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Book Reviews: Borgia Bride

200352Almost uncanny timing, I just finished reading Borgia Bride – another book that was impossible to put down.

Set in the 1400’s – 1500’s, “Vivacious Sancha of Aragon arrives in Rome newly wed to a member of the notorious Borgia dynasty. Surrounded by the city’s opulence and political corruption, she befriends her glamorous and deceitful sister-in-law, Lucrezia, whose jealousy is as legendary as her beauty. Some say Lucrezia has poisoned her rivals, particularly those to whom her handsome brother, Cesare, has given his heart. So when Sancha falls under Cesare’s irresistible spell, she must hide her secret or lose her life. Caught in the Borgias’ sinister web, she summons her courage and uses her cunning to outwit them at their own game. Vividly interweaving historical detail with fiction, The Borgia Bride is a richly compelling tale of conspiracy, sexual intrigue, loyalty, and drama.” — Amazon

What isn’t included in this description are the factual happenings of the Papal family, ruling at the time.  Author Jeanne Kalogridis does a great job of intertwining a story with what has been historically recorded, producing a novel that both educates and entertains.  What’s more fun: Reading a story about my VERY distant relatives – the Aragons.

I highly recommend this book as another must-read that you will have a hard time putting down.

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