I’m really excited to kick off Barbara’s Kyle’s book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours today with her newest novel The Queen’s Exiles. Once again Barbara Kyle has written a fantastic novel that sweeps us back in time to the Tudor era and tells us the story of Fenella, a brave, independent, and courageous woman.
The year is 1572 and while Elizabeth is Queen there are many plots underway to overthrow her and put Mary, Queen of Scots on the throne instead. In the midst of battles on land and sea there is Fenella Doorn who, after the death of her husband, has managed to successfully run her own business repairing ships that have been damaged at sea. It is one of these ships that once again brings Baron Adam Thornleigh, one of the Queen’s men, into her life. They had met once before and Fenella has never been able to forget this man. With it being unsafe for Fenella to stay in Sark she embarks on a journey to Brussels with Adam where the war is ravaging everything. Adam’s mission is to find his traitor of a wife who was in on a plan to overthrow Elizabeth and get his children back and Fenella is going to help him. Nobody can predict the danger that these two will encounter together and apart or the agonies they will suffer. Will they find their way back to each other or will they find obstacles at every turn or even more foreboding – will they even survive?
I so enjoyed all the intricacies and plots of this novel that so seamlessly all came together. Fenella is a wonderful character who is so strong at a time when women were expected to sew and run a household. Instead Fenella was right there ready to fight for what she believed in or even more so for those she loved. Adam as well was a character I really enjoyed. His loyalty to his men, Fenella, and his children was admirable. It’s funny that even though I have nothing in common with characters from so long ago I formed an immediate connection with Fenella. Maybe it was her strength or her determination or just that she was a woman unwilling to be solely independent on a man that made her so easy to relate to but I really liked her.
The Queen’s Exiles is part of the Thornleigh series of which I’ve only read one other but I fully intend on reading all of them. The nice thing is that they are all stand alone novels. For me Barbara is one of those authors who is able to weave fact and fiction in such a way that entices the reader and draws them fully into her storytelling.
Most definitely recommended for lovers of historical fiction but even for those who like a fast paced, exciting story with a little romance thrown in for good measure. I really enjoyed it!
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