This is one of the first historical romance books I have read. It has forever changed the way I view historicals! Thank you, Michelle!
- Title: Keeper of the King’s Secrets
- Author: Michelle Diener
- Publisher: Gallery Books
- Release Date: April 3, 2012
- Category: Historical Fiction (Romance)
- Source: Won in a blog giveaway
Official Book Summary:
A priceless jewel. A royal court rife with intrigue. A secret deal, where the price of truth could come too high . . .
The personal artist to King Henry Tudor, Susanna Horenbout is sought by the queen and ladies of the court for her delicate, skilled portraits. But now someone from her past is pulling her into a duplicitous game where the consequence of failure is war. Soon, Susanna and her betrothed, the King’s most dangerous courtier, are unraveling a plot that would shatter Europe. And at the heart of it is a magnificent missing diamond. . . .
With John Parker at her side, Susanna searches for the diamond and those responsible for its theft, their every step dogged by a lethal assassin. Finding the truth means plunging into the heart of the court’s most bitter infighting, surviving the harrowing labyrinth of Fleet Prison—and then coming face-to-face with the most dangerous enemy of all.
So Many Reads Review:
This was the second book in a series (In a Treacherous Court being the first) and I liked this one even better. I think this is partly because I knew the characters this time and could keep up with everyone’s relationship. But, I also just loved the story in this one. Michelle does a fantastic job of storytelling, too. She gives you enough information to know a little more than the characters at times, but not enough to ruin the mystery for you. Just like her last book there are several villains in this story and sometimes it is hard to figure out who to trust and who is changing their mind about their original plans. It definitely pulls you in and keeps you reading.
I probably notice the romance more than anything in the books I read and I just love that John and Susanna together. They love one another so much. John does not hold Susanna back at all because she is a woman. He treats her with an amazing amount of respect and truly understands her. He loves her enough to do anything to protect her but also wants her to be happy and do what she loves. Susanna loves John enough to risk her life for him. She too lets him be who he is with no questions asked. They are always there to support one another. I hope at the end of the story they both got a couple of days worth of sleep as they both deserved it after the adventure they found themselves on in this book!
I found this book very hard to put down. There was one adventure after another and I just had to find out what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes historical fiction with suspense, mystery and intrigue! I suggest you go check it out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
If you lived among the same time period as The Tudors, what do you think your favorite thing about that era would be?