Thursday, April 19, 2012

The Forgiven Duke

;) Having been left on a cliffhanger when I finished "The Guardian Duke," I was very pleased to be asked to review a pre-release copy of the second book in the series, "The Forgiven Duke" by Jamie Curie.  I am also pleased that I am able to offer a giveaway for a pre-release copy to one of my readers.

While the first book was something of a sweet, slightly innocent adventure, the second installment brings more danger and duty to the story. Here is a quick snippet from the publisher about the book:

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 was a satisfying continuation of the story, and it left me with a different set of emotions that the first book. I suppose I feel that it has more "Substance." There are situations that arise and decisions that are made which build the depth of character in Miss Featherstone and the Duke of St. Easton alike.

The The Guardian Duke showcased the motto of the Featherstones~ "Willing and Able" in that Alexandria throws caution to the wind, but is willing and able to do what she must to complete her quest of finding her lost parents.

In The Forgiven Duke, the St. Easton motto "Faith for Duty" becomes preeminent and I can now accept the Duke's falling in love sight unseen, when I consider my favorite definition of faith from Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This is my own personal extrapolation, which made me appreciate the story more fully.

If you don't win the giveaway, I would like you to know that The Forgiven Duke is due to be released this July, and you can pre-order it on Amazon (Personally, I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the series, which will be released in September :) ).
Visit Jamie at The Forgotten Castle Series on Facebook for conversation, contests, and more.

Now for the giveaway~ (Rafflecopter takes some time to load, so if you just blew through my review (hee-hee.. I know, it happens sometimes. ;)  ), then you might have to wait a minute for it to load.

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