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5 stars for Beware the Lizard Lurking by @VivienneBreret1 #historicalfiction #tudor #bookreview
Title: Beware the Lizard Lurking (The House of the Red Duke, Book Two)
Author: Vivienne Brereton
Genre: Historical Fiction
Europe might be on the brink of war. But love is still very much on the minds of those in The House of the Red Duke. All will be well as long as they remember to beware the lizard lurking.
A secret wedding with uninvited guests.
A frozen Thames.
May Day celebrations to remember.
Opening this book, you find yourself transported to the early 16th century. You can feel the chill from the foggy London air. You can feel the warmth from the crackling fire. You can smell the 'smells' that were ever-present in that time period. That one of the smells is just a male from the Howard clan is another matter.
The author is gifted with scene creation. You get such an accurate description of a drawing room or a dining hall, you will think you are there. The life and times of the Court world are fully explored in this rich second book of this series.
If you find yourself addicted to watching a fictional show on sovereigns, you will have a royal time reading this book. Fans of a young person whose name is a female appellation of victory will love this book. Recommended to every fan of Court Life and Historical British Society.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Born between historic Winchester and Southampton in the UK, I have been passionate about the Tudors for as long as I can remember. This led to a degree in Medieval History at university, and the growing desire to write a novel.
However, life took over somewhat and only after stays, short and long, in six countries I called home did I finally settle down to finish my novel.
Words have always played an important part in my life, whether it's been writing, editing, teaching English, or just picking up a good book.
Having three sons came in very handy when I had to write about squabbles between the male characters in my novel. Not so handy when I took my boys to Hampton Court and one of them got lost in the maze!
Seeing 'A Phoenix Rising', the first book in the series 'The House of the Red Duke' in print for the first time was a moment of great joy for me. I hope anyone reading Beware the Lizard Lurking will enjoy the end result as much as I enjoyed writing it.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N