Book Review: In the Name of the Family, by Sarah Dunant

From the official blurb: “It is 1502 and Rodrigo Borgia, a self-confessed womaniser and master of political corruption is now on the Papal throne as Alexander VI. His daughter Lucrezia, aged twenty-two, already thrice married and a pawn in her father's plans, is discovering her own power. And then there is Cesare Borgia: brilliant, ruthless and increasingly unstable; it is his relationship with ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book review: The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence by Alyssa Palombo

If Renaissance Florence is your kick, if you like to read about women otherwise relegated to the footnotes of history, and if you like your books with a hint of forbidden passion, then  is a historical fiction must-read for you. From the : “A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. ... VIEW THE POST >>

Book review: Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King

From the official blurb: “On a blistering day in the twenty-sixth year of Augustus Caesar’s reign, a young chef, Thrasius, is acquired for the exorbitant price of twenty thousand denarii. His purchaser is the infamous gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, wealthy beyond measure, obsessed with a taste for fine meals from exotic places, and a singular ambition: to serve as culinary advisor to Caesar, an ... VIEW THE POST >>