Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Queen's Gamble

The Queen's Gamble

By: Barbara Kyle

Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3

Summary: Young Queen 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 quell a rebel Protestant army, and Elizabeth fears once they are entrenched on the border, they will invade England.
Isabel Thornleigh has returned to London from the New World with her Spanish husband, Carlos Valverde, and their young son. Ever the queen's loyal servant, Isabel is recruited to smuggle money to the Scottish rebels. Yet Elizabeth's trust only goes so far—Isabel's son will be the queen's pampered hostage until she completes her mission. Matters grow worse when Isabel's husband is engaged as military advisor to the French, putting the couple on opposite sides in a deadly cold war.

Review: In the latest installment of the Thornleigh series Isabel Thornleigh has returned, now married to Carlos, and with a son, she is thrown into more dangerous situations as a spy for Queen Elizabeth, but this time her son is the price if she does not follow through with what she has promised the  English Queen.  In this book Isabel seems to have matured quite a bit, and she goes through quite a lot of soul searching in the book about her marriage, the book goes back and forth between her and Carlos, some parts about the war I did not find as interesting but overall the book holds up to the standard of the series and was a very good read. It had a different take on Queen Elizabeth which I thought was interesting and might interest other historical fiction readers as well.

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