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Blood Between Queens

Barbara Kyle

ISBN 9780758273222
Publish Date 4/30/2013
Format Trade Paperback
Categories Historical, Kensington
List Price: $15.00

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“Riveting, adventurous…superb!” --Historical Novel Society

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 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 fiancé 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.

Praise for The Queen’s Gamble

“Starts strong and doesn't let up...Kyle's latest is extremely accessible for readers unfamiliar with the series.” –Publishers Weekly

“Memorable characters, lush historical details, fascinating intrigues, and court drama.  History and romance merge, loyalty and passions run high and readers are riveted to the pages.”  --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars


1. Secrets figure prominently in Blood Between Queens. Richard and Honor Thornleigh have kept Justine’s identity as a Grenville secret to spare her the stigma of being known as a traitor’s child. Were they right in making this decision?

2. Justine has hidden from the Thornleighs the fact that her traitorous father is alive because she believes that he will never come back to England. Was she wise in hiding this crucial information from them?

3. Justine doesn’t tell Will about her Grenville background for fear of losing him, convincing herself that the feud between their families is long past and best forgotten. Do you, like Justine, think that secrets are sometimes necessary?

4. Several characters in Blood Between Queens have to make hard choices. Queen Elizabeth must decide what to do with her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, who has fled to England asking for Elizabeth’s protection and an army to rout her enemies in Scotland. But Elizabeth dare not antagonize her ally, the Scottish Protestant government, by helping restore Mary to her throne. Neither, though, can she allow Mary to move freely around England because of Mary’s dangerous appeal to English Catholics who want her on the English throne. Given this dilemma, do you think Elizabeth was justified in keeping Mary under house arrest?

5. When Christopher Grenville fled England, he lost everything: his lands, his grand house, and even his daughter Justine, who has been brought up by his enemies, the Thornleighs. Do you feel any sympathy for Grenville in using Justine to get revenge on Richard Thornleigh?

6. Mary, Queen of Scots refuses to attend the inquiry to answer questions about her involvement in the murder of her husband. Was she right to refuse to appear and refute the charges of her subjects? Do you think she was innocent or guilty of complicity in the murder?

7. Hoping to help Mary clear her name, Justine tells Mary that the casket letters have been introduced in private at the inquiry as damning evidence against her. Did you think Justine was right to try to help Mary?

8. Justine deceives Will in order to get his copies of Mary’s letters, hoping it will bring an end to the inquiry, and she seduces him to accomplish this. Do you think Justine’s deception was valid?

9. Frances Thornleigh’s overwhelming love for her husband Adam makes her irrationally jealous of Elizabeth, so she helps her brother conspire against Elizabeth. Do you sympathize with Frances? Is love ever a justifiable motive for a crime?

About Barbara Kyle:

Barbara Kyle, a classically trained actor, enjoyed a successful career in Canadian television and theater before turning her hand to writing fiction. She and her husband live in Ontario, where she teaches popular writing seminars and workshops.

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Blood Between Queens.... (Thursday, October 3, 2013)
Reviewer: AprilR, My Book Addiction andMore

BLOOD BETWEEN QUEENS by Barbara Kyle is a riveting Historical fiction set in England. The tale of two Queens, Mary, Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth of England. Mary fleds to England in hopes Queen Elizabeth will grant her sanction. What happens than is only part of the story…..Filled with spies, danger, jealousy, betrayal,rivalry,intrigue,and history. Ms. Kyle blends history with intrigue and romance. A great read for anyone who enjoys history, England, the Tudor era,and intrigue. You don’t want to miss this thrilling and intriguing story of the Two Queens. Received for an honest review from the publisher.



REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy My Book Addiction and More

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