By The Sword ~ My review


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3 stars

Historical fiction and romance come together in this tale

Synopsis: When Kate Ashley finds herself unwittingly the inheritor of the Thornton family estate of Seven Ways in Worcestershire, she could not have foreseen that, along with the impoverished estate, the respectable widow of a parliamentary officer, would find herself drawn into the last conflict of the English Civil War by her love for the fugitive royalist Jonathan Thornton.

Jonathan has returned from exile, carrying with him the vain hopes of the young King Charles II and the demons of his own dark past. In the aftermath of the battle of Worcester, Kate is caught between Jonathan and the man who has hunted him down over the years, the dour parliamentarian, Stephen Prescott. Jonathan comes face to face with his nemesis and learns the price he has paid for his long dead love, a secret that will change his life, and Kate’s, forever.

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The King’s Man by Alison Stuart


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ReviewStars-4

Historical fiction tinged with romance, espionage and intrigue.

Synopsis: Kit Lovell is one of the King’s men, a disillusioned Royalist who passes his time between cheating at cards, living off his wealthy and attractive mistress and by plotting the death of Oliver Cromwell.

Fleeing a sadistic and ambitious suitor, Thamsine Granville is alone, penniless and friendless in London. She has her own reasons for wanting Cromwell dead and when she hurls a piece of brick at his coach, she finds herself unexpectedly in the arms of Kit Lovell.

Far from the world weary, benevolent rescuer that he seems, Kit plunges Thamsine into his world of espionage and betrayal. The world Kit has carefully built up begins to unravel as the plotting takes a serious turn and his own life is now on the line. Nor had he planned on falling in love with Thamsine Granville and when Thamsine falls into the hands of her vicious suitor, Ambrose Morton, Kit is torn by his loyalty to his master and his love for Thamsine.

In rescuing Thamsine, Kit makes one last gamble and loses. The price he has to pay is the hangman’s rope…

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Review of Gather the Bones by Alison Stuart


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ReviewStars-4

Synopsis:

War leaves no one untouched…

The horrors of the Great War are not the only ghosts that haunt Helen Morrow and her late husband’s reclusive cousin, Paul. Unquiet spirits from another time and another conflict touch them.
A coded diary gives them clues to the mysterious disappearance of Paul’s great-grandmother in 1812, and the desperate voice of a young woman reaches out to them from the pages. Together Helen and Paul must search for answers, not only for the old mystery, but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.
As the mysteries entwine, their relationship is bound by the search for truth, in the present and the past.

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