_ The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist 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 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.
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The year is 1818; the setting is England and Ireland. There are two main characters in this fascinating story: Alexandria Featherstone, the lone child (now 20 years of age and quite independent) of a couple who have more interest in their chosen profession of treasure hunting than of raising their child; she (Alex), therefore, has grown up in a dilapidated and crumbling castle with an elderly couple who look after her and the castle, the fields, and the animals around it, on tiny Holy Island with a tiny town and its citizens as faithful friends.
When her parents are not seen nor heard from in nearly a year, and are declared "dead" by the powers that be, Alex knows in her heart that they are not dead but instead in some kind of trouble. She takes it upon herself to find them. She prays much to the God she trusts, and she feels it is certainly His Will to be with her and help her on her quest.
Gabriel Ravenwood, Duke of St. Easton, is the other major character in this story. He lives in London and is a powerful individual who is suddenly afflicted by an illness or "condition" which devastates him and causes him to begin looking inward, wondering why God would allow such a thing to come over him. He receives a letter from the Prince Regent, an all-powerful force in that day, requesting him to find this "child" and brin gher to London. After all, her parents are "dead", and she is obviously in need of a guardian. He appoints Gabriel as that guardian. She is also heir to a great fortune.
With that introduction, we begin on a very interesting, sometimes spontaneous trip throughout Ireland. Alex always manages to keep just out of reach of the Duke, who is intent on finding her and taking her under his wing. Through letters they write to each other during the following weeks and months, she tries to deceive him because she does NOT want to be taken to live in London. Instead, she wants to continue her quest for her parents. He begins to find himself falling in love with her just by what he learns of her and sees in her letters, which become more and more personal in nature. He also begins to realize that her prayers and the strength of her God are giving him comfort and courage in his own life, and he begins to receive strength from God himself.
Of course, there are many setbacks in this adventure; others - who are intent on evil - attempt to discourage and end this quest. Accidents happen; much misfortune at times; which make for an exciting and adventurous read. The sequel to this book is in the making currently, and is obviously a must-read. The Guardian Duke well-written, fast-moving story which was hard to put down.
I'm pleased to mention that I read this book very quickly, in a day or so, while we were on vacation. I could hardly put the book down! I've always enjoyed regency-era books and movies, and I'm pleased to let you know here that this did NOT disappoint! As well, the author has developed a romantic book that is very clean and appropriate for all audiences! I'm so happy that the author, Jamie Carie, has chosen to write her books in this manner. Sensuality is just not necessary in Christian fiction books these days. If you like a mystery with a touch of romance, in a book where Christ is glorified and honored, you will enjoy The Guardian Duke.
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