I am so glad that the author, Jamie Carie, didn't try to fit this story into one book. It definitely deserves several, since it's such a great plot. This book is just as good as the first one, with even more romance, adventure and mystery. I really liked that most of The Forgiven Duke was set in Iceland, since my husband and I were lucky enough to travel there a month ago. It's a beautiful and wild place, and the author does a lovely job in this book of describing it and really bringing it to life.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.
This is a beautifully written story of love and forgiveness and faith. If you are a fan of Regency-era books, or if you're looking for a good adventure/romance combo, I highly recommend checking out this book. However, you really do need to read The Guardian Duke first, as The Forgiven Duke is definitely a follow-up book, and not a stand-alone book. I can't wait to see how this story concludes in the third book! The Forgiven Duke will be available in July 2012.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, and the opportunity to give another away. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.