Book Review: A Duke's Promise (Forgotten Castles #3) by Jamie Carie

Award-winning writer Jamie Caries concludes her most epic storyline with a wonderful twist in A Duke’s Promise , the final Forgotten Castles novel.

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.

Release Date: September 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: B&H Books
Source: NetGalley
Other Books in the Series (Click the title to read my review): The Guardian Duke, The Forgiven Duke

What a great series this has turned out to be!  If you can read the three books in a row, I greatly recommend that.  Book one, The Guardian Duke, has such an open ending that you will be left screaming in frustration if you don't have book two immediately available to you.  Book two, The Forgiven Duke, has more closure but still some openness, setting things up perfectly for book three.

The Forgotten Castles series kept getting better and better with each book!  I was totally in love with Gabriel by the beginning of book two, and by the end of the series, he is one of my favorite leading men.  I love reading about a healthy, faith-based relationship like Gabriel and Alex's.  They are so united in their quest to find Alex's parents, and I love how Gabriel makes the promise to her that he will not stop looking for them until they are found.

There was a lot of character growth in this book, which I love.  I love watching characters grow personally and grow in their faith.  The Christian element to this book is subtly handled, and should not be a deterrent to those who don't usually read Christian fiction.

I loved the ending, especially the epilogue.  I absolutely adore getting a glimpse into favorite characters' happily ever afters and Carie provided this with aplomb.  It was exactly the kind of ending I had hoped for, and it was so gratifying to see my hopes and dreams for Alex and Gabriel to come to pass.

I am so happy to have found Jamie Carie.  Her writing is smart, emotional, and fast-paced.  I love how she can create a powerful love story without a bunch of smut.  I especially love the historical aspect to her work.  Highly recommended! 

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