Monday, October 6, 2014

The Queen's Exiles by Barbara Kyle


Back Cover Blurb

1572. Europe is in turmoil. A vengeful faction of exiled English Catholics is scattered about the continent, plotting to overthrow Queen Elizabeth and install her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne. And in the Netherlands, the streets are red with the blood of those who dare to oppose the brutal Spanish occupation. But amid the unrest, one resourceful young woman has made a lucrative enterprise. . .

Scottish-born Fenella Doorn salvages crippled vessels. It is on one of these ships that she meets wealthy Baron Adam Thornleigh. Secretly drawn to him, Fenella can't refuse when Adam enlists her to join him in war-torn Brussels to help find his traitorous wife, Frances--and the children she's taken from him. But Adam and Fenella will put their lives in peril as they attempt to rescue his young ones, defend the crown, and restore the peace that few can remember.

With eloquent and enthralling finesse, Barbara Kyle illuminates one of history's grimmest chapters. The Queen's Exiles breathes new life into an extraordinary age where love and freedom could only be won with unmitigated courage.

The Review

The Queen’s Exiles is an exciting new novel in the Thornleigh saga written by Barbara Kyle. The setting is in the later years of the 16th century. At the heart of the story is a fiercely independent widow named Fenella Doorn who runs her own ship-refitting business on the island of Sark. Eleven years prior, she helped save a man named Adam Thornleigh. The memory of this man never left her. The story begins when he re-enters her life and they embark on a quest to rescue his children from his Catholic wife who attempted to kill the Protestant Queen of England.

There are numerous subplots within the story that offer plenty of twists and turns to keep readers turning the pages. That’s what I love most about Barbara Kyle’s novels! Action, emotion, 3D characters, and fascinating story lines make this series of books one to definitely read! She skillfully weaves historical fact into brilliant fictional tales with intensity. Although this is a series of books, they do not necessarily need to be read in the order in which they were written. Each story stands alone. I eagerly await the next book in this fascinating saga.