He s so much than that The best way to describe Fernella is to say she s the kind of person you want on your sideWhat can I say about Adam He s a man fighting for ueen and country and he s a family man I wept for him many times during his uest to regain his childrenThere isn t a character that you don t feel some emotion for that s how well developed they are Barbara Kaye is a fantastic storyteller She takes you into the time period and sweeps you away The ending is perfect and while not exactly what fans of happily ever after might approve of it does suit the story and makes everything feel realHighly recommended reading If you know me you know that one of my key frustrations regarding women in history is not only the abusive chauvinistic treatment of them but the insanely submissive way that This is a fantastic historical novel set in 16th century Europe Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for giving me an advanced copy The greatest strength of this book is the fact that it is a wonderful piece of intricate storytelling The book depicts the politically charged atmosphere of Europe as powerful monarchs vie for power on land and on sea In Spain King Phillip II is the most powerful military force in Europe and he has managed to oust William of Orange from the Netherlands He installs the Duke of Alba a horrible and brutal tyrant to keep order there ueen Elizabeth of England does not have the navy or the man power to directly challenge King Phillip but she does help Dutch rebels whenever she can She supports Lord Adam Thornleigh who with a British ship and a British crew roam the English Channel and the North Sea capturing Spanish ships The other impressive aspect of this book is the cast of characters that the author weaves together Thornleigh meets and falls in love with Fenella Doorn who is a great sailor and master of ships in her own right One of the most fascinating characters is Carlos Valverde He is has an English wife and lives in England he is of Spanish descent and is a mercenary soldier working for the Duke of Alba in the Netherlands His character symbolizes the opposition among all of these European countries and their monarchies It is interesting to see at every twist and turn in the novel with which country and persons he will side The amount of historical research that went into this novel is remarkable I also liked the fact that although the novel is 6 in the Thornleigh series it stands on its own and one does not have to read the others first This is my first novel by Barbara Kyle and I will definitely go back and read some of the other books in the series The ueen s Exiles is the sixth book in my Thornleigh Saga I wouldn t presume to review my own novel though I m grateful for readers who do but I have taken the liberty of giving it 5 stars for the sake of its brave and courageous heroine Fenella Doorn whose difficult decisions about love and loyalty in treacherous Tudor times are at the heart of this story I hope you ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Join him in war torn Brussels to help find his traitorous wife Frances and the children she’s taken from him But Fenella’s own bold actions have put a price on her head Now Adam and Fenella’s lives are in peril as they race across Europe in an attempt to rescue his young ones defend the crown and restore the peace that few can rememb.
Do not start reading The ueen s Exiles before bedtime if you want your 8 hours of sleep The storytelling makes the book impossible to put down with a strong plot and interesting history At the same time the reader never feels short changed on character development or emotional conflict This is Barbara Kyle s best Thornleigh novel yet 35 stars The ueen s Exiles is the sixth book in Kyle s Thornleigh series The books take place during Elizabethan times Each book can be read as a standalone story The ueen s Exiles has a really fascinating setting and takes place in Spanish occupied Netherlands I actually did not realize how thoroughly entrenched Spain was in that area and those details made this book really interesting to me The book centers on Fenella Doorn Born in Scotland originally she has made a good life for herself salvaging ships on Sark one of the Channel Islands I really enjoyed reading about her Kyle does note that Fenella is a wholly fictional character but you really do get a good sense of how people were living as exiles during that time period We get to see ust how chaotic things were during that time period I ve said it before and I will say it again but one of the things that I most love about historical fiction is how you can learn something new from it This book was very much in that vein for me I really did not know much of anything about what was happening in the Netherlands during this time period Kyle included a lot of good detail I wish that we would have gotten to see a lot of the action first hand as it was usually told through recounts and remembrances Overall I enjoyed this story The detail makes it a treat for my fellow historical fiction fans Giveaway Let Them Read Books 35 Stars The author includes a very helpful historical note at the beginning of this novel that orients the reader in time and place and sets the scene for a dramatic story unfolding against a backdrop that I don t think I ve ever encountered before in historical fiction that of wealthy English Catholic exiles living in the Spanish occupied Netherlands We usually get this time period from the other side of the Channel in Elizabeth s court as she attempts to keep Protestantism on top and f This was the first novel I have read by Kyle but it certainly WILL NOT be my last I loved this I was a little nervous going into it because I knew it was part of a series but it read very well as a stand alone novel Action adventure and the perfect amount of romance Now I have to read the others in this series I HIGHLY recommend Sometimes I pick up a book and wonder how on earth I haven t read anything by the author before How did I manage to miss books by someone who writes exactly what I want to read How is that physically possibleWell that is precisely what I m asking myself after having read this one provided by the publisher through netgalley I love history love romance love historical fiction but also love detail accuracy and good writing as well as a plot which moves And after having picked this one up. 1572 Europe is in turmoil In the Netherlands the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is plotting to overthrow ueen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary ueen of Scots on the throne But amid the unrest one resourceful young woman has made a lu.
Set in mid 16th century NetherlandsBelgium funnily enough and entirely coincidentally as I was actually in the Netherlands I now learn that there is an entire series of Tudor historical fiction written by Barbara Kyle and I want to get my grubby little paws on every oneThis is a great story set in a much ignored period of real political and social upheaval ueen Elizabeth s hold on power in England was stronger than tentative but couldn t be described as secure and with limited funds her international power was limited Spain meanwhile had an enormous empire and great wealth but was entering the start of its decline And the Dutch entrepreneurial hard working and with an independent streak a mile wide pushed beyond the brink by the cruelty of their oppressor began their long struggle to independence What a fabulous setting for some action romance and a great great storyI read this one non stop cover to cover on a trans Atlantic flight from Amsterdam to the US and absolutely loved every minute of it In fact the only criticism I could come up with was that hummingbirds are not native to Europe only to the Americas although there are moths which are sometimes mistaken for them5 stars It was amazing Canadian historical fiction author Barbara Kyle s experience really shines through in the sixth of her Thornleigh Saga series The ueen s Exiles Set in the Spanish occupied Netherlands we follow the adventures of our hero and heroine as they attempt an audaciously daring rescue of Lord Thornleigh s children We are drawn into a meticulously researched world of Dutch underground fighters known as the Brethren who fight on against seemingly impossible oddsBarbara has a talent for cliffhanger chapter endings that keep you reading In turns exciting poignant horrific and romantic I particularly liked the way the true life and mysterious Sea Beggars seafaring rebels and buccaneers are woven into the fictional narrative I knew little of the Dutch revolt against Spanish rule but it makes a great backdrop for a good old fashioned adventure story This is a book that can leave you with only one word on your lips and that word is wow This novel is set in the 1570s about 14 years into ueen Elizabeth s reign It is a time of turmoil throughout EuropeAt first I thought that this book was going to be about Elizabeth I but it didn t take long to realize that it was so much than that and it definitely isn t a full on historical romance Its really an adventure story that happens to have some romance in itBarbara Kyle s writing style is perfect She allows you to get into each character s head be it Fernella Adam Carlos Isabella or even Frances You know what s going one with each of them and you feel their frustrationsThe story is full of ups and downs It really is an emotional roller coaster from start to finish as the Fernella makes some discoveries about people in her life and as she gets and involved with Adam and his storyFernella is not your average heroine To say she is strong and loyal would be doing her a disservice Crative enterprise Scottish born Fenella Doorn rules like a ueen over a privateer's haven on the Isle of Sark Her success at salvaging crippled vessels affords her gold and security and it is on one of these ships that she meets wealthy Baron and privateer Adam Thornleigh Secretly drawn to him Fenella can’t refuse when Adam enlists her to.
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