Synopsis: In 1492, when Ferdinand and Isabella expel the Jews from Spain, six year old Esther Sarfati finds herself travelling to Rome to join her father, a successful banker who has helped his fellow Spaniard, Rodrigo Borgia, finance his bid for the Papacy. Nine years later, as Pope Alexander VI, Rodrigore pays the favour by offering Esther a place in the household of his daughter, Lucrezia. Against her own better judgement, Esther converts to Christianity and enters Lucrezia’s service. Flattered by Lucrezia’s favour, seduced by the friendship of her cousin, Angela Borgia and swept off her feet by Lucrezia’s glamorous and dangerous brother, Cesare, she is drawn into a web of intrigue and deceit which will test her heart to its utmost and burden her with secrets she must carry to her grave. “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.”
Here’s the scoop. It comes out next month. But, I bet there are a bunch of you out there who’d like a chance to read it before everyone else. And here is how you can get your hands on it:
Post a comment with your email address AND tell me, why you would or wouldn’t go into service for the Borgias. Extra entries will be given for sharing this giveaway, just let me know how you shared it. If you ‘like’ my blogs page on Facebook, you’ll get an extra entry for that, too. This is going to be a short contest so Sourcebooks has plenty of time to mail the book to the winner – I’ll pick a winner on Friday, February 11.