Free ead È PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ï Barbara KyleThe ueen s Exiles is the sixth book in MY THORNLEIGH SAGA I WOULDN T PRESUME TO REVIEW Thornleigh Saga I wouldn t presume to eview own novel though I m grateful for eaders 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 eading it as much as I enjoyed writing it 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 * copy The greatest strength of this book is the fact that it 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 ebels whenever she can She supports Lord Adam Thornleigh who with a British ship and a British crew oam 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 ight 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 among all of these European countries 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 esearch that went into this novel is emarkable 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 ead the others first This is my first novel by Barbara Kyle and I will definitely go back and ead some of the other books in the series If you know me you know that one of my key frustrations egarding women in history is not only the abusive chauvinistic treatment of them but the insanely submissive way that they take or are portrayed to take the lack of ights the cheating the lif. 1572 Europe is in turmoil In the Netherlands the streets are ed 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 esourceful young woman has made a lu. E lived within the constraints dictated by the patriarchs of their family as if it might be excusable maybe even expected The infamous Anne Boleyn and similarly strong willed women seem to fairly willingly do the bidding or turn a blind eye for their male family members and husbands Many of them end up paying a huge price either for the way they carried out their orders or the way in which they subverted them In Barbara Kyle s The ueen s Exiles my exasperations are finally vanuished as we meet the independent confident ahead of her time 16th century feminist of sorts Fenella Doorn I have no idea if this is even plausible in the 1560 s but I love it nonethelessFenella has
"Successfully Built A Profitable Business "built a profitable business herself on an island in the South Of England With The Help Of Her England with the help of her father in law When a long lost acuaintance Lord Adam Thornleigh sails back into her life her world is turned upside down Adam and Fenella embark together on their own individual yet concurrent missions in the Spanish occupied Netherlands only to ealize that the tasks that they have set out for themselves will embroil each of them into a complex series of intertwining events Through it all Fenella exuded strength even when all she had left was her character Her all Fenella exuded strength even when all she had left was her character Her and determination kept the pages turning as I cheered her on throughout the story The ueen s Exiles had me engaged from the very first page and I found the writing style to be very pleasing to my contemporary literary sensibilities By that I mean in part the pace was swift the amount of description wasn t over the top and the dialogue was bold and concise The afterword gives a much appreciated breakdown of the historical facts used to build the story as well as clearly outlines the fictional elements conceived within the author s imagination I deem this feature to be a great bit of added value as I so often find myself wondering after a novel of historical fiction what exactly is fact and what is simply a best guess or perhaps even complete fantasyI believe any historical fiction enthusiast or anyone looking for a good starter for the genre will be immensely entertained by this bygone tale of love and lifeThis is the sixth book in Barbara Kyle s Thornleigh Saga though it is the first I have had the opportunity to enjoy In future I plan to delve into the series beginning with book number one The ueen s Lady I eceived this book through Net Galley for eview purposesYou can find eviews and other bookish. Crative enterprise Scottish born Fenella Doorn ules 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 efuse when Adam enlists her to. .
Stuff at wwwbookmusingscom 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 eign 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 ealize that it was so much Than That And It Definitely Isn T A Full On that and it definitely isn t a full on omance Its eally an adventure story that happens to have some omance 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 eally is an emotional oller 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 She 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 egain 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 ealHighly ecommended eading Canadian historical the story and makes everything feel ealHighly ecommended eading historical author Barbara Kyle s experience eally 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 escue of Lord Thornleigh s children We are drawn into a meticulously esearched 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 eading In turns exciting poignant horrific and omantic I particularly liked the way the true life and mysterious Sea Beggars seafaring ebels and buccaneers are woven into the fictional narrative I knew little of the Dutch evolt against Spanish ule but it makes a great backdrop for a good old fashioned adventure story. 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 ace across Europe in an attempt to escue his young ones defend the crown and estore the peace that few can ememb.