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Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Guardian Duke

Recently I was given the opportunity to review the book, The Guardian Duke, by Jamie Carie. I had never read any of her novels so I didn't really know what to expect.  I LOVED IT!  

About the Book:
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.
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 homeschooled 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 herhead 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!”

This was a very easy book to read and get emotionally involved in.  In fact, I read the whole book in just two days - ignoring most other duties.  :)  The suspense of whether or not Gabriel and Lady Alexandria get to meet face to face is enough to keep you turning the pages.  My only complaint is that now I have to wait until this summer to find out what happens next in the next book in the series, The Forgiven Duke.  :)  I highly recommend reading this book.

In fact, you can win your very own copy of this book.  Just leave a comment telling me the last good book you read.  Giveaway ends Thursday, March 8.  Winner will be drawn randomly and announced on Friday, March 9.

And while we're on the subject, the winner of The Mighty Macs DVD is Laura.  I'll have your DVD sent out to you right away!

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Gina @ Gigi Marie Photography said...

I'm so glad you decided to review it. I don't typically read novels either- but I will have to pick this one up.

Adeline said...

I have been reading a whole lot of books, but the one which stands out for me, which i read recently was The Fall of Lucifer by Wendy Alec. It's an amazing novel which just keeps you hooked onto. It's a story about what happens in heaven & correspondingly what happens on earth. It relates with the stories from the bible giving you a better perspective of what really happens in the spiritual realm.A must read i would say!=)