March 2009 Indie Next List
“You will immerse yourself in London of 1471 in Figures in Silk, another gracefully intriguing blend of historical fact and fiction from the author of Portrait of an Unknown Woman.”
— Nicola Rooney, Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, MI
"Bennett's medieval England comes alive in ways a reader can immediately relate to, even while being transported away from the modern world."
--Christian Science Monitor The story of two sisters caught up in the maelstrom of historic events, Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett combines the fascinating art and history of silk making with political intrigue and a sweeping, unforgettable love story. A breathing immersion into a Tudor England torn asunder by the War of the Roses, Figures in Silk is historical fiction at its finest--a rare and welcome treat for readers captivated by the fiction of Tracy Chevalier, Sarah Dunant, Geraldine Brooks, Susan Vreeland, and the Boleyn novels of Phillipa Gregory.
“Vanora Bennett knows what drives her characters, both fictional and historical, and they seem as real and easy to relate to as your next-door neighbor. Bennett’s medieval England comes alive in ways a reader can immediately relate to, even while being transported away from the modern world.”
-Christian Science Monitor
“Readers of historical fiction will be pleased with Bennett’s sure-handed storytelling.”
“Describe(s) late medieval trade and artisanship in fascinating detail. Stands out for its engrossing storytelling, multidimensional characters, and intriguing interpretation of everyone’s favorite love-him-or-hate-him monarch, Richard III.”
“A substantial historical novel set in turbulent 15th century England. Ably explores themes of romance and politics.”
“A richly textured historical novel.”
-The Times (London)
“A splendid blend of romance and history.”