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The Queen's Gamble

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

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    Must Read for Historical Fiction Fans

    Every now and then a book comes along that enthralls a reader. It grabs you from the very first page and never let's goes until the final page. The Queen's Gamble does just that. The reader is pulled in many directions, never knowing exactly what the plan is and whose side a person is on. The characters pulsate off the pages with believability and the historical portrayal of the time period after Bloody Mary's rule is detailed quite vividly. By the end you are fully invested and want more. The blend of fictional characters with real historical events is seamless.

    Isabel Valverde returns home after a distressing letter from her brother Adam telling her that her mother has been convicted of murder. Upon arriving though, she finds a different situation. Her mom is safe and has become a close confidant of Queen Elizabeth. Now the country is in complete religious and political turmoil with the threat of Mary, Queen of Scots. Isabel and her husband, Carlos, are surprised at these turn of events. Upon landing they meet Frances, Adam's wife, and also a Grenville. Grenville's have been enemies of her family, the Thornleigh's, for ages. Isabel does feel a kinship with her new sister-in-law. Right away Isabel and Carlos are pulled into the chaos that is happening in England. Carlos is requested to be an envoy for Spain and Isabel is blackmailed into becoming a messenger for Elizabeth. Their loyalties and relationship is put to the test as they are put on opposite sides, or so it seems.

    This being the fourth installment of the Thornleigh series I don't know all the background on what has happened to this family but Barbara gives us a nice overview of the events that has lead this family into this situation. Carlos and Isabel's relationship seems to be rock steady until it appears they are at opposite sides of the war. They are in a way like England. They are being torn apart by lies and treason. Carlos I liked in the beginning loathed him by the middle and then I sort of forgave him by the end. Isabel's character is feisty and intelligent but at times she makes mistakes that cost people their lives. Frances you can clearly see is absolutely in love with Adam. Adam is very aloof about the whole marriage and I don't know the back story on why they were married. We do see Adam soften towards the end of the book and there is hope for their future.

    An absolute MUST READ for historical fiction fans. You will not be disappointed and will crave to read more.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Good Reading

    This book started out very slow to me, it took about 100 pages for me really to "get into it." However once it took of it was a thriller with drama, lust, fights etc. I was really pulling for the characters even though they were doing things so "out of character" for what appeared to be their personalities. I enjoyed the book, found the ending to be a bit unbelievable for the times and found the best part of the book to be the "meat" the middle 250 pages. I read this as a stand alone book, however there are two books before it.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

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    Absolutely Breathtaking History!

    My regret with this blog tour and novel? I didn't read books 1-3. My praise for this novel? EVERYTHING! WOW! Barbara Kyle is highly talented and INSTANTLY transported me to the Tudor Era from page one and kept me there, among the Kings, Queens, and the newly evolving England. Absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED the pages of this novel.

    This is a different style of Tudor Era. Not so much in it has really changed, but the way England is evolving, with honoring more than the Catholics, and a new Queen, it's definitely a new outlook on life, during this amazing time period.

    Queen Elizabeth I. A wonderfully created character that fit her role perfectly. She is tested greatly when the French troops threaten to invade England. Taking a hostage, well, that was a twist I never expected from the newly reigning Queen. I just don't think of a Queen doing those things, but it truly added an engaging and intriguing twist to the story.

    What's more, and perhaps, my favorite part of the story, is Isabel and her husband Carlos. Circumstances become severe for them when he's forced to join troops. OPPOSITE his wife. A true test of love and loyalty, if ever there was one.

    I want to go into so much more detail. There are so many things I want to say about this beautifully written, awe inspiring, richly detailed novel, but I fear I will giveaway too much. I want you all to grab a copy of this FANTABULOUS, beyond 5 Book worthy novel, and open the pages. See for yourself that transformation that takes place as you loose yourself among the pages of this AWESOMETASTIC novel.

    Myself? Well, I'll be opening the pages of the first three Thornleigh novels to catch up with the story. While I wasn't overly confused by this novel and it's easily read as a stand alone, I would love to go back and see what this amazing author created before this.

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