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By The Sword (Guardians of the Crown Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00T5M2NZO
- Publisher : Escape Publishing (1 March 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 773 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 356 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 101,327 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First off, I love how careful she is to set her timeframe right, get the details correct, and bring her history to life. Not many historical romances are set during the English Civil War to begin with. But Stuart goes further by incorporating actual events, real details about daily life in the timeframe, and showing the devastating effects that a civil war would have on her characters. Her books could read almost as straight historical fiction and that’s not something that can be said for every romance novel.
Her leads and other characters are such scarred individuals, having experienced the horror of civil war, battle, and gore. They’ve seen death and loss up close, changing them fundamentally. I think this adds depth to them in the current age and in the relationships that develop. Both Kate and Jonathan are strong personalities that carry the story with ease. The reader can’t help but root for them as war variously tears them apart and brings them back together.
Jonathan and Kate create such a strong blend of courage, vulnerability, and love. Their romance is emotionally resonant and vibrant. Even though they come from opposite ends of the conflict, they find enough middle ground in family and common principles to create a strong foundation for their relationship, enough that it’s able to withstand disagreements and personality conflicts. By the time the end of the novel rolls around and we’ve reached our emotional apex, the reader has gone on a unique and incredible romantic journey.
This is just another example of why I love Ms. Alison’s romances. She creates strong characters and relationships, giving all a concrete strong basing in historical fact and detail. I experience every breathe and exchange, becoming invested in the romantic journey all the more. Highly, highly recommended for historical romance lovers everywhere!!
The period setting for this novel was excellent with good descriptions of the events and battles leading up to the second exile of Charles II. The details of day to day life and what it meant to be a puritan or a royalist in the 1650s also felt well researched. Kate is a strong character, a feminist of her time able to stand up to bullies and protect those she loves. Despite his royalist sympathies she loves the handsome, dashing Jonathan and admires his loyality to his beliefs and his friends. An excellent historical novel set in a time of great turmoil.
I know little of the English Civil war period, but it was a dangerous time when families had to take sides - and do it quickly. Support the King (the Cavaliers) or support Parliament (the Roundheads. Yeah, they really should have workshopped that name). Not all families followed the same lead either, with branches supporting different sides, then meeting on the battlefield. I love my history, but I wouldn't want to live there.
So on to By The Sword (as the old saying goes, "If you live by the sword, you die by the sword"). This is the magnificent tale of Jonathan Thornton and Kate Ashley, who are on opposite sides of the war. Kate is a widow dragged into a family inheritance when she could have lived a quiet life in the country, raising her lad. Her son is the heir to a crumbling and ransacked estate called Seven Ways. Now, technically Jonathan is the heir, but he's a Cavalier and there's a price on his head. If he took possession of Seven Ways, he'd be arrested and the property destroyed. So a clever patriarch drags Kate into the fray. Kate is a loyal Parliamentarian (and at this point in history, the Parliamentarians were winning) so if she takes over the estate on her son's behalf, Seven Ways remains. And all the other relatives and villagers who rely on it can remain too.
That's a pretty big burden right from the start, but Kate is brave and determined and takes up the weary load because she's a decent person and she starts to like those pesky Thorntons. Especially, against her better judgement, Jonathan Thornton.
Jonathan is courageous and loyal to a fault. He made a vow to protect the King and by God he's going to stick to it. Which is massively inconvenient to say the least, especially as he's falling hopelessly in love with Kate and she with him. Being wartime, there are battles and skirmishes and perils. Life is fragile and uncertain. Jonathan and Kate spend a fair amount of time apart - which only makes them more determined to be together whenever they can steal some time alone. When they are apart, they don't know the welfare of the other. At that time, communication would have been all but impossible. Sending messages wasn't that reliable if your messenger was captured and killed.
The happy ending is hard fought and still pretty perilous, which I adored. I wanted more, of course, because I want to see Jon and Kate peacefully settled. This is book one in the Guardians of the Crown trilogy, so there will be more Jon and Kate in future books. I can't wait to read about some of the other characters already mentioned and see how Kate and Jonathan are getting along.
Righto Alison, when's the next one? :-)