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In Defense of the Queen (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker Series Book 3) by [Diener, Michelle]
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"If you love historical fiction that is suspenseful, intriguing and beautifully written, please do yourself a favor and read this book and this series today." Girl Lost in a Book

"In Defense of the Queen is historical fiction at its best!" Readers Entertainment

"Exciting plot and relatable characters . . . I loved DEFENSE OF THE QUEEN, and if you enjoy historical novels, I would highly recommend you give this series a try." Fresh Fiction

About 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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  • File Size: 2075 KB
  • Print Length: 315 pages
  • Publication Date: November 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9HY2CM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,290 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received In Defense of the Queen for review through NetGalley and also a huge thanks to Michelle Diener to send me a link that approved it for me. She's always so kind to me for letting me review her books. Thank you, Michelle!

Defense of the Queen is quite different in many ways from the other two books in the Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series. And I mean that definitely not in a bad way because I loved this book as much as the other two in the series. Being the third book in this series doesn't take any of the overall amazingness of it.

In Defense of the Queen we meet Susanna's brother Lucas who has secret information from her father from Margaret of Austria to pass along to queen Katherine. This leads to Susanna (and excuse me for the spoiler) being temporarily imprisoned in the Tower by accusations of treason. Her and her betrothed Parker's life are in more danger than ever...

It was different in a way because I read it in less than a day, just in a few hours. I almost never read that fast and just the last book I read which was about the same size took me a whole week to read. It can only be because Michelle Diener's writing is exceptionally fantastic. The other things that made it different was the story. It felt different to me, good different of course because of where it all headed. I never expected a lot of things to happen the way they did.

Historical facts and fiction thrown together the way Michelle Diener does is amazing. I love reading the afterword where she explains some of the actual facts and love how she tries to make them as accurate as she can. Her writing is still as flawless as ever. I had a hard time stopping to read chapter after chapter so before I knew it I was finished and left speechless.
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By E. Ramer on September 7, 2013
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This book was perfection. I loved the first two books of the series and didn't think this could be better, but it was brilliant from the first page to the last. It was very emotionally intense, which for me is the best kind of intrigue. There were many times when I didn't know how the author would get Susanna and Parker out of trouble. The details were amazing and brought the scenes to life. And this wasn't just a great historical suspense story; at the heart of the book was an even greater love story.

I can't say enough good things about this book and the author. I know I'll read again, more slowly, just to savor it.
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"In Defense of the Queen" was the book I saved this year to read at Christmas. I've thoroughly enjoyed Michelle's first two Susanna Horenbout and John Parker books. I've even commented that her style reminds me of Georgette Heyer -- the seemingly effortless historical accuracy, clarity and characterisation. However, in this third book I think it's less a romance and more a thriller. All right, I can compromise on historical romantic suspense. Imagine Helen McInnes writing of Tudor England rather than the Cold War.

You'll enjoy the book a lot more if you've read the first two in the series. For me, that meant I understood (and didn't just have to take the author's word for it) the depth of loyalty and other emotions in the relationships -- keeping it vague to avoid spoilers.

My tummy muscles tightened as I read; the story was that well plotted and the pacing spot on. I was there with the characters in their frustration, fear and desperation. The description gave me just enough to vividly imagine the setting, without intruding on the thrill ride.

Michelle's a friend and fellow member of the Romance Writers of Australia. So that's my full disclosure before I say: Read "In Defense of the Queen". It's a great historical thriller.
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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.
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