Upon the death of her father, Henry VIII, Queen Mary assumes the throne after a long exile. Her first order of business is to wed the devout Prince Philip of Spain, creating a powerful alliance that will transform Mary's fanatical dream of ridding England of Protestantism into terrifying reality.
And so begins the reign of Bloody Mary. . .Even as she plans for her own nuptials, Isabel Thornleigh is helping to lay the groundwork to overthrow Mary and bring Elizabeth to power. But none of the secrets Isabel has discovered compares to the truths hidden in her own family. With her beloved father imprisoned by Queen Mary, only Carlos Valverde - a Spanish soldier of fortune - can help Isabel. Now with England's future at stake, Isabel risks all to change the course of history...
©2009 Barbara Kyle (P)2014 Audible Inc.
I am a huge fan of all things historical fiction to do with the Tudor Era. It fascinates me. I picked up The King’s Daughter on my way to Mexico off the new release wall at my local bookstore. I was looking for an interesting read and was so thrilled with my choice. I read this book first – although it is not the first in the series. Each book stands alone as a great read – but are even better enjoyed in order.
Isabel Thornleigh is by far my favourite character - and has continued to be so throughout the series. She is a strong young woman who goes after what she believes in.
Barbara Kyle does a fantastic job at transporting the reader to the 16th century. In this particular novel, we follow a fictional young lady named Isabel Thornleigh and her family through her journey during Mary Tudor’s reign. The novel focuses on the Protestant and Catholic religious battle. Isabel and her father Richard are of the Protestant belief which finds them in many difficult situations during Queen Mary’s Catholic period of influence. I don’t want to give the story away by saying what hardships they face – but the journey is incredible for the reader.
YES! Sadly - I don't have that much free time on my hands. Many late nights were spent reading this one!
This book is a fantastic read – as are Barbara Kyle’s other novels following the Thornleigh family. I can never put them down. You will not be disappointed.
12 n \\\\ Born and grew up in Scotland. No species of book I do not love. Favorite genre History, thrillers, biography, memoirs etc
I am a history buff. The author obviously needs to go back and study the subject.
It is insulting to present this as a book with ANY research on the subject behind it.
Beginning 20 years after The Queen's Lady this is the 2nd book in the Thornleigh Series.It got off to a slow start but a couple chapters in the pace picked up and I was hooked.Henry VIII's daughter Mary has begun her reign. Never having heard anything about Bloody Mary I was interested in her reign and the effect it had on the country. The news of her betrothal to Prince Philip of Spain is received with mixed emotion by the people of England. Resulting in the planning of the Wyatt rebellion.Though the characters of the Thornleigh's and Carlos Valverde (visualize Antonio Banderas here) are fictional they are put in an authentic time period surrounded by actual historical events.Isabel, the daughter of Honor and Richard Thornleigh, is transformed throughout this book. As a 20 year old I found her rather naive and immature, she was forced to grow-up at a fast pace. She had no choice given the climate of the country, so many changes happening quickly.
Read by the author herself, she again did a wonderful job!
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