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ABOUT THE AUTHOR :
Barbara Kyle see all about her on her very interesting and thorough website! Here's a summary of her exploits in writing!
The fourth book in the “Thornleigh” series is The Queen's Gamble. Isabel, the Thornleighs’ daughter, returns to London from the New World with her Spanish husband Carlos Valverde and their young son, and is swept up in the first international crisis of the young Queen’s Elizabeth reign: the French, who control Scotland, have landed troops along England’s border, threatening an invasion. The Queen recruits Isabel to take money secretly to aid the Scottish rebel faction trying to drive out the French. But when Carlos is sent to Scotland as a Spanish military adviser to the French troops, he and Isabel find they are on opposite sides in this deadly war – and the Queen has made their little boy her hostage.
My newest "Thornleigh" novel is Blood Between Queens, which features two of history's most famous queens, Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, cousins locked in a deadly rivalry for the English crown. The story introduces a new Thornleigh family member, Justine, who begins as a loyal spy for one queen only to fall under the spell of the other.
I love writing about the Tudor/Elizabethan period, whose "on the make" characters and life-and-death intrigues – to say nothing of the era's religious paranoia – speak deeply to our own time. I hope you'll agree, and will enjoy being caught up in the passions and setbacks, adventures and strivings of the Thornleigh family – Honor, Richard, Isabel, Adam, and Justine – as they befriend, and sometimes betray, their willful kings and queens.
And, for something rather different, I hope you'll enjoy my contemporary novel of suspense, Entrapped. The stakes are high: life and death, love, and oil. Set in Alberta, Canada, Entrapped is the story of Liv Gardner, an ambitious young oil executive intent on stopping farmer Tom Wainwright who is sabotaging her rigs after a spill of lethal “sour” gas poisoned his wife. Desperate to save the company she built, Liv plants evidence to frame Tom. But when the evidence is used to indict him for a murder, only Liv can save him."
THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :
I'm frightfully remiss in not having read all of the Thornleigh series. After reading "Blood Between Queens," I can't wait to sink my teeth into the other books I've missed. This was one of the best written historical novels I've yet to read. Ms Kyle is a storyteller of first rate!
Not only are her characters believable and alive, but they are completely engaging. I was swept up immediately in the love affair of her main protagonist in this novel, Justine, who is a young, would-be orphan taken in by a kindly nobleman and his wife. The story is centered around Justine and her interactions with Mary Queen of Scots, her love interest and others. A wonderful storyline told with aplomb!
Barbara Kyle knows her history! And, at the same time, there's never a dry moment in her telling of it. Every word is couched in a beautifully rendered story of the characters you well know in Tudor England and Scottish history. Mary Queen of Scots (a favorite of mine) is sympathetic in many ways, which I appreciated. I loved the way Ms Kyle did not deny her her beauty and misunderstood background.
This is a novel of great storytelling and historical detail at the same time. It's a book that was difficult from which to tear myself away. I found myself smiling and applauding Barbara Kyle's presentation of her many characters. A warm and heart-wrenching story, it's one you'll never be sorry you chose to read. I, for one, cannot wait to hear more about Justine and Will, and all her Tudor era people.
5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame