Having read Jamie Carie's brilliant first novel, 'Snow Angel', I was extremely excited for her second novel with the unusual title 'The Duchess and the Dragon' despite a few negative opinions!
Drama enters on the very first page as we find the dashing Drake Weston Duke of Northumberland the victim of a deceitful and vengeful now deceased father, cutting Drake out his will and only heir to his estate and fortune, BUT WHY? Furious, Drake concocts a scheme to hide the body from public eye, pose as his father, marry a stranger, produce a brother, and steal the inheritance! Drake doesn't expect someone to find out his plan, but when a man confronts Drake and expects a hefty sum of $$ to cover the truth, Drake corners the man and believes he has taken his life! Drake now on the run from the law and his life has no choice but to abandon his plans, his life, his home, his name, his money, from England by ship to America! Now being forced to travel in poverty, he's haunted by guilt, anger, and illness is rescued by Amish, Serena Winter when the ship docks in Quaker, Philadelphia. Innocent Serena is immediately drawn by his beauty, and dark mystery, and convinces her father to bring him home to bring him back to health. The two eventually fall passionately and almost scandalously in love, Serena facing the facts she must marry him and leave her simple ways, her home, her family and lifestyle behind her, all the while Drake continues to harbor, deceit, and lies about his past! Will he tell her the truth, will Serena stand by her husband? A forgiving, gripping, page turner that will leave you breathless and full of hope!
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Review 2 for The Duchess and the Dragon - eBook
Date:October 31, 2012
Most of the book held my interest but it slowed down in spots. Over all it was a good story line
I am not one to write negative reviews, but felt compelled, in this case, to warn other parents out there -- that this is NOT a novel to pass along to your daughter if you're hoping to inspire purity until marriage and wise decision making in the choice of a husband. What could have been a cautionary tale ended up losing its way. To put it simply, lust is accepted as a justifiable reason to choose a mate. Although mistakes are recognized to some degree and forgiveness and redemption are emphasized, the value of seeking and evaluating another's heart in terms of faith, and aim, and honesty is never addressed. Deceit is a major aspect of the relationship, but it all works out in the end, anyway. This story had wonderful potential, but in my mind, truly missed the mark as Christian Fiction.
I thought this book was very good. Lots of people reviewing this book have said that it has no place in Christian fiction. I for one, completely disagree.Jamie Carie was not out of line with the sensuality in this book. While Serena starts to loose reason in one scene in the book Drake knows what they are doing is wrong and he wasn't going to allow it. After they are found kissing alone in a room, they agree to marry. I for one think there is nothing wrong with passion between husband and wife, but maybe I'm strange.This book is a wonderful romance that not only Christians can love, but non-Christians as well. I found it highly entertaining and thought it was wonderfully written. I wish there were more books like it.
I thought the plot line was great, but was not expecting such steamy scenes in a Christian book. There is a reason I gave up mainstream romances. I also had a problem with the fact that she was yoked together with a non-believer and that she walked away from her faith. I kept expecting her to find another church to start attending even if she was no longer welcome among the Quakers.
While the story is captivating, I find that it should not be listed against Christian Fiction. There is too much sensuality that one would be ashamed to have it on one's bookshelf. I feel that an author can create a very strong chemistry between couples without the blatant sensuality. Linda Chaikin is gifted in this area that one feels what the characters feel for each other without even the physical contact that authors always think is necessary.
I was highly disappointed with this book. The "love" story was so shallow, full of lust not love. The detail of their encounters was inappropriate for a Christian book. The plot was quite unbelievable. I kept waiting for something to make it seem like a Christian book but there just wasn't much.
I don't usually read "Christian Romance" stories, so that may account for my opinion. I must say I have to agree with both Angie and Michele..."it reads like a Harlequin novel...and it reads like a "lust story" not love story." Quite frankly I don't believe it has a place in Christian fiction.Then there are the characters. I like Serena, her family, her art and her service to the sick and indentured servants. I didn't like how easily she abandoned her faith and family for Drake.Then there is Josiah, Serena's father. He has much to teach Drake who seems a willing student, maybe not in silver smithing, but in life. I think there was much that could have been done in that relationship. I don't buy her father's willingness to allow her and bless her to go her own way for this man, knowing so little about him, all the while still believing he is running from something. Instead he enabled him to continue to run from his past, dragging his daughter with him. Then there is the young farmer, her intended, before Drake. His love for Serena is portrayed as so boring. When the newly wedded couple flee Philadelphia, does it make sense for them to run to him for safe harbor...and at what cost to himDrake, the the noble with no inheritance to call his own. You are asked to look past his temper, haughtiness, deceitfulness, past his philandering lifestyle of wealth and entitlement. You are asked to pity his lot as he escapes the law as an indentured servant. To sympathize with his wretched condition as he arrives in America. You, like Serena, are asked to lay aside his character for his incredible good looks and the "excitement" he stirs in our young heroine. And because he is converted by the end of the story we are supposed to believe it "worked together for good." Please. I can't recommend this book. If you choose to read it anyway, consider this...is this what you would want for your daughter...and is the fairy tale ending realistic?
Jamie Carie knows how to pull a reader in to a story. The inheritance scandal and Drake flight's for his life and near-tragic sea journey really grabs you. That was all great stuff, if not too descriptive. Some details even turned my stomach. Then the romance begins, and my first thought was that it reminded me of a Harlequin historical romance. I haven't read them in years, but the attraction Serena feels toward this obviously sick man doesn't make a lot of sense because you know he had to look skinny and bedraggled, but I suppose the pull she felt was reminiscent of Florence Nightingale syndrome. I would think her desire would be more from pity that actually having the hots for him. That is just a minor issue. At any rate, the attraction between them sizzled and that was pretty exciting stuff. I was amazed at how much was implied that goes above and beyond what you find in most inspirational historicals, but it was enjoyable and refreshing to read. Like many woman, Serena felt a strong pull toward the dangerous guy and felt mere friendship for the safe one. The fear, excitement, pangs of regret, renewed hope, and roller coaster of emotion that played out in this story all made sense to me. I especially enjoyed the faith portion and the change exhibited in Drake's heart over time. He truly was not the same man he was before. Isn't that just how it is when God uses trials and hardship to soften us and draw us close to His heart? Overall, I'd say this book was a dynamic read. It was hard to put down and I found the story and the setting incredibly engaging, plus the emotional and physical interplay between the hero and heroine was breathtaking. If you loved A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist, you will enjoy this story.