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By The Sword (Guardians of the Crown) by [Stuart, Alison]
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By The Sword (Guardians of the Crown) Kindle Edition

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Length: 326 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"Highly, highly recommended for historical romance lovers everywhere!!" Sarah Amazon reviewer

From award-winning author Alison Stuart comes a stirring historical trilogy about soldiers, spies, and the strong women that love them. 
England 1650. In the aftermath of the execution of the King, England totters once more on the brink of civil war. The country will be divided and lives lost as Charles II makes a last bid to regain his throne.
Kate Ashley finds her loyalty to the Parliamentary cause tested when she inherits responsibility for the estate of the Royalist Thornton family. To protect the people she cares about, she will need all her wits to restore its fortunes and fend off the ever-present threat of greedy neighbours.
Jonathan Thornton, exiled and hunted for his loyalty to the King's cause now returns to England to garner support for the cause of the young King. Haunted by the demons of his past, Jonathan risks death at every turn and brings danger to those who love him. Finding Kate in his family home, he sees in her the hope for his future, and a chance at a life he doesn't deserve.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Worcester, Jonathan must face his nemesis, and in turn, learn the secret that will change his life forever. But love is fragile in the face of history, and their lives are manipulated by events out of their control. What hope can one soldier and one woman hold in times like these?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1090 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 March 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00T5M2NZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,043 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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By An Avid Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 December 2015
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Quite simply, this is a great read. Interesting, well-developed and very believable characters with flaws and weaknesses but absolutely charming nevertheless. Great dialogue (some modernisms creep in, but more than forgiveable I think as overall the tone and sentiments are very authentic), well-paced story, lovely romance with consummation delicately conveyed (ie: no graphic sex), polished writing. A well conceived and executed plot that seamlessly weaves history into the personal stories of the protagonists. The author has a great feeling for the era and manages to capture the strange times of the English civil war where brother could be against brother and the fluid political changes made it a precarious time to be alive whether you were an active player or a bystander unwittingly caught up in the action. I bought By the Sword as a result of picking up Her Rebel Heart as a freebie from somewhere. Now I am buying the sequel, The King's Man. That speaks for itself really. Recommended.
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By Sandra R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 January 2017
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4.5 stars. I enjoyed this book very much. The first time I have read about the civil war in England and it was really interesting. The story was excellent, quite long and obviously very well planned and it kept me guessing. The characters were well developed. I have just started reading "The King's Man" (the next book in the series) and intend to read all all this author's back-list. I'm also really pleased to find out that she's a fellow Aussie !
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Excellent book with great details in regards to what was politically happening in England at that time. Loved the characters and looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Great work!
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