duke through his trying times of losing his hearing to falling in love with Lady Featherstone through some letters. You also go with Lady Featherstone on her journey as she tricks the Duke into sending her money and takes off on an adventure, that nearly costs her life, to try to find her parents.
As the book was coming to an end, I was always trying to find time to read. I would sneak the book at work and read whenever I thought no one would come in and catch me, and I read at night for as late as I could possibly read without falling asleep. And finally, I got to the end...only to find out the story will continue. Oh man, was I ever disappointed! Now don't get me wrong, I do love it when I am left in suspense at the end of a book because I know I get to read another book to finish the story. But I had my hopes set on them meeting and making this journey together.
 
This is a really great book and I look forward to the next book in what is going to become a great series!

Giveaway time!! I have a book to offer as a giveaway to a North Carolina Momma reader.

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