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  • Title: By The Sword
  • Author: AlisonStuart
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  • Page: 318
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  • England 1650 In the aftermath of the execution of the King, England totters once 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 peopleEngland 1650 In the aftermath of the execution of the King, England totters once 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 Please note The Escape Publishing Edition is only available in digital format
    By The Sword England In the aftermath of the execution of the King England totters once on the brink of civil war The country will be divided and lives lost as Charles II makes a last bid to regain his thron

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    1. I am not always a fan of romance but when it is mixed in with a good bit of historical fiction I find it quite palatable This author knows how to mix it up and I have enjoyed several of her books so far By The Sword is I believe her debut novel and as such it is very good indeed I found I really cared for some of her characters especially Jonathan who deserved a really happy ending There were lots of good historical facts about the Cavaliers and the Roundheads and her descriptions of English liv [...]

    2. In the mid 1600 s, Kate Ashley is a widow with a young son, 9 year old Thomas She lived near her sister Suzanne, husband William and their children in Barton, Yorkshire where they lived a frugal, but happy life One day Kate received a letter from Tom s great grandfather, Sir Francis Thornton, from whom they had been estranged for many years The old man was on his death bed, and wanted to clear his conscience by meeting Tom and Kate It had been 30 years since the elopement which had split the fam [...]

    3. Widow Kate Ashley and her nine year old son Thomas lived a happy and reasonably contented life in Barton, Yorkshire with her sister Suzanne, husband William and their brood of children close by, Kate had family enough around her But when she received a summons from Tom s great grandfather, Sir Frances Thornton to his estate of Seven Ways , she had no idea what would be the right thing to do The Thornton and Ashley families had been estranged for thirty years Kate had no desire to meet the old ma [...]

    4. Set in 1650 during the English civil wars this is a story full of romance and adventure Cromwell s parliament currently rules England while Charles II and his court are in exile in France Jonathan Thornton is a Royalist loyally fighting for his King in a war he knows they will likely lose Kate Ashley, loyal to the Parliamentary cause is the widow of Jonathan s cousin but her family has been estranged from the Thorntons and she has never met them She is therefore surprised when she and her son ar [...]

    5. I really enjoy stories set in this era such strong men and their strong heroines they went through so much during the civil war in England family and neighbours against each other but when they fall in love they have a lot to overcome and their journey is a rocky road to that HEA and this one had me turning the pages as Kate Ashley with a loyalty to the Parliamentarians and Jonathon Thornton an exiled colonel for the Royalist a firm believer in The King Kate has been left widowed by this war and [...]

    6. Originally published on Lair Of A WordsmithA romance novel where, for the most part, the hero and heroine live apart It being a time when letters were the mode of communication, these two had no idea what happened with the other.Kate Ashley is a young widow who runs her household and is raising her nine year old son She does not wish to marry again Out of the blue, after receiving an invitation to a house named Seven Ways to meet a relative of her late husband whose family has been estranged fro [...]

    7. Well written Love Story from Cromwell s EnglandThis was my first by Stuart and it s a worthy read, a crossover between historical fiction and historical romance That is, it has enough history to satisfy the historical fiction lover and enough romance and a happy ever after ending to make it romance.Set in Yorkshire beginning in 1650 the prologue is set in Devon in 1646 , during the time when Cromwell ruled England and Charles II was in exile in France, this is the story of Col Jonathan Thornton, [...]

    8. This is set in an era I don t normally read It s also a romance, which, in historical fiction, I don t always enjoy However, the romance element in this book is done really well.Often, in a romance, the characters annoy me with their misunderstandings, but that was not the case in this one The action was exciting there was some violence but it was not unneccesarily bloody, and I turned the pages eagerly.There is a little sex but it is not gratuitous All in all, a good yarn, compelling and very r [...]

    9. I went into reading this book with much trepidation as I had recently DNF ed two historicals, both by excellent authors I thought maybe I was off historicals and I would not enjoy this Fortunately, that was not the case.War is a terrible thing and civil war within a country, no matter the reason, is even so It splits the country into half and divides the people Families turns against each other, fathers against sons and brothers against brothers as each take sides based on their individual beli [...]

    10. In this English Civil War story, widow Kate Ashley is contacted by her husband s estranged family who wish to name her young son as heir to the family estate, Seven Ways However, the estate is financially floundering due to taxes imposed on the family for being Royalists Kate s husband died fighting for the Parliamentarians but she has no love for either side she just wants to raise her son in peace.When Kate meets the real heir to Seven Ways, the outlawed Jonathon Thornton, she is immediately t [...]

    11. By the Sword is Alison Stuart s first novel and is set for a re release in March of this year Although I have known Alison for some time Hoydens and Firebrands , I had never before read any of her books until now.There were tender, poignant scenes between parent and child, and Stuart s story was beautifully woven into historical events, such as the Battle of Worcester, which is in the middle of the book The battle scenes were as good as the love scenes, and Stuart has the talent to depict both r [...]

    12. LOVE Alison Stuart s historical writing She recreates the period of the English Civil War brilliantly and I felt as though these characters had surely lived through it for real It s the absolute understanding of the period and daily life peppered throughout the story that makes your heart ache for this couple who struggle to survive and love in a time when families were torn apart for the cause The power of Ms Stuart s writing is also in how much I cared about what happened to the characters Eag [...]

    13. 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

    14. Oh, I loved this story Kate Ashley is one tough, passionate lady, full of compassion, love and integrity Jonathan Thornton is tough, charismatic, and a perfect match for Kate if only civil war could allow them to be together The children in this story are brilliant characters and I m not often taken by the kids in stories Alison Stuart writes a rich story, which kept me enthralled I ll be looking for .

    15. BY THE SWORD by Alison Stuart is a stunning historical romance that will entertain you until the very last page Ms Stuart s impressive characters, moving plot and dramatic prose captures your full attention and leaves you utterly captivated as she whisks you away to a time that once brimmed with unreserved drama.Highly Recommended5 5 stars

    16. Kate Ashley and her son have been summoned to the home of her husband s elderly relative The family have been estranged for years It didn t help that they were on opposite sides in the war Her husband died fighting for the Roundheads His maternal grandfather still supports the displaced king With King Charles still trying to reclaim his crown anyone known to support him is under suspicion Sir Jonathon Thornton has a price on his head and cannot be found on English soil He also knows he cannot po [...]

    17. Alison Stuart s By the Sword takes place during a pivotal period in that challenging and complex earthquake of a century during which one eighth of the British population died in or as a result of civil war, the country lurched from monarchy to republic and back again, and new men of mechanical and medical science progressively colonized the domain previously inhabited by astrologers, alchemists and apothecaries Setting her novel around the time of the Battle of Worcester, last battle of the Eng [...]

    18. Rating 3.75 StarsVikki s MusingsI received By the Sword in exchange for an honest review from the publisher I have always been a fan of books based on the English Civil War and when I read the book description, I looked forward to reading it with a great deal of anticipation By the Sword starts out with a prologue set in Devon 1646 I know some readers and editors do not care for them, but I normally enjoy a prologue and this one was no exception It pulled me in immediately The first chapter is s [...]

    19. Set in Yorkshire in 1650, the story revolves around a family divided by loyalties to Cromwell and Charles II, in the midst of the conflict between the Roundheads and Royalists, also known as the English Civil War The widowed Kate Ashley and her young son Tom are supporters of Cromwell, if she actually was said to be supporting anyone Her existence is pleasant, if frugal, and her life with her son is proceeding along nicely She s vowed never to remarry, and the distance from her husband s family [...]

    20. Another winner from Stuart This woman stands almost without equal in being able to blend romance, historical detail, and three dimensional characters into one cohesive whole Her books are written as historical romances however, they stand as so much in my humble eyes.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 inco [...]

    21. I didn t love this one I think it has to do with the fact that I didn t really get to know Jonathan I didn t connect with him or swoon unlike the other novels by Alison, this one sat a little awkwardly.Kate Ashley was a different matter I thoroughly enjoyed her character She is a very strong character She s tested time and time again, physically, mentally and emotionally, yet she still remains strong I wasn t too excited by the fact that almost instantly she fell in love with him, but I guess 6 [...]

    22. It is the story of a young widow, Kate Ashley, who struggles to carve a life for herself and her young son during the turbulence of war in the era of Charles II Through her late husband s family, she inherits the impoverished mansionestate and stately home called Seven Ways in Worcestershire England But the estate is in disrepair and to restore it will cost a great deal Nevertheless, she perseveres.She encounters royalist, Jonathan Thornton, who is exiled and a wanted man Stephen Prescott, a har [...]

    23. There is no one like author Alison Stuart for bringing alive the atmosphere of England during the civil war years Alas, this is a neglected period of history for historical authors who have literally done Regency to death and then some I always find myself reading Alison Stuart s books with the greatest of pleasure Her writing embodies everything I love about historical fiction a trip back to a bygone age when life was somewhat slower and less in our control.Alison Stuart beautifully depicts the [...]

    24. By The Sword was an absolute superb read from beginning to end It s about two leading characters, Lady Ashley and Jonathan Thornton coming together from opposite sides of a very violent war in the mid 1600 s that depicted each of characters plight, the horrors and struggles each endured who spent very little time together in this story, yet making those times precious, endearing allowing the reader not just to be able to visualize what was going on, but to also feel each emotion the characters [...]

    25. Allison Stuart is a terrifically fun and skillful storyteller In this novel about two people who come together from opposite sides of the Engllish Civil War of the mid 1600 s you have as neat a story of love and also of loyalty and heroism as could go into something that is so easy to read and wrap yourself in One talent Stuart has is the ability to present a complicated set of captures and escapes that are nevertheless completely credible, each set up and followed through satisfyingly Like kit [...]

    26. I enjoyed this English Civil War story of Kate and Jonathan and their extended families friends Much like Stella Riley did with her Roundheads and Cavaliers series, Stuart drops these characters right into the thick of the War and instead of the conflict being some convoluted Regency misunderstanding, these characters problems are mainly the result of circumstances brought about because their country has been embroiled in a Civil War for nearly ten years I ve already read the second book in the [...]

    27. BY THE SWORD by author Alison Stuart is a March 2015 release by Escape Publishing, the digital arm of Harlequin Australia Kate Ashley, a widow is mum to a nine year old son Jonathan, her late husband s cousin is a hunted man in exile so the family estate would go to Kate s son Meeting Jonathan for the first time, Kate feels attracted but they are kept apart The story is beautifully written and the plot is intricately woven so you feel yourself living in Kate s shoes BY THE SWORD has vivid descri [...]

    28. Kate Ashley is a widow with a son She receives a letter from her husband s family, who abandoned his mother when she ran off with someone her father didn t approve of They visit Seven Ways, the home of the Thorntons and Kate meets Jonathon Thornton, the disgrace of the family, who is pursued by an officer called Stephen Prescott.The historical detail is breathtaking, and I have only dropped half a star on this one because I felt like the story ended a few chapters short of the actual ending, and [...]

    29. Kate Ashley is a widow with a son who inherits her husbands family s estate Jonathan Thornton is a royalist the story takes place near the end of the English Civil War They meet and fall In love but their love is challenged as they are on different sides of the conflict Alison Stuart has managed to combine history with romance for a very enjoyable story.

    30. DNF at 19% I m just not feeling it.The heroine is a total doormat, and the hero is recklessly exposing her and her nine year old son to serious danger, for no real reason He says his papers are good so there s no risk of him travelling with them, but he also says he needs to travel with them so he won t be suspected, so clearly his papers aren t that damn good.

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