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SINS OF THE HOUSE OF BORGIA
Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Bower brilliantly merges history with politics and convincing characters to draw readers into a lush and colorful tapestry of Renaissance life. This richly satisfying and fulfilling novel tugs at the heart as readers empathize with the heroine and come to understand the joy and pain of love. This powerful piece of fiction ranks with some of the finest of the genre; dazzling in backdrop and glimmering like the Borgia’s jewels.
A Jewess converted to Catholicism, La Violante becomes a lady in waiting to Lucrezia Borgia and follows her lady when she marries Alphonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. Before La Violante leaves she meets Lucrezia’s brother, Cesare, and knows in an instant that her fate is somehow tied to his. Know as cruel and ruthless he is also handsome, dashing and sensual. Though she realizes how dangerous a liaison with Cesare can be, La Violante cannot resist the sensual pull Cesare has over her. Their passion results in a child that is taken from her in a betrayal that nearly breaks her. But La Violante remains loyal until she discovers the shocking truth of how she has been used by those she loved and trusted. (SOURCEBOOKS, Mar., 544 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Kathe Robin
Published: March 2011