A Perilous Alliance

A Perilous Alliance Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventureJanuary After three husbands widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to

  • Title: A Perilous Alliance
  • Author: Fiona Buckley
  • ISBN: 9781780290768
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Widow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventureJanuary, 1576 After three husbands, widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to marry again However, she is not in a position to refuse when Sir Francis Walsingham decides she must wed Count Gilbert Renard, the illegitimate son of King Henri II, in ordeWidow Ursula Blanchard is urged to remarry for the sake of Queen and Country in this latest enthralling historical adventureJanuary, 1576 After three husbands, widow Ursula Blanchard has no desire to marry again However, she is not in a position to refuse when Sir Francis Walsingham decides she must wed Count Gilbert Renard, the illegitimate son of King Henri II, in order to build a strategic alliance with the French.When the Count arrives at her country home to pay court, Ursula s misgivings grow stronger Then one of her household staff is found dead at the bottom of the stairs An accident or something sinister The disturbing chain of events that follows sees Ursula heading on a perilous journey in a race against time to prevent a national catastrophe En route she will encounter danger, hardship, conspiracy and murder.

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    1. Ursula Blanchard has been told that her third husband has died and she is quite content as an independent widow traveling between her two homes with her servants and friends in 1576. Elizabeth is Queen and actually Ursula is her half-sister, not in line for the throne but able to serve the Queen in many helpful ways. Now she’s very irritated as she has a bevy of Court visitors, who are telling her that the Queen and Lord Cecil agree that she must marry a French Count, Gilbert Renard, in order [...]

    2. Elizabethan intrigue!Ursula Blanchard, illegitimate half sister to Queen Elizabeth, is once again called upon to serve Queen and country. This time the requirement is to marry for political reasons. Ursula has already buried three husbands and remarriage is not on her horizon--although it seems to be taken for granted by those arounds her, Sir Francis Walsingham being the main proponent. Ursula is already fighting off neighbours with an eye to her lands and possessions, and now the court takes a [...]

    3. Excellent read. This book was thoroughly enjoyable. Great mystery with political intrigue. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I find it difficult to review because there wasn’t much about it that I didn’t like.Even though this was the first Ursula Blanchard novel that I have read it was very easy to follow along and figure out who was who. It could easily be read as a stand alone novel. The appearances from real-life historical figures mixed with the created characters made it interes [...]

    4. 2.5 stars. I really just need to call it quits if this series should continue. The plot of this book was one of the more ridiculous things I have ever read.

    5. I don't know how Buckley continues to come up with these plots. This one involves kidnapping and almost being sold into slavery! Brockleys are left home for one adventure, and a new character Christopher ??? is introduced.

    6. I wish Fiona Buckley would write a couple of pages of "Historical Perspective" at the end of each book so readers could get a feel for the historical aspects if each book.

    7. This was a very satisfying read. It's tightly plotted, and Ursula's perceptive as usual--except for one critical mistake. Nice ending.

    8. A Perilous Alliance Fiona Buckley 4 starsMistress Ursula Stannard has buried three husbands and now enjoys a peaceful rural life with her young son Harry and her devoted household. However Ursula is not the simple widow she may appear; the illegitimate half-sister of Queen Elizabeth I, she has another role as secret agent to the Queen.Suddenly her whole comfortable life is threatened; England needs to build an alliance with France against the rising power of Spain, and Elizabeth needs Ursula to [...]

    9. When Queen Elizabeth suggests that the widowed Ursula Stannard marry again, Ursula wishes she could refuse. But she is Elizabeth's illegitimate half-sister, and the proposed groom is the illegitimate half-brother of the French king, making the marriage part of a treaty between the two countries. So, against her will, Ursula accepts, never guessing where it will lead. An elopement, a duel, a journey across the seas all occur before Ursula is finally free to return home to her young son. To say mo [...]

    10. Since I love reading historical mysteries and since I have noticed the name of Fiona Buckley listed so often in reference to this genre, I was interested in sitting down with this book for an enjoyable reading adventure. Set in Tudor England in the year 1576 this should have fit my reading likes as if it were tailored especially for me. Instead my believe-o-meter was twanging away in the background so prominently that I just couldn't truly enjoy the story. The make-up of the character group who [...]

    11. Three times previously married and once a forced lover for the sake of alliances, recently widowed Ursula Blanchard takes a fourth husband in yet another politically arranged marriage. Spain is the enemy of Elizabethian England, and the ill-suited Count Gilbert Renard is brought forth by Sir Francis Walsingham as part of a treaty with France. Without a choice in the matter, Ursula attempts to make the best of a less than favorable situation…until a murder, ruled as accidental, occurs in her ow [...]

    12. This is the 13th novel in the Ursula Blanchard series. I would recommend starting with book 1 in order to get a good sense of the characters and their back stories.I very much enjoy the a typical lifestyle, for the times, that Ursula lives. Ms. Buckley does a wonderful job of keeping within the confines of what the times allowed for a widowed woman. This book deals with Ursula being strongly urged to take another husband for the good of the country. She is offered as an alternative to Queen Eliz [...]

    13. Very different from what I'm used to reading. I wanted to try out something new in Women's Fiction because I always read YA (I can never be too old for YA) and decided to try out a Women's Fiction, with Literature and Adult content in it, and it was not my cup of tea. A Perilous Aliance starts off with a Widow named Ursula who is urged to remarry for the sake of being Queen and her country. Date: It is January of 1576. After three husbands, widow Ursula has no desire to marry again, she cannot a [...]

    14. This 13th installment of Fiona Buckley’s Ursula Blanchard Tudor mystery series has a plot that should be interesting. Ursula is asked by her half-sister Queen Elizabeth I to marry a French count to cement diplomatic relations between France and England, although widowed Ursula has no wish to marry again after three husbands. She reluctantly agrees, but then the suspicious death of one of her servants and the disappearance of the count with one of her houseguests leads her and her loyal cohorts [...]

    15. I'm not a big fan of this series but have committed to finishing it. The story line in this book was hard to believe, especially the "kidnapping story line".

    16. OK, but not my favorite from this series. Ursula has a lot more pep and determination at the beginning of the series that I feel has been missing from the last two or three entries. Also, she somehow seems to be getting more naive and needy as the series goes on - which is irritating given that she's the main character in an Elizabethan murder/spy series. I understand if the author wants to show nuance to her character, but I think it's misplaced and overdone in this installment (and the last tw [...]

    17. A wonderful addition to this captivating mystery seriesAlthough I haven't listed all books in this series, I have read and enjoyed them all. This is one of the best in my opinion. In the ranks of brave female characters, undaunted by societal expectations of what's proper behavior for ladies, and prone to follow her own ideas and common sense in a world where most people are scandalized by women doing anything other than play the lute or embroider a new cap, Ursula Stannard could run with the be [...]

    18. Ursula (Blanchard) Stannard has often conducted espionage for Queen Elizabeth and discovered that she, too, was a daughter of Henry VIII. Thus, being a sister to the Queen, she also becomes a pawn. Now her sister wants her to wed yet again, this time to a French Count who is under similar familial circumstances. But, once again, Ursula finds herself in a mystery and perilous happenings. Her betrothed runs off with another woman and she sets out in pursuit along with her companions. Will they fin [...]

    19. I enjoyed this historical mystery about a Tudor widow Ursula Blanchard who is determined not to marry again but is put in the position of being unable to refuse an alliance with a French nobleman. Queen Elizabeth is well portrayed and we meet many other convincing characters. I like the horse detail, with high-stepping fashionable trotters starting to replace traditional amblers. There is international intrigue, murder, piracy on the high seas and a chase cross the countryside. Great fun and ste [...]

    20. Fiona Buckley writes what are supposedly "Elizabethan era" mysteries. However, they are woefully short on historical atmosphere and detail. Her bare-bones historical contexts seem accurate but without any background or depth to create interest, they are yawningly boring. This particular book, is short on "mystery" as well. The only murder that takes place is described by and admitted to by the murderer. In fact, the whole story, despite a fairly intricate plot, is told in such a mundane way that [...]

    21. truly not at all interesting, but I did read it cover to cover - I need to read my reviews before I check out new books in series that I may or may not like. I guess I wasn't that impressed with most of the earlier books in the series and just didn't take the time to write a reminder to myself to not bother in future - so here is my note to self. This one had the most improbable characters, situations and ridiculous situations where hostages were being told "all" by pirate/scoundrels

    22. Just did not love this one.You know its a bad sign when you have a stack of library books you want to get through, but the one you are reading now has you lusting after other books on your own bookshelf you can read at leisure.It wasn't massively awful, but I certainly wont be hunting out any others in the series.

    23. Thirteenth book in the series, though it could be read as a stand alone. Didn't feel it was the best - no character progression. The character of Ursula seems to just be marking time, until some actual event of historical significance engages her - the plot here was pretty far-fetched.

    24. I've read previous books in the series and enjoyed them fairly well. This one was just way too melodramatic. Too many plot twists and turns. It just got silly. The author seemed so caught up with the action that most of the characters were treated too lightly to be engaging.

    25. This book is a historical whodunit, a tudor mystery. The narrator is a bastard child of Henry XIII and half-sister to Queen Elizabeth. It is part of a series. It was quick, light reading that I enjoyed. I will read other books by this author.

    26. Absolutely wonderful!! It is rare these days that I find a book that keeps me up most of the night to finish it. The plot and the writing was so engaging, I could not put it down. And there were many twists and turns as well, hopefully some will make it into the next novel!

    27. I liked the first couple of books I. Is series but the series has become tired and formulaic (especially around the subject of Ursula's marriage). I don't think I'll read any more of this series.

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