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Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Scarlet Contessa

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian RenaissanceThe Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian RenaissanceThe Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance
Author:  Jeanne Kalogridis
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press
Publication Date:  July 6, 2010

Donated by:  Lori (Lori's Reading Corner)

This vividly rendered historical takes readers to tempestuous Renaissance Italy, where city-states and noble families battle for supremacy over Italy and, through the papacy, the world. Caterina Sforza comes into power by marrying the illegitimate son of Pope Sixtus, and while her husband is slothful and suspicious, Caterina is clever and ambitious, allying herself with powerful men to ensure her family's success throughout tumultuous times. Always by her side is her confidante, Dea, who has a gift for reading tarot cards, and, as our narrator, relates Caterina's struggles and schemes against a lush backdrop swarming with the most powerful families of the day--the Borgias and the Medicis, though these players, unfortunately, feel mostly like window dressing. Seeing the world through Dea's eyes only makes the reader yearn more to know what Caterina, who remains too much a mystery, is thinking. There's plenty of intrigue and conspiracy in the lusty plot, but the characters don't quite sing.

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Cackleberry Homestead said...

Crystal F

Katy said...

Katy F.

Marcie said...

Marcie Turner

Lori's Reading Corner said...

Mailing tomorrow - DC # 9102128882300295454142

Katy said...

I picked up the book from the PO today!

Katy said...

I printed out the label today and the book will be in the mail tomorrow! Here's the DC#: 9102 1501 3471 1340 4071 73

Katy said...

And here's my review!

Marcie said...

received book today Sept 14, 2010

Marcie said...

I mailed the book on Tues. The DC# is 0308 2040 0000 2743 2274
I'm sorry I posted this so late.

Marcie said...

My review for the Scarlet Contessa:

Jennifer said...


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