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The ueen s Gamble is an engrossing novel that captures its readers from the first page The intensity starts on a high and continues throughout the novel like a rolling wave just enough time to catch your breath before the next shocking moment occursRead the full review on my blog The ueens Gamble by Barbara Kyle is the fourth installment of the Thornleigh family series I have to be honest I read the first but not the second or third but I had no trouble following along with the family dynamics from the second novel The story is the fictional account of Isabel Thornleigh Valverde and her husband Carlos s part in the Scottish uprising with the aid of the French to try to gain the control of the English throne and oust Elizabeth I with Mary Stuart who they felt was the true ueen of England The story is the continuing saga of the Thornleigh family along with notable figures of history ueen Elizabeth I ueen Regent of Scotland Marie de Guise John Knox and Sir William Cecil Barbara Ky This is the fourth book in Ms Kyle s Thornleigh series and after reading it I so want to read the first three Not because I felt like I missed anything The ueen s Gamble can stand alone perfectly well but because it was such an enjoyable book While this book takes place during the reign of ueen Elizabeth the focus is on the fictional family the Thornleighs Isabel Thornleigh is coming home to England with her husband Carlos They live in the New World in Peru where Carlos is making a name for himself as a planter a soldier and as the owner of a silver mine He is a citizen of Spain and loyal to the King Isabel is a child of England and upon her return gets caught up in the religious turmoil going on as young ueen Elizabeth tries to eep her Mud and Stars kingd I am the first to admit to a historicalnowledge deficit alarming or maybe embarrassing considering my father was a history teacher for 30 years But I can t deny my fascination with Barbara Kyle s ability to weave true history with her own brand of fiction complex story lines unexpected twists seething passion and drama galore Add in rich characters with seemingly insurmountable conflict stakes high enough to spear clouds and a smooth engaging writing style you ve got a real can t put it down readI could go on and on about how this book held my attention and gave me a read beyond anything I anticipated but RT Reviews and Publisher s Weekly the REAL reviewing professionals already do it so well action packed adventure that expertly blends fiction with history a pulsating story of valor and greed love and passion and the tremendous cost of loyalty Publishers Weekly blog Not only does Kyle create memorable characters but she infuses her stories with lush historical detail fascinating intrigues and court drama History and romance merge loyalty and passions run high and readers are riveted to the pages of her highly addictive novels RT Reviews 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 p The newest installment of Barbara Kyle s Thornleigh series The ueen s Gamble is a great historical mystery novel set in the early reign of Elizabeth I Readers meet up again with the Thornleigh family but this time it s the Thornleigh s daughter Isabel and their son in law Carlos who are in the spotlight Isabel has been blackmailed by the ueen into aiding the rebels in Scotland who are fighting the French and thus eeping them too busy to invade England and her husband Carlos is called upon by duty to assist his lord the French ing Spouses now find themselves on either side of a war neither of them wants and their small family is now at the mercy of a ueen who will do anything to save her country Beyond the religious strife running rampant through England and the threat of an invading French army there is also inner conflict within the Thornleigh family that makes for some interesting reading This is my second foray into the Thornleigh series and I have found both books to be really enjoyable All four novels can be read as stand alone novels and while I don t feel I missed anything with not reading the first two books I still wish that I had nowledge on the background of the characters The saga of the fictional Thornleigh family in Tudor times continues in this novel One need not read the previous books but one may wish to in order to enjoy the well crafted tightly woven story of an English family s service to England and ueen Elizabeth IIsabel Thornleigh s parents serve Elizabeth in her first year as ueen Isabel is married to Carlos Valverde a former Spanis. Young ueen Elizabeth I's path to the throne has been a perilous one and already she faces a dangerous crisis French troops have landed in Scotland to uell a rebel Protestant army and Elizabeth fears once they are entrenched on the border they will invade EnglandIsabel Thornleigh has returned to London fro.
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EBOOK or KINDLE The ueens Gamble Thornleigh #4
Ngland s interests in a rebellion that is drawing in France and Spain Meanwhile after five years abroad Isabel Thornleigh and her Spanish husband Carlos Valverde have built a prosperous life in the New World Concerned for Isabel s parents they sail back to London and almost immediately get pulled into schemes that threaten their prosperity the Thornleigh s lives and the life of their little son Nico Isabel and Carlos allegiances are split along complex and multiple rifts Isabel s brother Adam and her parents Honor and Richard are Protestants loyal to Elizabeth Carlos is a Spanish subject and for now Spain is nominally on England s side Adam s wife Frances however is Catholic and further an unwelcome addition to the Thornleigh clan because she is from the Grenville family To say there is bad blood between the families would be an understatement To top it off during her years in Peru a Spanish colony Isabel has become a Catholic for the sake of social convention than any true religious feeling Isabel has not been ept abreast of all the Thornleigh s intrigues and she feels hurt that her parents and brother evade her uestions thinking they don t trust her now that she is a Catholic This changes when her mother a confidante to ueen Elizabeth takes her to see the ueen Elizabeth entrusts Isabel with a mission to the Scottish rebels then to guarantee Isabel s cooperation the ueen takes little Nico as a hostage At the same time Carlos who needs a good word in the right ears at the Spanish court to ensure a privileged position of wealth in Peru agrees to go to Scotland as a neutral Spanish observer on the French side His neutral role doesn t last very long I m happy to admit that I gobble up the Thornleigh novels like candy One of the most satisfying traits of a Kyle novel is how her story folds in events that often receive nominal attention in general history texts OK to be perfectly honest events I have skipped over because they sounded boring in textbooks She always proves me wrong by adding a human dimension that explains why I should have been interested Then as if there isn t already plenty of intrigue in Tudor England Kyle delivers plots and subplots that Ma mre m'a tu - Survivre au gnocide des Tutsis au Rwanda keep the pages turning practically by themselves Her theater background is evident in the way her chapter endings leave you hanging Just as a situation seems to improve the tension escalates Her characters are driven further and further apart time and again their desires thwarted by outside influences and human frailty Younow that Isabel and Carlos will come together by the end of the novel but it s impossible to imagine how Yet Kyle pulls it off What I Learned About Writing from Reading This Book If there is one thing that stands out for me in Kyle s novels it s how she manages to make her characters change of heart as interesting as the action As writers we learn about the importance of a character s inner journey by the end of the novel a character must have changed or grown in some way Kyle sets the bar very high in this respect In The ueen s Lady the first Thornleigh novel she had my jaw on the floor at how she achieved a 180 degree change of heart in her main character Honor Larke In The ueen s Gamble I made a conscious effort to study how Kyle achieves this about turn without overstretching our credulity Carlos Valverde a bastard and professional soldier of fortune finally manages to build a stable life in Peru Respectability and wealth mean than anything else to him when he thinks of the advantages his son will have and this bright future depends on total obedience to the Spanish monarch Throughout the novel Kyle pulls him in different directions and exposes him to conflicting points of view When he rejects his wife Isabel for helping England instead of Spain and in doing so working against him it seems inconceivable that he will be able to change his position But he does change and there are two reasons why it works First even though they are at odds when events come to a head Carlos still loves Isabel For her sake he helps her family Second when he does this it s a decision that strips away all hope of ever finding favour again with Spain Freed of obligation to a country that will never truly accept him because of his lowly birth Carlos finally can process everything that Isabel and others have been telling him in previous chapters He realizes where his true allegiances belong From now on when I plot a character s inner journey I ll be careful to avoid a sudden single pivot Instead I ll sprinkle the seeds of change throughout the novel and nudge the character alongBarbara was gracious enough to let me interview her read here. When Isabel's husband is engaged as military advisor to the French putting the couple on opposite sides in a deadly cold war Set against a lush vibrant backdrop peopled with unforgettable characters and historical figures The ueen's Gamble is a story of courage greed passion and the high price of loyalty.
H mercenary turned Peruvian grandee He wants nothing than to have a position confirmed in Peru so that he Isabel and their young son can live a good life in the New World They have travelled back to England after years to see Isabel s parents Once there Isabel and Carlos learn of the problems with rebellion in northern England as Mary de Guise ueen Regent in Scotland and mother of Mary who will be ueen of Scots seeks to overthrow the Protestant Elizabeth Carlos is ordered to travel to Scotland to serve de Guise and her allied forces Isabel meanwhile must undertake a mission for Elizabeth The conflicts personal and political get upped and upped and even the heroes find themselves forced to commit to things and to do things that are less than admirableThe characters are well written the political religious and personal conflicts weave in and out of the story with empathetic understanding given to all sides One can cheer eually for Elizabeth and the Protestants as well as for the Catholics who struggle to hold on to their fervent devotionThis is possible because the story centers on Isabel and Carlos and their own struggles to make the best political and personal choicesRead this and then wait for the next one While waiting read the earlier books and see the story from the beginning This fourth book in the Thornleigh series was as good as the others I really enjoyed it without a doubt I think what I really loved about this book is no character is perfect And this is mostly true for ueen Elizabeth She s mean and holds Isabel s child and she s a bit mean and what not I like ti because I ve found that in some HF books the monarch is made to always be the good guy Instead here Elizabeth is real Like she would have been I m excited for the next Unfortunately the whole thing between Mary and Elizabeth will be featured While I find this period interesting I ve read one too many books about this part of Elizabeth s reign Still I m excited no doubt about it After reading this book I m interested in Mary de Guise I Mes recettes au baby-robot know a lot about her daughter and almost nothing about her i think she would be very interesting to read about Anyonenow any great Historical Fiction books on her Or is there a lovely HF author out there who would write one for me Haha D In this book Elizabeth is now ueen after her half sister Mary s fall from reign Elizabeth has a lot of prove Most of the people are just waiting for Elizabeth s fall as well This is probably why France has decided now is the best time for the country to make a move and try to over take England Isabel her husband Carlos and their son Nicholas have arrived from Peru to England Things have changed uickly as Isabel soon discovers after coming back home Isabel was sheltered from the dealings of an upcoming war living in Peru Since arriving in England Isabel becomes friends with ueen Elizabeth In addition to getting close with ueen Elizabeth Isabel shares her view on the war and that France must be stopped This causes a huge rift between Isabel and her husband Carlos when he is dispatched to help the French The ueen s Gamble is the fourth book in the Thornleigh series This series feature round the Tudor era This book can be read as a stand alone novel While I have read many favorable reviews about this book I can not fully jump on the band wagon as everyone else On one hand I rally wanted to like this book than I did ad I enjoy reading this era and can not wait to get my hands on a book that focus on this time period bit for some reason I could not fully embrace this book It took me a little while to really get into the story Not for a lack of the story line or the characters as I did like Isabel and Carlos They made a good couple and I liked Isabel s fierceness It seemed that the author stuck close to historical facts with this book I did appreciate this Fans of the Tudor era should check this book and series out as it is worth your time Fast paced and filled with details that readers of historical novels crave The ueen s Gamble by Barbara Kyle is fourth in the Thornleigh series and set in the first year of Elizabeth I s reign when even her supporters doubt the young ueen will survive to rule a second year In The ueen s Gamble Scotland is the focus of political contention The teenage Mary ueen of Scots is living in France married to Francois II Scotland is ruled by a regent Mary of Guise who is French Tthe Scots lords fear their country will become no than a province of France and support the rebel Protestant preacher John Knox in what will become the Scottish Reformation With no standing army and a token navy ueen Elizabeth is poorly euipped to defend M the New World with her Spanish husband Carlos Valverde and their young son Ever the ueen's loyal servant Isabel is recruited to smuggle money to the Scottish rebels Yet Elizabeth's trust only goes so farIsabel's son will be the ueen's pampered hostage until she completes her mission Matters grow worse.
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