A Phoenix Rising
by Vivienne Brereton
Publication Date: July 7, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 339 pages
Series: The House of the Red Duke (Book 1)
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
“If I have anything to do with it, we Howards will live forever.”
Thomas Howard Charismatic head of one of the most powerful Houses in Tudor England. An indomitable old man approaching eighty: soldier, courtier, politician, a ‘phoenix’ rising from the ashes. After a calamitous period of disgrace, the Howards, renowned for their good looks and charm, are once more riding high at the court of Henry VIII.
Set against the backdrop of the extraordinary 1520 ‘Field of Cloth of Gold’, it is a tale of ambition, love, and intrigue, with Thomas at the centre of this intricate tapestry
Will Thomas’s bold vow be fulfilled? Danger stalks the corridors of the royal courts of Europe. Uneasy lies the head beneath a crown. Every other ruler – a fickle bedfellow…or sworn enemy.
The action takes place in England, Scotland, and France. On either side of the Narrow Sea, four young lives are interwoven, partly unaware of each other, and certainly oblivious to what Dame Fortune has in store for them.
“Nicolas de La Barre laid his lute to one side, hardly bothering to stifle a yawn of boredom. Nevertheless, he couldn’t escape the fact he’d agreed to take on a new wife….”
Explosive family secrets are concealed behind the ancient walls of castles in three lands. But… “There are no secrets that time does not reveal.”
I haven’t read any Tudor historical fiction for quite a while, and it was almost like being back amongst old friends when I began reading this. We’re following Thomas Howard, the head of his household, as we travel back and forth in time and space, hearing his side of the tale as Henry VIII and his court plan and head off to the legendary Field of Cloth of Gold. The Dukes of Norfolk are prominent members of Tudor society, and this covers the experiences of the 2nd Duke, a man who served four monarchs, and was at the peak of court life.
The writing here really captures the world, the people, the beliefs and the general ‘feel’ of the time, and it was a delight to read. The recipes interspersed were also a fun addition, and definitely some that I fancy trying…
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to readers who like their historical fiction rich and full of detail.
From other reviewers…
“From the moment I picked this book up, I was enthralled and the story was so well written that I simply had to keep reading. Brereton weaves a fascinating story of several famous houses which lived during the Tudor age, including the Howards, Stewarts, Boleyns and of course the famous Tudors. If you are looking for a new fiction series that will draw you in and keep you wanting more than this is certainly the book for you!” – Sarah Bryson, author of ‘La Reine Blanche’.
“I really enjoyed it. I sometimes struggle with books written from the point of view of several characters, as this one is, but this one worked quite well because it had to be told from the points of view of different characters because it is spread across several countries – England, France and Scotland. The addition of Tudor recipes was a nice touch, and demonstrated that the writer had really done her research.” – Helene Harrison, Tudorblogger
About the Author
Born near historic Winchester in the UK, Vivienne Brereton has been passionate about the Tudors for as long as she can remember. This led to a degree in medieval history at university where she met her future husband. Three sons later and six countries she called home, she finally felt ready to write a novel.
Words have always played an important part in Vivienne’s life whether it’s been writing, editing, teaching English to foreigners, or just picking up a good book. In preparation for her novel, she read intensively on the skills needed to write well and did an enormous amount of research which she greatly enjoyed. Having three sons was helpful when she came to write about the characters, Tristan and Nicolas. All those squabbles she had to deal with came in very handy. She also used her husband and sons as guinea pigs for her Tudor cookery attempts with varying degrees of success (abuse).
Seeing ‘A Phoenix Rising’ in print for the first time was a moment of great joy for her and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she enjoyed writing it.
Blog Tour Schedule
Thursday, September 26
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, October 2
Excerpt at The Writing Desk
Thursday, October 3
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Friday, October 4
Review at Jessica Belmont
Monday, October 7
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, October 8
Review at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, October 9
Review at Red Headed Book Lady
Thursday, October 10
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
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