Survival Instinct by Janie Crouch

Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This is the 5th book in this series but can be read as a standalone book. This is actually my first book in the series and the author does a good job of explaining details. But even with that said I would think if this type of book starting from the beginning would help keep all the characters straight. This book is taken in the Tudor Period –during the unrest between Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. This period in English history is a time of great conflict between politics and religion and our author tells a convincing story amongst that conflict. Justine is a great character and shows great depth as she battles the problems of the day.

This is a historical based book and deals with conflict of the Tudor period. Lots of action and
problems of that time period –and if you are a fan of that time than this book is for you. I would
recommend that you start at the beginning –because there are lots of characters to keep track of. Not
my usual type of book but a great change of pace.

Rating: 3/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Lisa