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.
Praise for Blood Between Queens
"Fact and fiction are expertly interwoven in this fast-paced saga. . .this story exudes authenticity." --Historical Novels Reviews
"Gifts the reader with an intimate look into the minds and hearts of the royal and great of Elizabeth's England. Again, Barbara Kyle reigns!" –New York Times bestselling author Karen Harper
"Masterful. . .Gaspworthy treachery and the poignant sweetness of a steadfast love make this a book of quickly and eagerly turned pages." --Sandra Byrd, bestselling author of Roses Have Thorns
1. Fenella’s troubles all spring from her moment of fury when
she rashly shoots the Spanish don who years ago massacred
the people of her village. Did you think she was justified in
killing him? Can murder ever be right?
2. Adam sails to Spanish-occupied Antwerp to hunt down his
wife, Frances, and take back his young son and daughter.
But there’s a price on his head in Antwerp. Did you feel
Adam was right to risk everything, even his life, to get his
children away from Frances? What other options might he
3. Carlos and Isabel argue heatedly about staying in Antwerp.
He says he must remain loyal to the governor to secure a
needed reward for his family. She says they must get out
before Alba’s regime leads to bloodshed that endangers
them and their children. How did you respond to their
fiercely opposing views?
4. Frances is so frightened of Adam coming for her she hires a
gunman to kill him. Were you disgusted by her act, or do
you think she had to do it to save herself and the children?
5. Fenella makes a hard decision to give up future happiness
with Adam in order to stay with her husband and help his
work with the rebels. How did you feel about Fenella’s personal
6. Fenella, held captive by the Duke of Alba, won’t betray
Adam by telling Alba where Adam is, though she knows her
silence may cost her her life. Do you think you could
muster that kind of courage to protect someone you love?
7. Carlos risks everything by rescuing Fenella and Claes from
hanging by the Duke of Alba. Do you think this makes up
for Carlos’s previous allegiance to the brutal duke?
8. Adam casts his lot with the rebel Sea Beggars despite the
edict of his own queen, Elizabeth, expelling them from
England. Was Adam foolish or justified in joining the
rebels’ desperate fight?
9. The Queen’s Exiles explores three marriages in crisis: of Adam
and Frances, Fenella and Claes, and Carlos and Isa bel. All
three couples face life-and-death challenges. Which person
in each marriage do you sympathize with most? Do you
agree with the choices they make?