“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!”
“There’s a romance element, there are political elements, there’s family strife, and there’s humor in this book. There are also multiple twists and turns towards the end, which of course I can’t elaborate on – wouldn’t want to give anything away! Overall, this was a refreshingly different Tudor novel, centered around a family that don’t often star as the main characters in fiction, and spanning enough people and places to make you feel like you were getting multiple books in one.”
Wow, A Phoenix Rising is one of the most intricate historical fiction books I’ve ever read. Vivienne Brereton takes a tumultuous time in European history and breaths new life into it. Her research is impeccable as is her description narration. The suspense kept me riveted as I whipped through the pages. I was amazed this is her debut novel, for it reads like a bestseller.
I love how Vivienne Brereton has captured history and the people in this beautiful debut novel quite well. She has made them come alive for me once again. Not too many authors can accomplish what this one has done. The action packed book with secrets, recipes, and lots of twists and turns that some of it kind of made my head swim until I figured out what was going on. Once I figured out what was what it was smooth sailing from there.
Based on real life events, Brereton was able to brilliantly create an exciting historical fiction based on well known players in the British Isles and Europe in the 1500's. I thoroughly enjoyed the bonus of incorporating recipes in the book that have been tried by the author herself - such as Pottage, Cakes and Minced Pie to name a few. This book carries a lot of the themes that are similar to what we would encounter in present day such as power, trust, betrayal and love. An enjoyable book, and Book 2 cannot come soon enough.
“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.”