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The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance

The Scarlet Contessa: A Novel of the Italian Renaissance - Jeanne Kalogridis This one was hard to get through, I invested so much time that I felt I had to finish but I wanted to quit every time I opened the book. First of all, the names are ridiculously confusing. Second, the character of Dea was completely unbelievable. She finds out the man to whom she was married was her brother and her exact words are (I kid you not) "Oh my dear brother". There is no way that anyone who had been married, consummated or not, would not freak out at the revelation that your now dead husband was your long lost brother. After this point, I lost interest and started questioning everything the characters did and said. The only character I enjoyed was Caterina and I think the book would have been much more powerful if written from her point of view.