IN A TREACHEROUS COURT
Gallery Books, a division of Simon & Schuster
Rating: 4 cups
Susanna Horenbout is a Flemish artist. Her father sent her to England to work as King Henry VIII’s artist. A boat ride from Ghent to England and a stowaway on board cause Susanna to bring danger to the people she meets.
John Parker is the keeper of Westminster and King Henry VIII’s yeoman of Crossbows. Sent on a mission from the King to bring Susanna to court safely, Parker is met with more trouble than he could ever have imagined.
Susanna has been sent to England because her father feared she was going to seduce his blacksmith. As women artists are a rarity in the year 1525, her life is a rather lonely one. On board the ship, Susanna meets a man who leaves her with a message for the King before the stowaway dies in her arms. That message is filled with danger. Parker escorts Susanna from the docks and the trouble follows them on the journey this couple takes together. Parker’s knowledge of court and the men who surround the King only adds to the intrigue and danger surrounding the situation.
I adored the way the author brought real people from 1525 into In a Treacherous Court. Not all of the situations were real, but in that day and time, they are likely scenarios. As someone who positively thrives on stories from that age, I was highly impressed with Ms. Deiner’s knowledge and research. She spins a tale that kept me turning the pages wanting to know what would happen next. The reader is drawn deeper into the mystery and danger with each chapter. From cover to cover, I fell deeper in love with Parker and Susanna, and I think you will, too.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More