The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie was a wonderful book. It’s not a romance novel in its typical definition, and it’s not Christian fiction in its typical definition. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it grabbed me from the beginning.
Alexandria Featherstone’s parents have gone missing. They are treasure hunters who never really wanted to have a child, but had one, and then proceeded to leave her behind while they went out on their adventures. Their last adventure was a mysterious one that Alex doesn’t know much about.
Gabriel, Duke of St. Easton is one of the richest men in England. He receives notice from King George III that he has been named Alex’s guardian since the Crown has determined her parents must have died. What’s interesting is that after receiving the notice, Gabriel is visited by a peer who tells him the real reason he was appointed Alex’s guardian. The treasure that her parents were in search of was stolen from the British Museum, and Spain, France, and England all want the item.
Gabriel is struck deaf early on by a mysterious circumstance. With the help of his secretary/valet, he makes his way through society and England trying to find and help Alex. They only communicate through letter, and she manages to stay one step ahead of him throughout the book.
Alex “collects” people as she journeys in search of her parents. People are captured by her charm and sincerity in her search. They want to help her in anyway possible. She is often of two minds – wanting Gabriel’s help, but also wanting to do it on her own to prove herself to her parents.
I liked the communication by letter – especially when Gabriel realizes that Alex writes two different types of letters. Also, I got the feeling that Alex’s attitude in her posted letters to Gabriel was an act to a certain point.
I also liked the way that Gabriel is written. Usually, dukes are pompous, staid, and used to getting their way. In this book, Gabriel kind of turns that on its head – he is dependent on a servant to help him; he is very smart and has studied a lot of different topics; while he tries to maintain appearances, he’s not afraid to show that he needs help.
This is book one of a series, and I can’t wait to get the next one.
Jamie Carie’s Live Action Book Trailer for The Guardian Duke
Amazon Product Page – (published February 1, 2012)
I received this book through the NetGalley system. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.