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Exile's Return (Guardians of the Crown) by [Stuart, Alison]
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The breath-taking conclusion to Alison Stuart’s English Civil War trilogy introduces a heroine with nothing left to lose and a hero with everything to gain…

England, 1659: Following the death of Cromwell, a new king is poised to ascend the throne of England. One by one, those once loyal to the crown begin to return ...

Imprisoned, exiled and tortured, fugitive Daniel Lovell returns to England, determined to kill the man who murdered his father. But his plans for revenge must wait, as the King has one last mission for him.

Agnes Fletcher's lover is dead, and when his two orphaned children are torn from her care by their scheming guardian, she finds herself alone and devastated by the loss. Unwilling to give up, Agnes desperately seeks anyone willing to accompany her on a perilous journey to save the children and return them to her care. She didn't plan on meeting the infamous Daniel Lovell. She didn't plan on falling in love.

Thrown together with separate quests – and competing obligations – Daniel and Agnes make their way from London to the English countryside, danger at every turn. When they are finally given the opportunity to seize everything they ever hoped for, will they find the peace they crave, or will their fledgling love be a final casualty of war?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1136 KB
  • Print Length: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 February 2016)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AL792A0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #214,773 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I reviewed book 1 and book 2 of this excellent trilogy lat last year. And I have to say that book 3 does not disappoint. Another moving and compelling tale of loyalty, loss and love in the dangerous and uncertain times of mid 17th century England.

Ms Stuart once again hauntingly evokes the tension and uncertainty of the times. Again plot and counter plot entwine themselves about the hapless characters. Even more strongly, she conveys the utter helplessness of a woman alone and the even greater helplessness of a woman with two orphaned children in her care. What might be called these days ‘collateral damage’, Agnes Fletcher is just another victim of the fall-out of the political battle between Commonwealth and King that ran over twenty-odd years.

The final book brings together the threads of the previous two, and we find Jonathan and Kate Thornton from book 1 and Kit and Thamsine Lovell from book 2 drawn into the danger and daring of the final audacious act.

In a revealing little interlude between Agnes and Daniel, the author touches the heart of the enduring fascination with the doggedly loyal Royalists. Hope requires a lot more courage than despair in dark times. The laconic awareness with which the protagonists approach the final mad venture, is deeply moving. There is hard-nosed and hard-won realism behind the all-or-nothing attitude that speaks of immense moral and physical courage. I think Ms Stuart has conveyed this beautifully throughout the three books of this trilogy. The Royalists weren’t just romantic fools, they were intelligent and talented men – and often subtle and devious withal – with a great deal to lose, knowing clearly what they were putting on the line for their belief in the rightful claim of their monarch.
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 9 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Alison Stuart delivers again! 28 February 2016
By Ebony McKenna - Published on Amazon.com
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Four and a half stars.
I absolutely adore Alison Stuart's novels and the series of The King's Men has been fabulous. Adventure, romance, peril, history. It has everything.
But you know what? She's so good I have to be tediously nit picky. Otherwise you won't believe me when I say the rest of it is brilliant. And if I say what I think is 'wrong' with this book -even though it's awesome- you'll poke your tongue at me and say 'that's your problem'. So, why haven't I given this five stars? Simple. Not enough sex.
I'm sorry, I have a very dirty mind and we're all adults here. Agnes is hardly a dried up spinster, there's a war on. Lives are short, time's a wasting! Heightened drama means heightened emotions so when Agnes and Daniel get together, I wanted so see more.
Now of course, this is completely my problem. I could read any other books and get more action in the boudoir. And I do. But I keep coming back to Alison Stuart's novels because they are so good in every other aspect. And so I am left to imagine the scenes that rent in it.
And I have a very dirty mind.

If this is the first time you've read one of my reviews, I must apologise for my bluntness. You see, a long time ago there was a rather fusty reviewer who slammed Ms Stuart's books as being filled with gratuitous sex. Pages of it, apparently. Well, my kindle pages must have been stuck together because the rampant rumpy-pumpy wasn't there. But what was there? Dashing heroes, gorgeous wit, drama by the bucketload, incredibly inspiring women and astonishing history. It was sensational.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying End to a Fabulous English Civil War Series 1 May 2016
By Fitzroylou - Published on Amazon.com
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With Exiles Return, Alison Stuart thrusts us back into the intriguing world of the English Civil War and completes her wonderful Guardians of the Crown series.
Daniel Lovell has survived a harrowing exile in the West Indies but made his way to France where the exiled King Charles II entrusts him with a mission to find gold that was entrusted to the recently executed Earl of Elmhurst. Determined to go home to England and extract revenge on his father’s murderer Daniel accepts the mission. To locate the gold, he must enlist the help of Agnes Fletcher, the Earl’s lover and aunt to his two small children. I won’t detail the plot any further as there would be too many spoilers. Suffice to say Daniel and Agnes are well-fleshed out characters with opposing agendas. Agnes, in particular, shines a light on the choices a woman of the period might be forced to make.
I love Stuart’s English Civil War novels. It’s obvious that she is steeped in the history of the period and the detail rings true. Additionally, there’s always an element of adventure that reminds me in a way, of Robert Louis Stevenson: plots, plans, intrigue and romance. It’s a great way to tell a story and make history come alive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this one as much as the others in the ... 12 March 2016
By Robyn Van Matre - Published on Amazon.com
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The last installment of The Guardians of the Crown and it left me wishing there would be more books to come! Loved this one as much as the others in the series and am looking forward to reading more books by Alison Stuart!
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!! 2 March 2016
By Sissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
This is book three in the "Guardians of the Crown" series.
Daniel Lovell is a fugitive that has been Imprisoned, exiled and tortured but after being on a French frigate half dead...he started getting heather and back in shape to be the strong man that he used to be. Once he hits England he wants to see revenge start to happen but is called by the King to do a job for him.
Agnes Fletcher has was taken care of her sisters young kids after the father was killed and her sister died. But they were taken away by a evil person..and now Agnes is trying to get them back.
Agnes and Daniel meet and start to travel together and so starts they journey to love and revenge.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended - read the trilogy 28 February 2016
By An Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I reviewed book 1 and book 2 of this excellent trilogy late last year. And I have to say that book 3 does not disappoint. Another moving and compelling tale of loyalty, loss and love in the dangerous and uncertain times of mid 17th century England.

Ms Stuart once again hauntingly evokes the tension and uncertainty of the times. Again plot and counter plot entwine themselves about the hapless characters. Even more strongly, she conveys the utter helplessness of a woman alone and the even greater helplessness of a woman with two orphaned children in her care. What might be called these days ‘collateral damage’, Agnes Fletcher is just another victim of the fall-out of the political battle between Commonwealth and King that ran over twenty-odd years.

The final book brings together the threads of the previous two, and we find Jonathan and Kate Thornton from book 1 and Kit and Thamsine Lovell from book 2 drawn into the danger and daring of the final audacious act.

In a revealing little interlude between Agnes and Daniel, the author touches the heart of the enduring fascination with the doggedly loyal Royalists. Hope requires a lot more courage than despair in dark times. The laconic awareness with which the protagonists approach the final mad venture, is deeply moving. There is hard-nosed and hard-won realism behind the all-or-nothing attitude that speaks of immense moral and physical courage. I think Ms Stuart has conveyed this beautifully throughout the three books of this trilogy. The Royalists weren’t just romantic fools, they were intelligent and talented men – and often subtle and devious withal – with a great deal to lose, knowing clearly what they were putting on the line for their belief in the rightful claim of their monarch.

No wonder we swoon at the thought of the Royalists giving their all for their beloved King. Charles must have been quite a guy to inspire such love and loyalty for so many lean years. Yes, there were some in it for what they felt they could get, and a shrewd recognition of the consummate political and negotiating talent Charles II displayed. Nevertheless, much courage was still required to be exiled and poor for so long.

The ending coincides with the Restoration and is satisfying and credible, with a hopeful future inevitably shadowed but not shaped by a tragic past.

This trilogy as a satisfying, well written historical romance of the English Civil War. There is a sufficiently realistic feel for the times and an excellent balance of adventure and romance. The characters are wonderfully appealing and stay with you after the book is done. In short, a splendidly entertaining read. Recommended.

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