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Vol I, The Queen's Promise, 2018 from Severn House, London






Vol II,  

A Far Horizon 


The story of three courageous women and their struggles to survive during the bloodiest war ever fought on English soil. ​Their stories are very different and yet they are the same. Their lives become chaotic, their futures uncertain, their losses profound as families, home and kingdom break apart around them.



 January 19, 2019: Tennessee Author signing event, Coffee County Manchester library, Manchester TN. 10:00 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.  

February 7, 2019: Featured speaker for Women's National Book Association, Nashville Chapter 6:00 p.m. (Meets at Jonathan's Grill, Green Hills, Nashville.




The Illuminator, narrated by Simon Jones and winner of AudioFile's Award for Excellence, is now available on Audible.com https://www.audible.com


​​Praise for previous books

Publisher's Weekly calls The Illuminator "...enthralling..compelling...brilliantly sketched...absorbing, expertly  told..." (starred review) Library Journal says The Illuminator is a "remarkable first novel ...depicts this complex period with imagination and care." (starred review) Praise from Booklist: "Her details and deft storytelling create a luminescent and very readable portrait of a dark time in history."

Audiofile magazine honored The Illuminator with an AudioFile Earphones Award for the Audio Renaissance edition of the novel. Congratulations to Simon Jones for his excellent narration of the text. The recorded version is available in both cassette (unabridged) and CD (abridged) formats from Audio Renaissance.

Publisher's Weekly says "Vantrease tells an engaging story and paints a vivid picture of 15th-century Europe . . ." Kirkus Reviews calls THE MERCY SELLER an "engrossing follow-up to THE ILLUMINATOR." Library Journal says "The many readers who liked Vantrease's debut, THE ILLUMINATOR . . . will be pleasantly surprised by this satisfying sequel . . . The same lovely period detail and attention to historical realities of the first book are here maintained." BookPage says "By turns exotic, mystical, regal and romantic, the story surges forward to a satisfying end. Anyone with an interest in European or Church history, religious movements or book arts will find this novel addicting." The Nashville Tennessean says "(The Mercy Seller) vibrates with specific details and with characters who leap off the page and haunt the reader."

THE HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY says Brenda Vantrease is "an author who has a unique ability to build a story and develop characters"--(Editor's Choice Review)




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