Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book review and giveaway: The Guardian Duke

I've always been a big fan of books set during the Regency period of time (early 1800s) in England. So when I heard about a new book set in this time period by Jamie Carie called The Guardian Duke, I happily accepted the opportunity to review it.  Here's a bit about this book, from the press release that I received:

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.
I expected a typical Christian romance novel, but boy was I wrong! The mystery and adventure starts on page 3 and never lets up for a minute. I started the book in the evening and ended up staying up WAY too late to finish it because I couldn't put it down. There's a bit of everything in this book- romance, travel, adventure, foreign spies, discussions of faith and duty. It's all beautifully written with great detail. I felt like I was living the adventure along with the characters! (Spoiler alert- skip this next sentence if you don't want to know one fact about the end of the book) I especially liked the part of the book where the character heads off to Reykjavik, Iceland- because my husband and I are heading there next week! Random, but fun!

The only thing that I did not absolutely love was that this book is part 1 in a series, and I have to wait a few months to see what happens next.  I can't wait!

I have great news- I'm giving away a copy of this book to one lucky reader. Open to US addresses only, enter at the Rafflecopter widget below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review and the chance to give another away.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.