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.
First Impressions Last:
The second novel in the Forgotten Castles trilogy does not disappoint our need for action or romance. Leading us straight for the final novel.
Straight away we continue on from where, The Guardian Duke left off. As we start to read, in the first few chapters we get brought back to speed with a little information to refresh our memory about the ending of the first book and where we left off. It's not too much information, just enough to get us back on track. Saying that, we hardly even realise it, so even if you are a reader that came straight from reading, The Guardian Duke you don't get overwhelmed with information you already know.
Throughout the book the pacing is good at times, then sometimes the pace drops and picks back up again. This happens throughout the book, we get full on action and mystery and puzzles, then the next minute everything dies down quickly and in comparison to what we just experienced, nothing much happens. We mostly get this happening as we change perspectives from Alex to Gabriel. On one side it's action and mysteries, and on the other side it's calm and relaxing. Action returns to both sides however, as the two get closer to each other. There is continuous on-the-go action.
We get more action from this book than the first, especially as the books "connect," this is the part where the plot thickens. When you look at the Forgiven Duke as a whole, you come to realise that the majority of the book is filled with action, then the end is all romance. Sigh worthy, swoon worthy romance.
When Alex is with John (Lemon), she forgives him too easily and fails to see exactly who he is. Selfish and greedy, not to mention these $$ in his eyes, his "love" for her is fake and her leading him on and easily forgiving him also makes her a little selfish.
Alex and Gabriel's constant battle with their own truths and exposing them to one another annoys me. No one is perfect and their struggles and battles are something that they both need to share and overcome together to be able to make their connection with each other stronger. Alex's affliction on who to choose throguhout the book makes me want to shake some sense into her about John. Yet she does learn her lesson with him. But with Gabriel, he had me at 'emerald green eyes' *sighs*. Alex as a character starts to take its toll on us, she gets annoying and, to be honest, blind to what's in front of her and exactly what she needs to do.
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.
At the Other End: From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.
Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.
This novel was received for review via NetGalley. This review is entirely my own, no bribery or any deals have been made to sway this review or change my personal opinion of the novel.