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A Phoenix Rising
by Vivienne Brereton

Publication Date: July 7, 2019
Yuletide Press
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.”

“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

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This book was received as an ARC from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Author,

The House of the Red Duke is a series of historical novels set in Tudor times. A Phoenix Rising is Book One by the British author, Vivienne Brereton.

A stellar historical fiction centered around the famous Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk head of a prominent house in Tudor England.

King Henry VIII, has entrusted him to look after his kingdom while he travels to France to strengthen his friendship between himself and Francis I at the Camp du Drap d’Or. Field of the Cloth of Gold….

A massive extravaganza that took place in 1520 just outside the English Pale of Calais and Ardres, on French territory.

This sweeping saga storyline Is set between the year’s 1497 and 1520 and among 4 different European courts; England, Scotland, France and Hapsburg.

Thomas Howard, vowed long ago that he would restore the Howard’s fortunes, and he has. But Dame Fortune is a fickle mistress.

Thomas has secrets, eventually time will tell whether they will one day catch up with him. Maybe he should have paid more attention to what the old witch, Mairghread, all those years ago. Her predictions seemed to incredible to even believe at the time.. Are they actually coming true?

A Phoenix Rising, is a historical fiction masterpiece. If you are a fan of historical fiction this is a must read for you. Rich details of political intrigue, along an impressive cast characters woven into some of the most iconic historical People during this era of European history. Exquisitely written, seen through the eyes of multiple points of view, expanding over two decades.

The authors descriptive narration brings all the great and noble Houses to life

The House of Tudor, The House of Stewart, The House of Habsburg, The House of Valois, The House of Stafford, The House of Bullens (Boleyn), and of course The House of Howard.

Vivienne Brereton, delivers a compelling, intriguing, and well-written read here with absolutely fantastic characters that totally captivated and fascinated me. The strength of this novel handsdown is the author’s fabulous characterizations. Brereton, definitely shines when it comes to how interesting and fleshed out her well developed characters are. As titles and wealth rise and fall the nobles are like game pieces on a chess board during this chaotic turbulent time period.

I was completely enchanted by medieval recipes the author has included throughout the book. This along with exceptional atmospheric historical settings and entertaining dialogue, made for impressive debut novel.

The author paints a compelling portrait of the times during the Tudor dynasty, with in depth well researched historical facts mixed with her creative fictional characters. This was a fascinating book for me, I was enthralled from the first pages and it held my attention all the way through to the end.

Exceptional debut from Vivienne Brereton, a book I recommend to whoever is passionate about historical fiction.

I am patiently waiting for the next installment in the series.

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Map taken Vivienne Brereton website

Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk head of a prominent house in Tudor England.

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 jo

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Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, September 26
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Friday, September 27
Excerpt at Beady Jans Books
Review & Excerpt at Nursebookie

Saturday, September 28
Review at Reading is My Remedy
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Tuesday, October 1
Review at WTF Are You Reading?
Guest Post at On the Tudor Trail

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

Friday, October 11
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews


During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of A Phoenix Rising! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 11th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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