In Defense of the Queen

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An artist never betrays her patron . . . especially one of the world's most powerful kings.

Susanna Horenbout has learned this lesson from the cradle. But when she receives a letter from her father telling her to do just that, she faces a dilemma. Betray Henry VIII, or carry out the request of her father's employer, Margaret of Austria, and pass secret information to Henry's queen, Katherine of Aragon.

Caught between the machinations of her ...

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Overview

An artist never betrays her patron . . . especially one of the world's most powerful kings.

Susanna Horenbout has learned this lesson from the cradle. But when she receives a letter from her father telling her to do just that, she faces a dilemma. Betray Henry VIII, or carry out the request of her father's employer, Margaret of Austria, and pass secret information to Henry's queen, Katherine of Aragon.

Caught between the machinations of her husband and her nephew, the Emperor Charles, Queen Katherine needs all the allies she can get. But what can Susanna really do to help her, and even if she does, will it be enough?

Susanna and her betrothed, Parker--one of Henry's most trusted courtiers--balance on the knife's edge of treason as they try to make sense of both international and domestic conspiracies. Sometimes, it's better the enemy you know . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780987417640
  • Publisher: Michelle Diener
  • Publication date: 7/30/2013
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 1,066,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court and Keeper of the King's Secrets, with In Defense of the Queen set for a 1 August release.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies, which will release on October 22nd, 2013.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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  • Posted August 1, 2013

    I loved In Defense of the Queen by Michelle Diener. Seriously. I

    I loved In Defense of the Queen by Michelle Diener. Seriously. I think this has been my favorite book of the series so far.  A lot of the reason was watching Parker struggle so much while his betrothed, Susanna, was imprisoned and he was helpless. I don’t like to see people struggle, but the normally strong, calm, controlled Parker was out of sorts when he could not get Susanna freed easily. While Susanna didn’t wish to be imprisoned she did what she always does – she stepped up and was strong for everyone else.

    If you haven’t read Michelle Diener yet, you must. Her stories are so smart and you will be captivated from the beginning with John and Susanna and the adventure they find themselves on, usually on behalf of the King or Queen. The romance in In Defense of the Queen is just lovely. This is the third book for John and Susanna and you can see their relationship grow stronger all the time. They are truly meant for and complement each other so well. You won’t get the steamy, detailed love scenes in this story, but you still see the romance and passion between the two of them when Michelle writes the more intimate scenes. It is the kind that makes you swoon because it is so beautiful.

    Reading about the same characters from previous books is one thing I love about a series. I felt like I was coming home to family while reading about not only John and Susanna but Harry, Peter Jack, Eric, etc.  We get to know a little about Susanna’s brother, Lucas in this story and I am still not sure what to think of him yet. It is interesting how a family can be those not related by blood more than the ones who are our blood relatives. I grew quite fond of King Henry’s son, Fitzroy and hope to see him in future stories.

    One thing that is amazing to me about Michelle’s writing is she seems to leave no detail left out.  They are all perfectly placed to set a scene or give us some insight to a character. For example, even while Susanna is in the heat of a dangerous chase on horseback she never fails to notice people from an artists eye. Also, the little descriptions of Parker and how he was reacting to Susanna in prison just melted my heart.  In Defense of the Queen is an smart book with well developed charters and a plot full of suspense, intrigue, deceit, loyalty, and love. I highly recommend it and I really hope you will take the time to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2013

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    Loved the two other books in the series. Then when I saw there was a third book, I got liked super excited. This was really good, but you know how when its been a while since you read the last book. Then once the newest book comes out, you kind of remembered what happened and are like wait which character is this again? While it was like with this, I could still follow the story well. Love the historical intrigue, suspense as Susanna Parker and co are on yet another mystery adventure. Also love the covers. But does this one seemed a bit different than the others, or just off somehow? I don't know, maybe its the lighting or something. Anyway, still looks good though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Amazing!

    I was hooked on this series from book one and I'm so happy with In Defense of the Queen. It was suspensful and fast paced and I like how Michelle Deiner wraps up her books with out leaving this massive cliffhanger and yets still leaves you yearning for the fourth book! I really recomend reading any of these books they've quickly become one of my favorite series

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