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The Borgia Confessions
by Alyssa Palombo
Expected Publication Date February 11, 2020, by St. Martin’s Griffin
From Goodreads: During the sweltering Roman summer of 1492, Rodrigo Borgia has risen to power as pope. Rodrigo’s eldest son Cesare, forced to follow his father into the church and newly made the Archbishop of Valencia, chafes at his ecclesiastical role and fumes with jealousy and resentment at the way that his foolish brother has been chosen for the military greatness he desired.
Maddalena Moretti comes from the countryside, where she has seen how the whims of powerful men wreak havoc on the lives of ordinary people. But now, employed as a servant in the Vatican Palace, she cannot help but be entranced by Cesare Borgia’s handsome face and manner and finds her faith and conviction crumbling in her want of him.
As war rages and shifting alliances challenge the pope’s authority, Maddalena and Cesare’s lives grow inexplicably entwined. Maddalena becomes a keeper of dangerous Borgia secrets and must decide if she is willing to be a pawn in the power games of the man she loves. And as jealousy and betrayal threaten to tear apart the Borgia family from within, Cesare is forced to reckon with his seemingly limitless ambition.
Alyssa Palombo’s captivating new novel, The Borgia Confessions, is a story of passion, politics, and class, set against the rise and fall of one of Italy’s most infamous families–the Borgias.
I read and enjoyed Alyssa Palombo’s previous novel, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, last Fall so I was happy to see that she has another novel due out soon. And what’s more, it’s a historical fiction story about the notorious Borgia family, who ruled Christendom in the late 1400s. I’ve read other novels about this family, and I’m looking forward to Palombo’s take on this slice of Italian Renaissance history. As I received an advanced eBook copy from NetGalley, so I’ll be getting to it a little sooner than February.