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D of courage It is set in Chelsea Kent and Spain and is a vivid portrayal of a family which came to know the wrath of the Spanish Inuisition This is a tale with no definitive hero or heroine Rather we have a handful of actors and actresses sharing the stage several of which take turns in the lead role for numerous pages before giving way to someone else This is good in one sense as it offers variety but on the other hand the reader is at times baffled by these change upsI like most of the characters including Nana Felipe Ralph Jane and Pablo Little Donna is best portrayed by the author Donna’s half English half Spanish and chiefly appears at the ages of seven and eight and it’s hard not to like herI was less keen however with the author’s efforts to make Donna “womanly” especially when Roger – over ten years her senior – develops a lovelust interest in her after seeing her performing a “sexy” Spanish dance He reckons her Spanish blood makes her older than her years but all I can think of is “She’s only bloody seven Roger No excuses” Anyway this storyline’s a bit creepy though Donna’s hateful responses towards him are amusingThe plot revolving around the dangers of crossing fanatical Catholics is well written Certain parts set in sunny yet sinister Spain when the Inuisition was at its height are suspenseful and frightening Similar horrors arise in England when fanatical ueen Mary I marries the even fanatical Prince Phillip of SpainWould’ve given this book a five star rating but the ending lets it down somewhat I won’t give anything away but will state that the story closes too abruptly leaving the fates of certain characters unresolved I was thinking “What about him? What happened to her? Did this or that problem get sorted out?” Ideally Ms Plaidy should’ve written an additional few pages to round it all off satisfactorilyTherefore apart from the rushed ending and feeling uncomfortable with a grown man bearing lustful passions for a girl whose age is in single figures this was a very good read

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Defenders of the FaithFirst published under the pseudonym Ellalice TateThis is a powerful story of the troubleous days when Tudor succession was in dispute The ch I used to see books by Jean Plaidy on my parents' bookshelves but my curiosity never took me any nearer at the time How I wished it hadI do like a good historical novel and this is a very good historical novel Maybe because it is written in a different generation it has a completely different feel to it than a similar novel written about the Tudor Elizabethan times by contemporary authors The characters I assume are generally made up but their stories are woven expertly into the real life events of the timeAnd the author doesn't spare us on the gory descriptions either she's not afraid to get her pen dirtySo it's left me wishing I'd taken to Jean Plaidy many years ago when I first had the chance hopefully I have plenty of time to catch up

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FREE PDF ´ BOOK Defenders of the Faith » JEAN PLAIDY Ð First published under the pseudonym Ellalice TateThis is a powerful story of the troubleous days when Tudor succession was in dispute The chief characters are two contrasting cousins one daring brave and adventurous; the other uiet reserved and thoughtful But each Ief characters are two contrasting cousins one daring brave and adventurous; the other uiet reserved and thoughtful But each has his own kin Good The historical detail was good but there was no real story to get my teeth into as it was just the story of the family and how they navigated their way through ueen Mary's reign ie 'Bloody Mary'