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The Queen's Exiles

Barbara Kyle

ISBN 9780758273246
Publish Date 5/27/2014
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Historical, Kensington

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

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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 have explored?

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 sacrifice?

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?

About Barbara Kyle:

Barbara Kyle, a classically trained actor, enjoyed a successful career in Canadian television and theater before turning her hand to writing fiction. She and her husband live in Ontario, where she teaches popular writing seminars and workshops.


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