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The Traitor's Daughter (Thornleigh #7)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
In 1582, England is gripped by the fear of traitors. Kate Lyon, tainted by her exiled mother's past treason, has been disowned by her father, Baron Thornleigh. But in truth, Kate and her husband Owen are only posing as Catholic sympathizers to gain information for Queen Elizabeth's spymaster. Kate is an expert decoder. The deception pains her, but she takes heart in the ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Kensington
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Jun 11, 2015 Lori rated it it was amazing
This was one of those novels that draws you in and makes you not want to put it down until your finished. I lost several hours of sleep by reading 'just one more chapter'. Don't shy away from this if you haven't read the others in the series. This is only the second that I have read and I have throughly enjoyed them both. Highly recommend!
Jun 18, 2015 Margaret rated it it was amazing
The 7th book in the Thornleigh Series is out! It is no secret that this is a favorite series of mine. I started out with the audio version and the last 3 in book format. Both are great and though they can be read alone I highly recommend starting at the beginning with The Queen's Lady.

This series is rich in historical detail, true to the time period and centers around real historical figures, though the Thornleighs are fictional. This book isn't as action packed as previous ones, but it was stil
nikkia authement
Apr 10, 2015 nikkia authement rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for arc.

This series is new to me, but it was very fresh and exciting. I checked out some of the other books which look great for a long weekend to catch up.
Colleen Turner
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I absolutely love this book series! I actually began with the fifth book in the series (Blood Between Queens) and have since continued on, reading The Queen's Exiles before going back and starting at the beginning with The Queen's Lady. This is a must-read historical fiction series for those that love seeing the events of the Tudor era unfold through the eyes of fictional characters that are always very close to the danger and conspira
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and The Unread:

Having been entranced by the previous book in the Thornleigh saga, I’m sorry to say that house renovations, amongst other things, have prevented me from going back and reading all the books from the beginning. However, seeing the next in the series waiting to be snapped up for review was too good an opportunity to be missed, and, once again, I was swept up into an Elizabethan adventure with a group of characters who all feel very fresh in
May 31, 2015 Debbi rated it really liked it
(thank you Netgalley for an early reader copy)

This was the first book I've read by Barbara Kyle, and I am now going to correct that and read her previous 6 books!

The traitor's daughter is Kate Thornleigh, daughter of Lord Thornleigh, a staunch supporter of Queen Elizabeth. Kate is married to Owen, a Catholic, and her mother (the traitor of the title) is in exile in France, a support of Mary Stuart, who believes she, not Elizabeth, is the real Queen of England. But Owen is not really a Catholic,
Annemarie Macken
May 30, 2015 Annemarie Macken rated it really liked it
With endless twists in the plot and intrigue running throughout the novel, The Traitor's Daughter is a book that will have you on the edge of your seat constantly. The mixture of fictional characters living their lives amongst historical ones creates a very credible sense of reality and it is easy to lose oneself in the very detailed and heart-stopping story. It reads very much like a historical action film and would make great viewing with the incredibly dramatic storylines and fully developed ...more
Diane Moyle
Apr 29, 2015 Diane Moyle rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting story about a fictional attempt on Queen Elizabeth’s life in 1582 by the supporters of her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland. It is chocked full of intrigue and suspense. Kate Lyon is the daughter of Baron Adam Thornleigh, a staunch supporter of Queen Elizabeth. She is estranged from him because she has married a poor playwright, who appears to be a supporter of Mary Stuart, but things are not as they seem to be and they are actually working behind the scenes to ...more
Judy Lesley
Set in England in 1582 this novel gives readers a good example of how dangerous the political scene was during the struggles between Queen Elizabeth and her cousin Mary Stuart, Queen of the Scots, over the question of England declaring its freedom from Rome and the Catholic church. This novel will give readers unfamiliar with the events of that time period a good view of what was happening when families were torn apart over the question of religion. Barbara Kyle writes well within the time ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Nov 13, 2015 Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
Kate has been separated from her traitorous mother for nearly half her life; but her younger brother Robert remained in his mother's care. Now Robert has returned to England and claims to be a loyal subject of Elizabeth. Can Kate trust him?

Meantime Kate is estranged from her father since her marriage to Owen Lyon, a playwright who had been arrested for attending a secret Catholic service. Now Owen is about to be released and the two reunited, to continue their secret work for Elizabeth's spymast
Apr 13, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
I recently received an ARC from the author. That has not influenced my review in any way.
This is by far my favourite book in the Thornleigh Series. It took me 2 days to read it. I could not put it down.
Loved the interplay between the characters. The storyline was full of surprises. I was sad when the book ended because I wanted more!!!
Hoping there will be more books added to the Thornleigh Saga. Wish there was an ongoing television series. Thank you once again Barbara Kyle for taking me on yet a
Nov 22, 2015 Gaile rated it really liked it
Again Barbara Kyle treats us to another suspense thriller set in the time of Queen Elizabeth I. Kate, a spy decoder gets herself deeply involved in an intrigue by Mary, Queen Of Scots. Unfortunately for her, she trusts the wrong person and although some matters come right right, some don't. This book ends with a cliff hanger leaving us poor readers to wait for the next one which hopefully will come out in a year's time.
Nicole Laverdure
Apr 11, 2015 Nicole Laverdure rated it really liked it

The Traitor's Daughter is the first novel that I read written by Barbara Kyle.
I really enjoyed it! I loved her characters nicely blended into an intriguing storyline. Excellent adventure of spying, betrayal, loyalty and romance. Fast paced and filled with danger! Thank you NetGalley and Kensington for a copy of this book!

May 20, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
The Traitor's Daughter is the seventh installment of the Thornleigh series. It was full of history and full of action. There were many events I did not see coming, that kept me continue reading and turning page after page. I hope to see more in the Thornleigh series. As I am still not ready to let this family go.
5+ stars
Linda Graham
Nov 29, 2015 Linda Graham rated it really liked it
Shelves: 16th-century
I purchased the audio edition and thoroughly enjoyed it. It had everything—compelling characters, interesting and intricate plot, and a vivid setting. The little I’ve previously read of the time period was sympathetic to Mary, so this added additional insight.
Judy D
Sep 03, 2015 Judy D rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! Barbara has the reader riveted from the first chapter.
CBC needs to turn this into a miniseries!
Jenni Schell
Apr 26, 2015 Jenni Schell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I admit that this is the first book that I have read in this series. Now I am hooked. This book had all of the elements that I love about a good read. Great job.
Oct 28, 2015 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: want-to-purchase
I love this series. My only disappointment was not having the little "history lesson" at the end.
She could not pry the truth about her brother from her heart. It had taken refuge there like a criminal claiming the sanctuary of a church. If only she knew which was worse, truth or lies! Which duty bound her the most-family or country.

I love historical fiction rich in the tension of the time. With the power struggle of the Catholic Church with the monarchy and the rise of the Protestant Church, the passion of that time comes out in Kate Thornleigh’s family. With different allegiances, there i
Robert Dunn
Jun 24, 2015 Robert Dunn rated it liked it
I had trouble with the characters. Kate is a strong person, willing to take extreme risk and then is unreasonably weak when it comes to her brother. Robert is a caring doctor that is a religious fanatic, so much that he tries to kill his sister. Roberts background is not explained. He is away from his mother for years yet is I greatly influenced by her? This a short book that could have been better if the main individuals has been better developed. Looks like Kate and Matthew together in the ...more
Angela Porter
Aug 11, 2015 Angela Porter rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book for an honest review. I have always loved books based in the Tudor Era. This was a really well written book. The only qualms I had was off and on there would be a spot that would not quite keep my attention. Those moments were few and far between though so not a big worry. I have been hooked into this series and eager to read more in it.
Mar 14, 2016 Maxime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I struggled with this book to be honest i liked it but didn't love it it is my era & genre but found that although i read it until the end my mind wandered whilst reading the book
(received via Net Galley)
Jun 04, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
It took me a while, half the book, to really get into this book.
Once it got going, it pulled me in. The end left me hanging...have to wait for the next one.
Jul 31, 2015 Lezley rated it liked it
The final chapter in the lives of the Thornleighs. I thoroughly enjoyed this page-turning series, but must admit I am ready to move on. I certainly hope to see the movie one day.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 04, 2015 01:14PM  
  • Elizabeth, Captive Princess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #2)
  • Queen Elizabeth's Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I
  • Queen of Ambition (Ursula Blanchard, #5)
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower
  • The de Lacy Inheritance
  • The Virgin's War (Tudor Legacy #3)
  • Keeper of the King's Secrets  (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, #2)
  • Elizabeth: Virgin Queen?
  • Royal Inheritance (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #6)
  • A Realm Divided: England in 1215
  • The Enemies of Versailles (The Mistresses of Versailles Trilogy #3)
  • The Captive Queen of Scots (Stuart Saga, #2; Mary Stuart, #2)
  • The Flowering of the Rose (We Speak No Treason, #1)
  • The Uncrowned Queen (War of the Roses, #3)
  • The Boleyn Bride
  • The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline

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Other Books in the Series

Thornleigh (7 books)
  • The Queen's Lady (Thornleigh, #1)
  • The King's Daughter (Thornleigh, #2)
  • The Queen's Captive (Thornleigh, #3)
  • The Queen's Gamble (Thornleigh, #4)
  • Blood Between Queens (Thornleigh, #5)
  • The Queen's Exiles (Thornleigh, #6)

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