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  • Title: Blood Between Queens
  • Author: Barbara Kyle
  • ISBN: 9780758273222
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • Following her perilous fall from a throne she d scarcely owned to begin with, Mary, Queen of Scots, has fled to England, hoping her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, will grant her asylum But now Mary has her sights on the English crown, and Elizabeth enlists her most trusted subjects to protect it Justine Thornleigh is delighting in the thrill of Queen Elizabeth s visit to her fFollowing her perilous fall from a throne she d scarcely owned to begin with, Mary, Queen of Scots, has fled to England, hoping her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, will grant her asylum But now Mary has her sights on the English crown, and Elizabeth enlists her most trusted subjects to protect it Justine Thornleigh is delighting in the thrill of Queen Elizabeth s visit to her family s estate when the festivities are cut short by Mary s arrival To Justine s surprise, the Thornleighs appoint her to serve as a spy in Mary s court But bearing the guise of a lady in waiting is not Justine s only secret The weight of her task is doubled by fears of revealing to her fianc that she is in truth the daughter of his family s greatest rival Duty bound, Justine must sacrifice love as she navigates a deadly labyrinth of betrayal that could lead to the end of Elizabeth s fledgling reign Compelling and inventive, Blood Between Queens artfully blends history s most intriguing figures with unforgettable characters, bringing to dazzling life the fascinating Tudor era.
    Blood Between Queens Following her perilous fall from a throne she d scarcely owned to begin with Mary Queen of Scots has fled to England hoping her cousin Queen Elizabeth will grant her asylum But now Mary has her

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    1. Blood Between Queens is without a doubt Barbara Kyle s finest novel thus far It concerns the most famous rivalry in European history, that of Elizabeth I, Queen of England and her renowned cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots Although it is the fifth book in the Thornleigh series, the book has been well written to stand on its own and new readers will have no difficulty in adjusting to the story line The difficulty will occur when they finish it and start scrambling to obtain the first four novels of th [...]

    2. Where I got the book won it on the author s blog.This is the fifth book in Barbara Kyle s Thornleigh series, about a family close to the English court during the reigns of the Tudors Justine Thornleigh, a daughter of the Thornleighs rivals, the Grenvilles, has been brought up as a Thornleigh and is presumed to have relinquished her family s Catholic sympathies Her loyalty to Queen Elizabeth is tested when she is sent to be a lady in waiting to, and to spy on, Mary Queen of Scots Life is further [...]

    3. Author Guest Post The Hinges of History Giveaway Let Them Read BooksI finally got a chance to read a Barbara Kyle novel, and now I see why so many of my friends are fans Though Blood Between Queens is the first of her novels I ve read, it is the fifth installment in her popular Thornleigh series, but fortunately, not having read the previous novels was not an issue, as the story is designed to stand completely on its own In fact, the things that happened in previous books were only touched upon, [...]

    4. When I saw the blurb for BLOOD BETWEEN QUEENS, I knew I had to read it Elizabeth I is my favorite monarch, a legend in her own time, and I m particularly interested in her complicated relationship with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots This book pulls readers into the conflict, giving us a first hand account of the schemes, lies and betrayal going on just after Mary fled to England and became Elizabeth s captive guest.The political intrigue caused by the feuding royal cousins was only part of the [...]

    5. Read This Review More Like It On My Blog 3.5 out of 5With Blood Between Queens, the fifth book in her Tudor era series centered on the fictional Thornleigh family, Barbara Kyle again shows she is no newcomer to the historical fiction genre Her grasp on the history, on the characters and historical figures involved and on plotting are top notch and ably showcase a well developed and thought out novel Though it is far from the first in the popular and long running Thornleigh series, Blood Between [...]

    6. This book is deep, intricate and gripping to the very end Even the title, I realized, has a much deeper meaning than the rivalry and succession to the thrown that encompassed Mary and Elizabeth Blood also refers to the tainted traitor kind that Justine Grenville carried through her veins.In Protestant England where Elizabeth ruled, Catholics still plotted behind the scenes to bring their true faith back Timing had it that Mary Queen of Scotts, who was no longer wanted by her people as she was be [...]

    7. I ve had a habit lately of agreeing to historical fiction that is part of a series Series that I haven t read any of the previous books In this case it was a positive experience Not once did I feel lost because I hadn t read the previous books And now, I would like to go back and read them.I think Justine might be my favorite character in this book She s just the right mixture of naive, loving, and adventurous to spark my curiosity She blindly believes the good in people almost to a fault Odd co [...]

    8. Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle As the fifth book of the Thornleigh Series written by Barbara Kyle, I looked forward to reading this book I have enjoyed the other 4 and I loved the warmth of the characters coming alive again in this book I was not disappointed Justine Thornleigh had been taken in by Lord and Lady Thornleigh Her story comes alive in this book Her story comes into contact with Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots during a very important time in English history I believe [...]

    9. This is a very well written and researched book I have purchased the 4 book in the series that lead up to this one It is a multigenerational series about the Thornleigh family and the Grenvilles,their enemies in the battleground that is England under religious upheaval during the reign of Henry VIII and beyond Blood Between Queen is about the duel of minds between Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots Justine has been placed in Mary s household about the time of the appearance of the Casket Letters [...]

    10. Blood Between Queens isn t just a book about royalty it s a story of two feuding queen cousins, yes but it s also a romance about two young people at court and it s a mystery of revenge and suspense Author Barbara Kyle does a magnificent job of keeping the storyline moving along quickly and keeping the suspense lively This is the fifth book in Kyle s Thornleigh series, and it does help to have read the previous stories to know some of the background of the secondary cast of characters, but this [...]

    11. When I picked up Blood Between Queens I was excited because I love Barbara Kyle and have since the Queen s Lady and I was not disappointed As usual Mrs Kyle brings to life the past with exploding color and vibrancy that left me unable to put the book down and quite upset when I had to I loved it and fell even in love with Adam Thornleigh than I had in the previous books Besides the Queen s Captive, Blood Between Queens is my second favorite Drop what you are reading and pick it up you won t reg [...]

    12. Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge 8 40 Prompt A novel based on a real personDon t you hate it when you start a solid three star book, and watch as it slowly dwindles into nothing This was one of those books.Disclaimer There was a period, probably post Reign, where I downloaded each and every Mary, Queen of Scots book I could get my hands on.Some were better than others, obviously, but they all left me positively Team Stuart over Team Tudor.I still love the Plantagenets, mainly the House of York, b [...]

    13. Originally published in rominasbkreviews Book Source NetGalley and Kensington BooksI ve been a lover of historical fiction for years, especially Victorian, but I ve gotta admit that it was Philippa Gregory who started me on my Tudor binge, at least book wise, films have always been on the agenda Anyway, it all began with The Other Boleyn Girl didn t it for everyone , continued with dozens of books about the Tudors, recently with the Plantagenets, and I have even started to expand towards Spanis [...]

    14. Probably the best book of this series since the first one My previous complaints of her characters continually surviving everything are now satisfied with the death of a main character I also enjoyed the historical fiction part of this book, I ve never really dived into Queen Elizabeth s life so this was a welcome change for me.

    15. Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle is historical fiction at it s best Barbara Kyle expertly weaves fact with fiction in this superbly told story To be honest I can t believe I haven t read any of her work before as I do have a few of her novels on my Kindle and now have all of them and will certainly be anxious to get to them She is a fantastic storyteller and I can attest to that because I read Blood Between Queens in a day and you know it s a good story when over 400 pages flies by without y [...]

    16. When I first got the tour invite for this book I was so excited I ve been meaning to read the Thornleigh series by Barbara Kyle for a few years now and I had told myself that I would read the whole series in preparation for this tour unfortunately other books got in the way so I ve only read Blood Between Queens and now I have to peddle backwards and read the preceding books to this one All that being said, I really, really loved Blood Between Queens and for me I thought it read perfectly well a [...]

    17. Full review here bornlibrarian 201Bottom Line An enjoyable but not extraordinary Tudor era novel focusing primarily on family dynamics and romantic intrigues It would be a good summer read, choice for fans of the previous books, or for that person who has read EVERYTHING on the Tudors Should be picked up by libraries who have the others in the series or for a browsing paperback collection.I downloaded a ebook review copy of this without realizing it was part of a series.While I was frustrated at [...]

    18. 2.5 stars Review coming soon.Also on thedailyprophecy 2.Most Tudors books are a success for me, but this one lacked of something I missed the spark and I couldn t connect with the story or the characters This could be my own fault, because I didn t know this was the 5th part in a series when I requested it on Netgalley I decided to read it anyway and it s definitely a stand alone, but it might be the reason for my disconnection This resulted in the fact that I wasn t sucked into the story I was [...]

    19. This is the fifth of the Thornleigh novels from Ms Kyle and my second I read The Queen s Gamble when it came out and enjoyed it This series of books takes historical figures, adds in the fictional Thornleigh family and others and seamlessly weaves a story that very well could have happened A big bonus you do not have to have read any of the preceding books to understand what is going on They build upon each other but are not dependent upon each other for full enjoyment of the story.This installm [...]

    20. I was somewhat late boarding the Thornleigh wagon, but as they say better late then never Reading this series has made Barbara Kyle a favorite of mine Though the Thornleigh s are fictional characters the events taking place are drawn from history Queen Elizabeth is on the throne and is dealing with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots.The is the 5th book in the series, it does work as a stand along, but I highly recommend starting at the beginning with The Queens Lady The first 4 books I listened to [...]

    21. I reviewed this book for luxuryreading.Blood Between Queens is my first journey into the Thornleigh saga and let me tell you, there is a lot to love Barbara Kyle does an exceptional job of bringing a reader new to the series up to speed on what has happened in the previous books While this makes it easy to read Blood Between Queens as a stand alone novel, there is so much emotion and drama that has obviously occurred in the previous books that I wish I had read the series from the beginning and [...]

    22. This book had it all, love, mystery, betrayal, and hidden revelations I thoroughly enjoyed it I wasn t aware that this book was part of a series when I decided to review it, but it was so well written that it almost didn t matter.Of course there were a few moments that I felt like I was missing something I was frustrated that often characters eluded to a back story that I felt like I was missing out on that element.but over all I didn t think it distracted TOO much from the story That said I wou [...]

    23. Justine Thornleigh is young and pretty, and has only a few things she s currently focused on The first is the Queen s visit, which I imagine would be awe inspiring, especially when it s Queen Elizabeth The second Why, a boy, of course And so we begin Barbara Kyle s Blood Between Queens.The Queen s visit is as fabulous as Justine expects, even when it s interrupted by the news that Elizabeth s cousin Mary has crossed into England to escape her Scottish enemies Next thing she knows, Justine s sent [...]

    24. Justine Grenville, the ward of Richard Thornleigh, is tasked with a very important mission on behalf of Elizabeth I She must befriend Elizabeth s cousin Mary, Queen of Scots and report back any suspicious behavior To do this will win her great favor with her betrothed, Will Thornleigh She must prove that she is a loyal Protestant and deny her Catholic upbringing After someone from her past makes an appearance, her faith is put to the test.Though the characters are engaging, the plot line was a b [...]

    25. This is my first foray into the Thornleigh series by Barbara Kyle and I have to say, I was not disappointed In fact, it was a wonderful historical novel Easily read as a stand alone novel Truth be told, I didn t even know it was part of a series until I read someone else s review.I have long been fascinated with the relationship between Queen Elizabeth I one of my most favorite historical figures and her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots What would it have been like to order the execution of a blood [...]

    26. 3.5 stars I do really like Kyle s books and I think she is one of the best in historical fiction writers purely because you can tell she does her research and does a great job of mixing her fact and fiction to just the right consistency However, I didn t enjoy this book as much as the previous ones because basically all the historical fiction I ve read takes place during Elizabeth s reign and also involves Mary While I find their story interesting, for me it has become over done I would really l [...]

    27. In her fifth installment of the Thornleigh series, Blood Between Queens, Barbara Kyle is once again in Queen Elizabeth s court This time her focus is on Justine Thornleigh, ward of Richard and Honor from the first book in the series, The Queen s Lady.Mary, Queen of Scots has fled her kingdom hoping for asylum under her cousin Elizabeth What she receives, however, is house arrest, with Justine as her lady s maid Unbeknownst to Mary, Justine has been put in the position as spy to Elizabeth In addi [...]

    28. I am wavering between 3 and 4 stars More on this soon In the meantime I liked the author s narration very much, it is very engaging and lively The story itself was very good, and I particularly liked the last third or so As I am a fan of Mary Queen of Scots I also like Elizabeth, though , I felt she is depicted rather negatively as unscrupulous about blowing up Elizabeth, for instance , but of course this is fiction after all, and we do not know the real truth about Mary s doings At best, she wa [...]

    29. Blood Between Queens continues the Tudor saga of the Thornleigh family It also continues in the tradition of Kyle s story telling, which melds high adventure and exquisite historical detail with the moral and ethical challenges that pit characters against their worst fears, and greatest ambitions, changing them and perhaps even some of us forever It s this latter feature the stuff of great literature which distinguishes Kyle from others writing historical fiction.Like all Kyle s novels, Blood Be [...]

    30. Review published at Bitches With Books To read, click the link Excerpt I enjoyed Blood Between Queens, let me say that first But did I enjoy it a lot Not really Would I read this again Probably not I d recommend this to everyone that enjoys a good Tudor era book as it would be right up their alley As for me, I m a bit Tudor ed out I think, as this was my 4th in a month my own fault for getting swept into the genre and I had to compel myself to finish the book a number of times.

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