Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Review: The Guardian Duke (ARC) by Jamie Carie

At the Other End:

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.

First Impressions Last:

This book sounded very intriguing from the blurb. Also the cover is gorgeous. I wanted to read something that was Historicral and settled for this book. I had a mood for historical as I haven't read many in a while. This is what a good blurb should be like, it intrigues you to read the book. But it does give the story away, it was just basically the general idea of a theme and not the actual occurences.

Behind the 320 Pages:

Essentially I like this book. The story line was good and it was interesting to see what she would find to her parents dissapearance. The language used in the book changed at times. Sometimes the language was very proper (for both Gabriel and Alex) but then at times it lacked the propriety that it should have had for the time frame it is set in. Some of the language used as well (like telling people to call her Alex) didn't suit the time frame as well.

The novel sped along well. At the ending as Gabriel and Alex caught up to each other and then mixed with their tellings each new chapter seemed to be like repeats but from a different persona. Which basically all the end was. It got boring at this time because we already know what happens and we feel like skipping through it as we have lived and seen it all already and know the end result

However, the book lacks information. Like on Gabriel's mysterious illness etc. We need to know why and how to these questions, hoping now that they will be answered in the next book.

With the next book, it seems as though it is going to be a series where, each book in the series is going to connect straight to the previous and combined they would all be like one big book.

It's hard to say the pace of reading this book. We don't hurrily go through each page, wanting new information. But we don't find it boring either. It's inbetween. Casual.

What's Next:

The Forgiven Duke (Forgotten Castles #2)
Finding the Time: 1 July 2012
At the Other End:
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.

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