Item description for The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie...
Overview Drake Watson, an English heir cut out of his inheritance, and Serena Winter, a Quaker who tends to the sick, fall in love in Philadelphia but face obstacles with the Quaker community and a possible murder near Drake's old home.
Publishers Description Rising romance novelist Jamie Carie's second book, "The Duchess and the Dragon, " tells the epic story of two unlikely soulmates who live worlds apart but soon meet and turn each other's world upside down. Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland, is accustomed to a life of royalty until a tragic mistake followed by murderous rage results in his darkening character and sudden flee from England. With a hoarde of money on which to survive, Drake hops a ship of indentured servants to America but is duly robbed and taken ill by the merciless sea voyage. In Pennsylvania, Serena Winter is a humble, devoted Quaker on a mission of mercy, ready to tend the sick people aboard a ship that has just arrived from England. Taken by Drake's air of dark mystery after he begins to serve as an apprentice to her silversmith father, Serena falls in love and is excommunicated by her fellow believers when she accepts a non-Quaker's marriage proposal. Not knowing Drake's history, Serena is later shocked to discover her new status as a duchess. What follows are hard truths and softening hearts, romance triangles, webs of deceit, and ultimately, the power of grace, love, and passion. Endorsements: "Enthralling. "The Duchess and the Dragon "brought me to tears, to joy, and finally the delight of having just read an absorbing-till-the-last-line novel."--Lauraine Snelling, author of "Breaking Free" and "An Untamed Land
""A thoroughly entertaining and uplifting read . . . an absolute treat."
--"The Sunpiper Book Review
""Jamie Carie's characterization is brilliant with . . . a depth and authenticity rarely seen in romance novels . . . With one book she has entrenched herself a place as one of my 'must read' authors."
"This well-written title deserves a spot on your shelves."
Citations And Professional Reviews The Duchess and the Dragon by Jamie Carie has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2008 page 36
Library Journal - 04/01/2008 page 70
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Studio: B&H Fiction
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 6.48" Height: 0.85" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher Broadman And Holman
ISBN 0805445358 ISBN13 9780805445350
Availability 0 units.
More About Jamie Carie
Jamie Carie is the author of Snow Angel, winner of a 2007 National Best Books Award. She lives with her husband and three children in Indianapolis."
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Reviews - What do customers think about Duchess And The Dragon?
romance and intrgue at its best Feb 12, 2010
Drake Weston, Duke of Northumberland is a character you won't soon forget. A English nobleman trying to fit into the Quaker life while deceiving the people who have come to care for him thinking he a indentured slave. He is a scoundrel who definitely knows how to make the readers love him. Serena Winter is thoughtful, loving,and caring of others. Put her and the Duke together and you romantic Christian drama that you will not want to put down.
The Duchess and the Dragon Sep 13, 2009
The Duke, Drake Weston, is heir to wealth and power. Drake makes a great mistake and must leave everything he has behind and flee for his life. Not only has he to leave his home but he must leave England. Under a false name he slips boards a ship of slaves that is headed to America. When the ship arrives to America, the ship has sick people on it. Serena Winter, who is a Quaker, helps tend to the sick when the ships arrive in the harbor. She helps save the life of Drake, but finds that there is a lot of anger and hostility in this mans life. See sees that there is good in this man and tries to help at what cost.
Great Historical Fiction -even better than her fist book! Jan 22, 2009
I enjoyed reading this book very much. The storyline was different from most and although there were a few things that could have been done differently, it was a good and satisfying read! I think that considering this is only her second book, that readers should give this one a chance and not critic it so harshly.
The story starts with Drake Weston finding out that his father has not made him his heir to his wealth all that Drake had prepared for. He plots a scheme to get it back and unwittingly murders someone who gets in the way. He runs away to the colonies hoping that no one will find him. There he meets Quaker woman Serena, falls in love with her, and after a series of events ends up having to marry her. Serena is no longer allowed to be a Quaker and starts her life with Drake in a harsh land. After finding out that Drake has been pardoned from the murder he committed he takes Serena home to England and continues with his deceptive plan. Will he be found out and be able to keep Serena or will he die trying?
A few things I didn't like about this book, was that when Serena first saw Drake she was so taken with him. She had never met him before and he must have looked so sickly. It just doesn't make sense. It would have been better for her to take him home to care for him and then after getting to know him while he was healing falling in love with him.
I also didn't like the part in the middle, when Drake and Serena went to live with Christopher and to try farming. That whole part just didn't fit in with the rest of the book. It didn't make it flow and seemed totally random.
I was very disappointed in Drake for still going through with is plan. It didn't make any sense to me, because if he really loved his wife about all else you wouldn't have done that. To me he loved his riches and wealth more than anything and that just shows that he could not have loved Sernea as much as he thought or he would not have wanted to hurt her like that.
I did like that Serena was a Quaker and that she came to realize that just because you do not talk with "thees" and "thous" and dress in drab clothing, did not mean that you did not love God and were not saved. On the otherhand she should not have married him because he was not a Christian at that time.
I liked that the author added Georgie Whitefield to the story and I wish she would have expounded more on that than on the "farming" part.
I liked the setting of the story and the characters and I think it would be cool to see another book about Sererna's siblings!
Absurd, Illogical and Contrived Nov 6, 2008
The whole book I continued saying to myself, "I can't believe this is happening. This is ridiculous. Who would ever do this?" The story line in this book was so absurd and ridiculous that the only reason I finished the book was to find out if the author managed to throw in anymore twists that made absolutely no sense. The two main characters aren't believable. They act in ways that are illogical and so contrived to fit the author's plot line that nothing seemed natural. Both characters are introduced and then proceed to act in ways that completely contradict their original personalities, with very thin/weak plot vehicles as reasoning. But even their original personalities are ludicrous, particularly Drake's. Bottom line is that I can't believe that I wasted my time on this piece of garbage.
Sophomore Release Shines! Oct 27, 2008
What will it take to tame a dragon? And what will become of a Quaker turned Duchess when she learns of her husband's deceit? This dragon knew no other way. He feels his only way out is deception. But some time in the king's tower might prove the sort of motivation he needs to reconsider, that and his newly embraced understanding of God and His ways. But can his wife hang on, knowing her future and that of their baby is at stake?
Jamie's sophomore offering is just as intriguing and engaging as "Snow Angel." Again, readers will notice this is not an inside-the-box sort of inspirational fiction. She took risks, especially where passion is concerned. Yet, boundaries are kept, making this novel a true work of Christian fiction. Yes, she pushes the envelope again, but not without the witness of God's work in the lives of some very real characters. Though they face realistic situations of temptation and fear, mistakes and their consequences, they also grow to understand where God is in all the turmoil. The genuineness of Jamie's faith is always apparent in her fiction.
I highly recommend Jamie's novels and look forward to "Wind Dancer," her winter release.