Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Forgiven Duke... Review

Release date: July 2012
Have you read The Guardian Duke? No? Definitely consider it before diving into The Forgiven Duke. You have time before The Forgiven Duke is released (July 2012). As part two of Jamie Carie’s three-part series, The Forgiven Duke picks up where The Guardian Duke leaves us. It doesn’t skip a beat.
Our heroine, Lady Alexandria Featherstone, continues her quest to find her parents who’ve disappeared a year earlier leaving the prince regent to believe, or maybe for appearances’ sake, them to be deceased. Why would he need to do this? That is for you to discover along with Alex when she travels the seas to Iceland, and then across the terrain of Iceland’s land. Clues and stories surrounding the object of Alex’s parents’ search stir the intrigue and anticipation of winning the prize. Danger lurking about, decisions whether to trust or not arise, Alex’s companion lets us know whether he is who and what he says.
Gabriel’s—Duke of St. Easton and Lady Featherstone’s guardian—affliction brings him to a new level of trust in God. He comes to realize how much he’d taken for granted and learns to be thankful in his situation; although, it does prove problematic when encountering men bent on doing him bodily harm. 
 Foy Pour Devoir (Faith for Duty)
In the end, Alex and Gabriel come to the place where they must admit their weaknesses and find the courage to trust, not only God but each other. They learn to walk in forgiveness; but, can this new knowledge hold their relationship together when Gabriel learns of circumstances that would ordinarily be scorned in his circles? Forgiveness and trust will be paramount to the health of their life together. 
 Valens et Volens (Willing and Able)
Unlike the first book, I was instantly engaged in this sequel. Of course, Jamie Carie (as stated in the previous review) spent considerable time laying the groundwork for this tale. By the end of book 1, I knew each character—or felt we did—and had a sense of which ones I could trust and those whose motives I questioned. Throughout book 2, I found myself wishing someone would come to Gabriel’s aid. I wanted Alex to come to her senses and see clearly who was for her and who was out to take her fortune. In the end, I do see her hoping she has what it takes to face her future with Gabriel, however the days ahead turned out. (Please forgive the intentional ambiguity. Don’t want to spoil it for you.)
I have enjoyed these books and look forward to the third and final installment in the Forgotten Castles Series. There is so much to see and experience when reading these books. Pre-order your copy today on

Release date: September 2012

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K. A. Jacobsen

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