Thursday, March 28, 2013

A Duke's Promise ~ Book 3, A Forgotten Castles novel by Jamie Carie, ©2012

Award-winning writer Jamie Carie's trilogy comes to a close in this final novel in the Forgotten Castles series. It continues a love story filled with action-filled adventure, determining the trustworthiness of others met during their quest, and prominently, the importance of enduring faith to see them through.

“Revealing Secrets of the Kingdom one story at a time.”

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen — Italy and the marble caves of Carrara — but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.
   Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other — a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.
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Following Books 1 and 2, The Guardian Duke and The Forgiven Duke, Book 3 continues the story of Alexandria and Gabriel as they now venture together to locate Alexandria's parents. A Duke's Promise may be read as a stand-alone novel, continuing their journey as newlyweds.

This fast-paced story takes you on a journey fraught with danger and excitement as this young couple set out together on their honeymoon. To any unsuspecting bystander, they appear just that. Excited to be together, exploring each day in their new surroundings. But it is further than that in their venture. More than one country is wanting the details of the findings of her parents' search for proof of Augusto de Carrara's manuscript, of value to each of them.

It is midsummer, 1819, as Alex and Gabriel leave London by ferry through the Strait of Dover, headed for Calais, France. After a scrimmage, they lose their guards and travel on by horseback to Paris. Their travel plans change as Madame Sophie Blanchard, a solo-flying balloonist, lands there. She agrees to fly them over the Swiss Alps to Italy, their destination in seeking Alex's parents. Arriving in Italy after being airborne, they are met once again by multiple seekers of this hoped for treasure for their country. It is necessary for Gabriel and Alex to learn to listen and work together, as they seek God's plan for them, individually and as a couple, for their journey.

***Thank you to author Jamie Carie for sending me a copy of A Duke's Promise to review in my own words. No other compensation was received.***

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