by Barbara Kyle

March 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7582-2545-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Kensington Publishing
Trade Paperback

England is in a state of unrest. Mary Tudor, the first daughter of King Henry VIII has taken the throne and she means to reverse the religious laws of her father. Many people of England support her, but then there are many who wish to see her removed from the throne. Tension escalates when Queen Mary, Bloody Mary, determines to wed her cousin Philip, the heir to the Spanish throne. Very few wish to have the Spanish control their country. Rumors of rebellion are being whispered among the citizens. One of whom is Isabel Thornleigh.

The man Isabel Thornleigh wishes to marry has a secret. He is involved in planning a rebellion against the Queen of England. Isabel knows this, wholeheartedly supports it, and is planning to immerse herself in the movement. She agrees to become a messenger for Sir Thomas Wyatt, the leader of the revolt. When an unexpected tragedy occurs Isabel is diverted from her assignment. Her mother is seriously wounded and her father is put in prison. Isabel must rescue her father before he is sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit.

A loophole in the law permitted Carlos Valverde to lose his precious land and the loss drives him to murder. As a result, Carlos is in prison when they bring Isabel’s father. He has little care who is in prison with him until he receives a mysterious visitor with an even more mysterious request. If he will kill Richard Thornleigh, Carlos will be given a pardon and released. It is all the incentive he needs. But when things go wrong Carlos finds it was just a ruse to get rid of Thornleigh and release was never going to happen. Carlos seizes his own opportunity when Thornleigh’s daughter arrives intent on freeing her father.

In a short amount of time, Isabel’s world is torn apart. The man she was to marry has fled the country after Wyatt’s rebellion begins its downward spiral, her family may never be together again, and she is suddenly paired with a stranger in the battle of a lifetime. Though her father warns Isabel not to trust Carlos, she is unable to stop herself from falling in love with him. In a time of uncertainty and chaos, she clings to love to help her endure the pain of battle.

There is so much in The King’s Daughter that a short review cannot do it justice. Reader, be prepared to be run through the gamut with this story. You may feel anguish knowing Isabel is headed toward a dead end concerning the infamous Wyatt Rebellion, or initially be unconvinced Carlos is the right man for Isabel. But it is Isabel’s personal turmoil which the reader may find difficult to read. The sacrifices she makes for love is heart-wrenching. You will no doubt be cheering Isabel for her strength.

The King’s Daughter is not a romance novel. It is historical fiction at its best.

Reviewed in May 2009 by Rho.

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