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Nest of Ashes (The Phoenix Trilogy: Story of Jane Seymour, #1)

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Published August 6th 2020
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Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’ve always loved historical fiction and have two favourite periods that never fail to catch my attention. The first is WWII and the other is The Tudors. As author Gemma Lawrence states, there is so little told about Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII. It’s a huge understatement to say I was intrigued as to how she would portray a story based on someone about whom so little actual “history” is known. Indeed, following Anne Boleyn as Henry’s queen must surely have been a daunting time for ...more
Terry Tyler
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved, loved, loved this book. Best so far this year!

I was so intrigued to see how Gemma Lawrence would portray Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII, as relatively little is known about her. Traditionally, she is the meek and mousey one, the antithesis of the charismatic, sophisticated Anne Boleyn, the biddable daughter of the proud Seymour family of Wolf Hall (Wulfhall), minimally educated (she could barely read). Ms Lawrence has brought her to life. In Nest of Ashes we see a timid girl,
Dec 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
One of those I Tried to Read It But Gave Up. Don't get me wrong, G. Lawrence is very good at what she does, if you like long, dragged out, very descriptive descriptions. She is very good at describing, but she goes a little too long and I found myself skimming over many pages. One particular instance - when she was telling about Jane's relationship with the house cat that went on, and on, and on. I'm not sure how many pages in print (I was reading it on Kindle), but if I had to guess - 2 to 2 1/ ...more
Pauline White
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A woman who never stood out. The authors empathy for her subject is apparent in this first of the trilogy of Jane Seymour. I always blamed Jane as one of the reasons for Anne boleyn being beheaded. How could you marry a man who murdered both of his previous wives and numerous aristocrat and courtiers, although I think that maybe she didn't have a lot of choice she is complicit. For the first time I saw things from her point of view and it has rounded out her character making her a person and
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it

There is a lot of info-dumping throughout as Lawrence attempts to cram in absolutely everything about the people, every day life, and political events of the Tudor era. It doesn't quite work since Jane is the narrator and she seems too well informed as well as seems to know what a modern audience would need explained to them.

However, the overall themes of birds and fire, drawing from the real life symbols of the time, worked excellently, and I do look forward to more exploration of that in the n
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great read with beautiful descriptions of Wiltshire countryside and life in Tudor times. The author gives an interesting, captivating and vivid portraying of Jane Seymour's personality based on the little known about her childhood up to her time at Katherine of Aragon's court. Mostly fiction since so few facts are known, the author's version of Jane however might explain her later behaviour and role in Ann Boleyn's demise. This is why I am going to start reading now the second book of the tril ...more
jeannette Dooley
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I really enjoyed the author’s Jane Seymour character. She made Jane more real then any other author I have read about Jane. You can maybe understand how she could have become Henry’s Queen. The author made it appear there is much more to Jane then just a passive woman of her times that was used by her family. This Jane May have actively participated in tumbling Ann Boleyn’s reign. A good read.
Christine Cazeneuve
Nov 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Not quite my cup of tea

This is a story about Jane Seymour prior to her becoming Queen and married to Henry the VIII. It tells of her childhood and up to her becoming a lady in waiting to Queen Katherine. I did find myself skipping through because there was just too much narrative for me. I prefer dialogue or at least a balance. It was just okay for me and I am not sure I will read the second book when it's released.
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read

I originally thought I was not going to like this book, however by chapter 3 I had a totally different opinion. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to see a more personal version of Jane. Ms. Lawrence did an amazing job with her storytelling! Can’t wait to read book 2
Krista C
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love G. Lawrence!

I really enjoyed this perspective on Jane Seymour. I also think there was more to her than being a meek, mild and obedient woman. I think so many of the female characters were spot on, at least to me. Can’t wait to read the rest! Please keep writing!
Lois Anne Slater
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good book as always!!

I really enjoy Gemma's books about the Tudors. Her books are well written. Jane Seymour is my least favourite and usually I don't really like books about her but this one was very good.
M PPalmer-Brown
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent read

A Very interesting read even if mostly fiction. The portrayal of Jane Seymour's early days fascinated me and showed the author has an imagination which might or might not be nearer the truth. Who knows.
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Interesting Perspective on Jane Seymour

Most novels about her don't delve into her childhood so deeply. This was really fascinating because it showed how she became so quiet and meek.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A book about the Tudor Queens I had no yet read...

I was delighted to find that this book is part of a series! Jane Seymour was the least interesting of Henry VIII’s wives to me. This book has shed some new light on her & made me want to learn more. Even if it is just fiction
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cannot wait for the next one!
Karen Hackett
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book!
Jen Miller
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Can’t wait for Book Two!
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I am an independently published author, and proud to be so. Living in a little cottage in Wales in the UK, I love where I live as much as I love to write.

The age of the Tudors has been an obsession for me since I was a child, and many of my upcoming books will center on that time, but I also pen the odd dystopian fiction or historical fiction from other time periods. I will be releasing all my tit

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