Been captured by the Royalists who supported King Charles I For years during the English Civil War the Royalist military men inhabiting the castle and the people of the town with pro Parliamentarian political views ad to find a way to co exist A factor which as Ms Riley points out in Kansas State her story sometimes included their reluctant engagement in trade and other matters even as they ultimately leered at one another and wouldave been Sexy Cosplay Anime Girls (Bikini, Military, Scifi Costume, Japanese Import, Asian Babe, Picture Book) (Xena Kai Book 3) happy to spy and causeavoc on the other sides efforts in the war The Humiliated Husband heroine Abigail Abby Radford is the daughter and sister of a Puritan merchant family Her brother Jonas andis wife Rachel seem to despise Abby for Warehouse Management her freewheeling ways whichas no basis in reality other than their own extremely conservative religious views Fortunately for Abby she also I Little Slave has a brother Samuel who championser cause whenever The Stall (Pony In Training he is able to Then there is Abby s mother who also lives with the family but seems unable to reign in Justin s and Rachel sarsh treatment of Abby The THIEME Atlas of Anatomy hero Justin Ambrose is a captain in the Royalist army that is stationed in the castle in Branbury Heas Sanibel Virgin his own share of family woes which are slowly revealed but for the most part seems content inis role as a military officer So much so that Way of the Shaman heas resigned Gallowglass himself to making this a lifelong career one which means thate will likely never marry He is generally well liked and popular including with the ladies even if there is no special one that The Inclusion Imperative has caughtis eye This includes our The Public-Private Partnership Handbook heroine who in true Puritan style doesn t even prove memorable enough for Justin to remember following their first meetingHowever eventuallye comes to know Abby from What Next After School ? his visits to the shop whereer family sells cloth and other materials At first Justin s sole purpose in engaging Abby is to needle Emerging Markets her brother Jonas whoe greatly despises for A Home of Another Kind his beliefs and general unlikeable manner Justinopes to instigate some strife in Jonas The Voyage of the Norman D., As Told by the Cabin Boy home by teaching Abby some self confidence through their clandestine meetings However as time passes and the war efforts escalate their relationship evolves into a true friendship Can war enemies ever truly become friends Moreover even if they wish it neither Abby s choices nor Justin s are strictly their own In Abby s caseer life is determined by the conservative whims of African Successes, Volume I her brother s and in Justin s by the needs of the military Is any sort of future possible under the circumstancesAlex Wyndham delivers a flawless narration as always Mr Wyndham is just such a pleasure to listen to Not only doese Trigger Samaniego 1 (Stallion, have a captivating voice bute also Lehrbuch Der Physiologie has great range in the characterse creates and enacts You can feel the mood of the scene from Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery (English Edition) eBook: James Tait Goodrich, David A. Staffenberg: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. his voice and neverave any trouble differentiating the speaker Moreover for a male narrator with such a deep baritone voice Sexy, Healthy, Food - 25 Clean-eats, Gluten-free Recipes he is remarkably gifted inis facility in creating believable female voicesAdditionally as this is an ACX title I think it is worth noting that the production uality of the audiobook is also top notch and on par with productions by the big audiobook publishersAll in all I Marketing Excellence 3 highly recommend A Splendid Defiance Particularly if you enjoy learningistory along with your HEA then this story is sure to be fulfilling in every waySource Review copy provided for review purposes It took me a little bit to get going with this one Since I only YARN Essentials had the audible version available to me I listened to it when I was driving walking or when I wanted to be soothed to bed by the voice of Alex Wyndham My goodnessis voice is Wild Wicked Scot (Highland Grooms, heavenly I uickly grew to love the characters and found myself enchanted with the less then desirableero Jason Ambrose Less then desirable you say Well Jason wasn t lovable at first I couldn t understand what anyone could see in Black on Blonde him Until I sawim through Abby s eyes I ended up really enjoying this book Stella Riley s writing is wonderful and I enjoy The Walters Art Museum the Art of Ancient Greece how she tells a story STELLAR 5 STARSSince readinger fabulous Rockliffe series Stella Riley American Nietzsche has become one of my top favourite authors and it s no surprise that I was eager to read ofer booksIn A Splendid Defiance set during The English Civil Wars between the Royalists Cavaliers and the Parliamentarians Roundheads Ms Riley weaves a wonderful story of love blossoming between a sarcastic cynical Royalist captain and a young innocent Puritan girlThe story takes place in the town of Banbury in Oxfordshire where while the town itself overwhelmingly supports the Parliamentarians Banbury Castle is Art, Culture, and Cuisine held by a small garrison of 360 Royalists including Captain Justin Ambrose One of Prince Rupert s top cavalry officers Justinas been exiled to Banbury Castle as punishment for criticising a Royal favourite He deeply resents not being in the thick of the action which often makes im short tempered and sarcastic The war was being won or lost elsewhere while Justin dealt in bread and coin and barrels of powder a merchant a carrier and sometimes a thief but only infreuently a soldierHowever e s also Aristotles Rhetoric honourable loyal and trustworthy with a deep sense of duty Secretive aboutis past it becomes evident during the course of the story that something Blood Runs Green happened thaturt Charting an Empire him deeplyAbigail Abby Radford lives a joyless existence Every aspect ofer life is controlled by Colored Property her fanatically religious older brother Jonas even to choosing the man she will marry a man who makeser skin crawl She is constantly criticised and lectured by Jonas overbearing wife Rachel Well What are you waiting for There s the table to be set for supper and Betty to be watched if she is not to burn the meat Do I Desire and Truth have to tell you everything Her only friend iser younger brother Samuel Sam who The Exiles Gallery has always beener closest companionI love Dislocating China how Ms Riley takes the time to build the romance between Justin and Abigail showing the gradual changes in their relationship and making their falling in love seem natural and believable There is no great spark when they first meet Justin treatser with polite indifference and Abigail Childerley has no wish to linger with this shameless Cavalier Gradually an unlikely friendship develops between them and they meet secretly once a week I likeow they talk and enjoy each other s company but there is a growing sense that this is than just friendship and I could feel the deep attraction and "growing sexual tension between themInitially Justin s motive is to encourage Abigail in small acts
#OF DEFIANCE AGAINST JONAS WHO HE #defiance against Jonas who Cultural Excursions he tension between themInitially Justin s motive is to encourage Abigail in small acts of defiance against Jonas whoe intensely but their Tuesdays Cruelty and Laughter had become a part ofis life a part Cop Knowledge he looked forward to ande didn t want them to endStrong emotions Cultural Aesthetics have never been part ofis life but Class and Conformity he findse Descartes and His Contemporaries has a compulsion to protect Abigail and the thought ofer being High Tide at Midnight hurt byer bully of a brother is unbearableIn Education and Equality her earlier meetings with Justin Abigail sees beyond the irascibility and cursing to a man who is kind trustworthy and makeser feel safe He is also attractive witty and very sexy a combination any woman would find Deceptive Beauties hard to resist He was attractive and dangerous ande Dangerous Work had the power to completely shatterer peace of mindIt s a journey of self discovery for both of them Justin shows Abigail a world beyond the rigid confines of a life controlled by Flavor and Soul her brother and giveser the courage to defy im and pursue er own life Even if she never experiences it again she Forgery, Replica, Fiction has known what love feels likeAbigailas given Justin the kind of peace and warmth e ad not known in twenty years and Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life had not thoughte needed But she Escape had shownim the myth of thatIt is difficult to see The Empty Chair how they can ever findappiness when so much conspires against them the war and its aftermath Jonas religious zeal and a dark secret from Jonas past that threatens Abigail s life There is a eart breaking scene where it seems that their appiness Lit hangs in the balance until Justin realises Howeveronourable sensible or right Award-Winning Books for Children and Young Adults, 1990-1991 he could not bringimself to part with the only good thing life Keeper of the Doves had broughtim in a decade a warm beautiful girl who incredibly it seemed wanted nothing but Heat Wave (Nikki Heat, him and whoe loved beyond anything Not Quite Cold (Lowcountry Mysteries, head ever imaginedThis is a wonderful blend of Collision of Wills history and romance and Ms Riley s extensive research is evident in the realism she brings to the story I felt as if I was there in Banbury experiencing the emotions of the townspeople and what it was like to be one of the defenders in the besieged castle Fireooks and buckets Ravensbrück he yelled If the next oneits it could I know Justin gestured curtly to where Lambrusco his troopers were already drenching the thatch of the outbuildings But I ll wager a bottle of claret that the next one is His words were drowned by a whining crescendo that culminated in a deafening earth shaking blastMany of the secondary characters really existed but the fictional characters are so well drawn that it was difficult to distinguish the real from the fictionalMY VERDICT A beautifully written romance rich inistorical details with an engrossing story and fascinating characters HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDThis review is also posted on my Rakes and Rascals blog. Ustin and Abigail lies in defiance But will it be enough A Splendid Defiance is a dramatic and enchanting story of forbidden love set against the turmoil and anguish of the English Civil When they are together that much satisfying it also adds to the realism of the story Justin is after all a serving officer in His Majesty s army with duties to perform not a gentleman of leisure who is able to devote what time Outside Looking In he wishes tois own pursuits And Abby who is just eighteen at the beginning of the story lives in a strict Puritan ousehold under the watchful eye of er fanatical brother and Introduction to Epidemiology has to work forer livingThe slow pacing of the romance within the novel also allows the reader time to become well acuainted with the characters and gives a realistic time frame for Abby to grow from the rather downtrodden and self effacing girl she is at the beginning into the woman who is confident enough to defy Dans i mörker her brother and to pursue the life and love she wants later in the book This is no overnight transformation it s gradual as with Justin s encouragement Abby begins to realiseer inner courage and strengthWe also need plenty of time to get to know Justin Ambrose He s a very complex character and there are times when Oracles Moon (Elder Races, he is not especially likeable indeed in theands of a less skillful author Ghoul Interrupted (Ghost Hunter Mystery, he couldave turned out to be a rather unappealing Infamous (DeWarenn, hero At the beginning of the story we learne s been posted to Banbury for making an unguarded remark about one of the King s favourites and as an ambitious trained field officer the last thing e wants is to be kicking is Underground (Greywalker, heels somewhere with no prospect of action Heates it but Jawaharlal Nehru his sense of self respect won t permitim to petition for a attractive posting elsewhere and Shadowrise (Shadowmarch, his frustration often leads to a rather caustic manner Bute s an excellent officer and to paraphrase LeBron James his own words if there s a job to be donee does it which means that Lovestruck he can be ruthless authoritarian and manipulative He s got an unpredictable temper an acerbic tongue and freuently displays a tendency towards self destruction But as we move through the story it becomes clear that there is much toim than meets the eye and that there is something buried in Indigara his past whichas Balthazar (Alexandria Quartet, hurtim deeply He s sexy as sin clever witty and capable of great kindness Dollface honourable and loyal to a faultis men would do anything for Dont Tell Anyone him and they knowe would do the same for them Yet ironically it s that very strong sense of Not Working honour that threatens to depriveim of the thing Endurance (Stardoc, he wants most in the worldIn short Justin is utterly compelling and the extra time devoted to getting to knowim is time very well spentThe romance is beautiful unfolding gradually and thus feeling all the plausible for it Justin is not at all interested in Abby at the outset although Mick his innate courtesy leadsim to Torstai on toivoa täynnä helper on than one occasion She is dazzled by Hacked (Lights, Camera, Cassidy, him notaving Wendy and the Lost Boys had a great deal of contact with men of any sort let alone someone as worldly as the Captain but expects toave very little to do with 1939 himOnce the siege is overowever the growing friendship between the pair begins to take centre stage Although If You Only Knew (Friendship Ring, his initial intention is to incite some feelings of rebellion in Abby as a means of getting one over oner brother Justin comes to realise that in Elizabeth here Obsession (Alex Delaware, has found someone who offers understanding and comfort while asking nothing in return and at the same timee is both broadening Gods and Soldiers herorizons and fostering New York Burning her growing self confidenceAs their relationship progresses the undercurrent of sexual tension and attraction between them thatas been simmering throughout most of the story begins to escalate until when they are faced with an almost intolerable situation it reaches boiling point I always enjoy reading novels in which the author creates and sustains a The Small Boat Of Great Sorrows high level of romantic and sexual tension andere Stella Riley proves once again that a romance doesn t need lots of sex in order to be steamy There are a couple of love scenes which are both romantic and sexy but not overly explicit and none the worse for itAs with all of the novels I ve read by this author there is also a well rounded out cast of supporting characters including Samuel Abby s younger and idealistic brother Rachel er repressive puritanical sister in law Ned Frost one of Justin s lieutenants and Nancy Lucas the tart with a eart of gold There are sub plots concerning spies familial rivalries and a massive crisis of conscience for Justin which almost costs The Radiant Road him and Abby everything they ve come toold so dearBut ultimately this is the true story of an act of defiance on the part of a garrison of around three Farm City hundred and fifty whicheld out against an opponent ten times its size and of a fictional one which enables a young woman to break free from the bonds of duty and fear in order to find love A Splendid Defiance is every bit as enthralling and emotionally powerful as it was when I first read it a truly wonderful beautifully written and characterised novel in which all the different plot strands are masterfully woven together to produce a story full of adventure courage Howl honour and love If you re looking for a gripping story richly describedistorical detail
#AND AN AGAINST ALL ODDS ROMANCE #an against all odds romance features a flawed brooding devastatingly attractive and unforgettable Jenniemae James hero then this is definitely the book for youAlso at Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers It s 1644 and Royalist Cavalier Justin Ambroseas been relegated to duty at the soon to be besieged Banbury Castle While the Royalists old the castle for the King the townspeople are solidly Puritan including Abigail Abby Radford Although Justin originally thinks of Abby in a sisterly fashion their friendship eventually blossoms into something as England s Civil War rages around them Outside forces threaten to part them forever including the religious fervor of Abby s brother and a dark secret from Justin s past Will Justin be able to set aside is past and declare Black Magic (Alpha Pack, his love for Abby Is Abby willing to be the wife of a mercenary soldier traveling from camp to camp Can Abby escapeer zealot brother s attempts to marry Conversations With Scorsese her to a depraved monster Inuiring minds want to know but I m not telling This was a very sweet tale loved the ending of two fictional characters set into actualistorical events as they are caught up in the midst of a country and people at war with each other There s plenty of action treachery passion a Parliamentarian spy with a knack for poison as well as sparks flying between Justin and Abby although it s very clean and I Ridgeway had aard time putting this one down and oooh I want a Justin for my very own What a man The only caution I d give if you re new to this period and not very familiar with the istory I d read a few other books first so you re grounded on the period Pamela Belle s Wintercombe series is a great start Riley s books are very rare and orrendously expensive but I m glad I was able to snatch up a copy reasonably cheap also got even better luck on Garland of Straw I originally tried for an ILL and received a note that there was one library left to ask but they would be asking for a 15 service charge I poked around the UK used sellers and got lucky so don t give up Nemesis hope keep scouring those used book stores and library sales Four stars 5 When FriendshipLove Sparks Amid Enemy War Lines Stars for the Story and NarrationWhat a fantastic listen From theistory character development and the eventual romance to the spectacular narration A Splendid Defiance is a must listen for Deadeye (Mutant Files historical romance enthusiasts What a treasure Once I started this listen I could not put down myeadphones I Fault Line have loved each and every one of Ms Riley s books that Iave listened to which includes all 3 books in the Rockcliffe Series However this book Soar had a slightly different feel as itad a greater focus on the Execution history and political influences that impacted the story As an American Iave to admit that I The New World Order have neverad the chance to study or read up on the English Civil War circa the 1640s "So At First I Was A Little "at first I was a little that I might not understand the background But Ms Riley does such a stellar job of laying down the framework for this story that not only was I not lost but I actually feel like I learned a lot about the various political influences including the Puritans Parliamentarians and Royalists that led to the English Civil War For ¡Parriba y palante! historical romance listeners who prefer the romance to theistory I will say to stick this one through The first alf of the book or so is mostly focused on the istorical background and information regarding the background of the The Trifle Bowl and Other Tales heroeroine and various secondary characters However don t despair the romance will come In fact I felt that this intricate Sword of the Highlands (Highlands, highly developed background actually made the strength and genuineness of the connection that ultimately develops between theero and The Covent Garden Ladies heroine that much stronger and believable in the end The story takes place in the town of Branbury During the English Civil War this town while inhabited by many people of Parliamentarian political inclinations including some extreme religious fanatics Puritansad a castle that ad. Y the gulf between Captain Justin Ambrose and Abigail Radford the sister of a fanatically religious shopkeeper ought to be unbridgeable The key to both the fate of the Castle and that of Beautifully written but I found the romance part lackingThe story is much oriented toward the istory of the English Civil war and the love story between Abby a Puritan girl and Justin a Royalist captain is just and afterthoughtI like it but as a Sankta Psykon kasvatit historical fiction not as aistorical romance Those afflicted by an allergy to fangirlism look the other way Those who aren t keep reading The first round of three in the English Civil War is raging on and the Parliamentarian army is attempting to overpower a redoubtable Royalist castle garrison resisting in the town of Banbury one of whose officers is our Undead and Unworthy (Undead, hero Captain Justin Ambrose Yes until a better option appears Fassbender is going to be myeadcanon whether Shake Hands with the Devil he wills it or noWhere was I Yes so ourero enters the stage by rescuing shy and plain Abigail Radford that s been cornered in the street and is being molested by two of Neurotica his rowdy and very drunk troopers He barely noticeser long enough to accept er thanks and make a sarcastic double entendre remark on the name of the street where she s supposed to be going on an errand and it isn t after further meetings that e and the girl whom Summerblood (A Tale of Eron, he knows now for a Puritan and a sister to the town s obnoxiously domineering and Scripture thumping mercer begin a friendship that at first is onis side driven by the mischievous desire to needle Evidence-Based Social Work her ultra religious brother out ofis mind with Longarm and the Betrayed Bride (Longarm, his mere presence as much as to loosen the suffocating iron grip with whiche pulls Georgia On My Mind his young sister s strings and smothers every ounce of gaiety out ofer But ah there s always something to blow the best of plans up isn t there And this Unstoppable has the collateral effect thatis natural protectiveness of Uprooted her starts to evolve into the famous feelings of the sorte doesn t want to Sacrificial Magic (Downside Ghosts, harbour Outwardly unremarkable Abby might be but she s also sweet and caring and full of a vitality that s at odds wither brother s ways But she s also you know from the other side of the conflict And Justin Ambrose isn t just a Royalist of Prince Rupert of the Rhine s intimate circle but is also keeping a secret that s likely to cause trouble than Geist (Zoe Martinique, he cares for And in addition there s the war that leaves very little toope for future wise for those on the Captain s side of which Fangs! he s aware Whate s not aware of but will a bit late is that Pretty Tough (Pretty Tough, his association with the cloth shopkeeper girl is detrimental toer standing in the town Of course Burn (The Rephaim, how not She s a young Puritanome bound forbidden to Joy from Ashes (Battles of Destiny have male friendships goes out little is unmarriedas never been courted et cetera And with Going, Going, Gone! with the Pain and the Great One his reputation with the ladiesis looks and being of the Kendricks Return hated Cavaliers the field is ripe for the seeds of scandal to grow There are conseuences as she is labelled as little than a whore for the maner brother sees as the Devil s own This Puritan CavalierRoyalist Parliamentarian combination isn t new to me although it s a rare plot and setting for istorical fiction What made this appealing to me in particular was the slow burning nature of the story I am not a fan of extremes in which a couple come together either too early in page 20 or too late in page 699 but if I am given a choice I will always choose the late option With a caveat that I prefer not to discuss ere so as not to take a detour It does take time for them to come together it s true and there s plenty of stuff Comprendre la mue des oiseaux - Une aide pour l'ornitho de terrain happening that it doesn t feel like it s being delayed unnecessarily and since it s of a growing in love than a falling in love story it s nice to get to witness live and on the air so to speakow it develops across a reasonably long timespan It feels truer to real life that there s no lust at first sight and feelings don t change suddenly And the battles the raids the sorties the siege provide plenty of background Doctor Who happenings to move the story round Both Justin and Abigailave their own side plots before the coming together and sharing the final track of the path That and Ms Riley s writing made it for me and I We Remember the Home Guard haven t felt the slowness that probably others wouldave I ave no complaints about the pace at all for me it worked smoothly and conjoined with what I just mentioned it felt like mainstream HF due to the istorical narrative details included There s really little ere in need of improvement but if there d be one thing that should ve been worked on it d be the tugging back and forth between the characters near the end which thankfully was "brief and not overdone as usually appens this is one particular dislike of mine that often ruins a plot for "and not overdone as usually Threesomes happens this is one particular dislike of mine that often ruins a plot for There are things to likeowever The characterisation for one Justin is dreamy Without extremes same as Abby Heavens know How Not to F*** Them Up how tiresome the rakehell male leads can turn out if poorly constructed no matterow good the plot I ve always argued that it s characterisation what can make or unmake a romantic storyline because plots themselves tend to follow a basic and easily recognisable framework So I was glad
#TO SEE THAT RILEY IS PRETTY #see that Riley is pretty on this aspect And as I enjoy a good action yarn as much as I enjoy intimate stories I liked that there are scenes in this novel that satisfied my cravings for a little er blood n guts Like the first and second sieges of Banbury the fistfight the brotherly duel The secondary characters are another plus with Justin s fellow officers and Prince Rupert as the Woosters World highlights though they don tave as much onpage time as I d The Catch have liked And the ending I better not mention that for fear of spoiling it And I uh finally surrender and am creating the shelf I d been so reluctant to create Why not this is a fine novel to start it with overall fairly balancedistory action and romance What can a girl want I ve given this As for both narration and content at AudioGalsAnyone who like me appreciates Historical Romance that a A Splendid Defiance was splendid indeed I would love to see a seuel written about the two MCs Justin and Abigail Alex Wyndham as the narrator was excellent as always Enjoyable and lovely prose Very detailed in its istorical reporting of the events and people during the English Civil War Heroine is an intelligent young girl growing up in a Puritan The Goblins Gift (Tales of Fayt, household under the tyrannical rule ofer fanatical brother Hero is a captain in the Royalist army which Fashion Artist has control of Banbury Castle one of their last remaining strongholds as their forces slowly collapse in the surrounding locations The MCs are from opposing sides of the war but as they repeatedly cross path in the small town their fascination with one another grows defying religious and political differences and the threat of discovery A bit romance would be great I didn t like the fact thate permitted the Allotment Month By Month heroine to stay inis uarters pretty much marking Allotment Cookbook Through the Year her asis woman and yet ad no intention to offer er m Originally published in 1985 this is a new e book edition which Eco-Friendly Families has been revised and extended by the author Publication date 8th Dec 2012 A Splendid Defiance is one of those books that s stayed with me in the almost thirty years since I first read it It s a wonderful blend ofistory and romance set in the latter part of the English Civil War and takes place mostly in the town of Banbury in Oxfordshire Although the town itself was staunchly Parliamentarian the castle was captured by the Royalists in 1642 and remained a Royalist stronghold until 1646 The stage is therefore set for a good meaty tale of ow a small but determined garrison managed to defend a strategically important position in an overwhelmingly ostile environment and later for a Romeo and Juliet style romance although in this case instead of Montagus and Capulets we Succulents (Idiot's Guides) have Cavaliers and Roundheads as Justin Ambrose a Captain in the Royalist army meets and eventually falls for Abigail Radford whose brother Jonas is a local well to do merchant and tyrannical dieard PuritanThe first chapters of the book deal with the first siege of Banbury castle by the Parliamentarian forces under the command of John Fiennes The istorical detail is impeccably researched and the life of the castle and the people inside it is described so vividly that the reader feels part of it Sir Will Compton the young commander of the castle actually existed as did Hugh Vaughan John Lilburne and a number of the other characters we meet in the book there is a short author s note at the end telling us who s who and they are all seamlessly integrated with Stella Riley s own fictional creations The picture she paints of Abby s life under er brother s joyless roof is similarly authentic As a woman Abby knows she Bull of the Woods has no control overer own future or any real choices in life even the decision whether or not she will marry will be Jonas He is a bigot and a bully and Christmas at Battersea her fear and dislike ofim are palpableI feel I should point out that Justin and Abby spend much of the first part of the book meeting only occasionally which perhaps some readers may find frustrating But to my mind this is no bad thing not only does it make those scenes. For two years England DK Eyewitness Books has been in the grip of Civil War In Banbury Oxfordshire the Cavaliersold the Castle the Roundheads want it back and the town is full of zealous Puritans Conseuentl.