THE KING’S MAN
403 Wallace Court, Richmond, KY 40475
Rating: 5 Cups
Thamsine Granville is on the run for her very life. She has survived the war, Cromwell’s invasion and subsequent taking over of England, but she is by no means safe. Living on the streets of London and riddled with despair, she flings a brickbat at Cromwell’s coach, nearly getting herself arrested. However, a handsome young man saves her and hides her when the king’s soldiers come looking.
Kit Lovell is something of a ladies man, and does not like himself very much. However, he does love his family dearly and will do anything for them, even going so far as to betray his friends. When he sees Thamsine fling the brickbat, he saves her from being found. But Kit is not everything he seems, and despite his attraction to Thamsine, he does not act on it, at least not at first.
When Thamsine is recognized by one of Kit’s friends, both she and Kit are arrested and taken to jail. Before Thamsine knows it she is asked to spy for the very man she does not consider to be her sovereign, in fact it is either that or the gallows. Deciding she has no choice, she goes ahead and does it all the while hoping she does not really hear anything of value. However, she is unaware that Kit is also spying for the enemy and when she discovers he is responsible for her being arrested in the first place she has very little to do with him, though it pains her. But there are dark forces at work, and Thamsine does not have all the information when it comes to Kit. If she cannot learn to trust him, it could cost her her life.
The King’s Man is a lovely story set in a period of history I knew little about prior to reading this book. The author does a splendid job of setting the scene and giving the reader a bird’s eye view into England just after Cromwell took over. It was not hard to see how difficult life must have been for those nobles who lost everything. Ms. Stuart even manages to make Kit loveable, in spite of the fact that he does some pretty reprehensible things. I admired Thamsine’s ingenuity in outsmarting those around her who wished her harm. The characters are so real they seem to leap from the pages. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys allowing the written word to take them away to other times and vistas!
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance
Reviewer for Karen Find Out About New Books