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Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower
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Feb 27, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: first-reads, historical-fiction, 15th-century, the-borgias, boo-hiss, uber-disappointment, skimmed-a-lot
Read from March 08 to 14, 2011 — I own a copy

In 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expel the Jews from Spain, and Esther Sarfati is forced to flee to Rome with her mother. Nine years later, she converts to Christianity and enters the household of Lucrezia Borgia as a lady-in-waiting. There, she gets to know the real woman behind the infamous duchess, and...

I can't tell you - that would ruin it.

According to the author biography, Ms. Bower holds an MA in Creative Writing, and it definitely shows. The writing is beautiful. It's the "everything else" I've got a problem with. Because the main character is a lady-in-waiting, the majority of the story consists of rather mundane household descriptions. Most of the real action seems to take place far away, and the reader is told about it from some secondary character (as are the main characters). For me personally, the main characters fell flat. If pressed, I probably couldn't differentiate one from another. Frankly, the only character who evoked a response from me was Angela, and the response was extreme annoyance.

I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately, I can't recommend it.

Note: This review is based on an ARC from the Goodreads Firstreads program.
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