Tuesday, February 18, 2020

BLOG TOUR: The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo

I'm really excited to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo. I received a free copy from the publisher for honest review. Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Alyssa Palombo for letting me be a part of this fun tour!

Title: The Borgia Confessions
Author: Alyssa Palombo
Published by: St. Martin's Griffin
Released: February 11, 2020
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

Synopsis: 'Under Palombo’s skillful hand, the entangled world of the Borgias comes vividly to life, exposing the dark facets of class structure and the all-consuming greed that comes with ambition--and love." - Heather Webb, internationally bestselling author of Last Christmas in Paris and Meet Me in Monaco 

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. (Synopsis from Goodreads)

My Thoughts: What an interesting foray into a history that I really knew nothing about. I really enjoyed The Borgia Confessions. I don't really know much about that time period or the people involved, but Alyssa Palombo's writing really created a vivid picture and brought it all to life. I feel like I learned something. 
It was full of politics and the quest for power. These characters weren't people that I really liked or enjoyed, but they were definitely believable and ruthless. I had a lot of fun being a fly on the wall to the Borgias. 
Alyssa Palombo really did a good job of bringing them to life and I could tell that she was really into her subject matter. I really liked her writing and being introduced to this notorious family. I'm definitely going to read more by Alyssa Palombo.
If you want to witness the Borgias, whether you are familiar with them or not, I'd definitely recommend giving The Borgia Confessions a read. It's a book where the story leaps off the page and you are immersed in the life and times of the Borgias. Italy will never be the same.

My name is Alyssa Palombo, and I am a writer living and working in Buffalo, NY. I attended Canisius College in Buffalo, where I majored in English and creative writing with a minor in music. I’m a classically trained mezzo-soprano who also dabbles in playing piano. When not writing, I can usually be found reading, hanging out and laughing way too hard at nonsensical inside jokes with friends, traveling (or dreaming of my next travel destination), at a concert, or planning for next Halloween. I’m a metalhead and a self-proclaimed French fry connoisseur. I also own way too many hoodies, pairs of sunglasses, and pajamas, but never enough books.

I am the author of four historical novels, The Violinist of Venice, The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence, The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, and the upcoming The Borgia Confessions, all from St. Martin’s Griffin. I am represented by Brianne Johnson of Writer’s House.

You can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @AlyssInWnderlnd.

Thank you for stopping by my Blog Tour Stop for The Borgia Confessions by Alyssa Palombo! Thanks so much to St. Martin's Griffin and Alyssa Palombo for letting me be a part of this fun tour.

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