Book review: The Scribe of Siena, by Melodie Winawer

From the official blurb: “Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never ... VIEW THE POST >>

Summer in the Alps

The weather is finally getting (marginally) warmer, so it’s now the time to think of (or, at least, daydream about) summer holidays. Weeks on the seaside are all well and good, but, for me at least, nothing beats – the title kinda gave it away – a summer in the Alps. I must confess, I have not been particularly adventurous in this regard; for years I’ve always came to stay in the exact same ... VIEW THE POST >>

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 >>