Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mailbox Monday

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A NovelThe Confessions of Catherine de Medici: A Novel, C.W. Gortner

"Catherine de Medici uses her natural and supernatural gifts to protect the French throne in Gortner's (The Last Queen) portrait of a queen willing to sacrifice happiness and reputation to fulfill her family's royal destiny. Orphan Catherine has her first vision at age 10, and three years later is betrothed to Henri d'Orleans, brother of the sickly heir to the French throne. She heads to France with a vial of poison hidden among her possessions, and after negotiating an uneasy truce with her husband's mistress, she matures into a powerful court presence, though power, she learns, comes at a price. Three of her sons become king in succession as the widow Catherine wields ever-increasing influence to keep the ambitious de Guise clan at bay and religious adversaries from murdering each other. Gortner's is not the first fictional reinterpretation of a historical villainess—Catherine's role in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre, for instance, is recounted in a way sympathetic to her—but hers is remarkably thoughtful in its insight into an unapologetically ruthless queen".

Devil's CubDevil's Cub, Georgette Heyer

"The Marquis of Vidal is a bad lot a rake and seducer, reckless, heedless, and possessed of a murderous temper. He is known by friend and foe alike as the "Devil's Cub." Yet as the handsome and wealthy heir to a Dukedom, he is considered a good prospect on the marriage market. Vidal currently has his eye on the young, lovely, and unintelligent Sophia Challoner, and Sophia's greedy mother is more than happy to encourage his dubious attentions. The colorful and eccentric characters fall over each other's plots, get involved in very peculiar coincidences, engage in colorful derring-do, and generally make life difficult for each other. Narrator Michael Drew manages to distinguish one character from another without the verbal gymnastics that the plot would seem to require, allowing the listener to concentrate on the Shakespearian plot and priceless dialog. Enthusiastically recommended for libraries where romance and/or Heyer are popular".
~Lizzy~

5 comments:

Mystica said...

Devils Cub was so good! You always have a nice mailbox.

Marg said...

I loved Devil's Cub! Have you read These Old Shades, which is about Vidal's father?

Kristin said...

I'm reading The Confessions of Catherine de Medici right now and am really enjoying it.

Check out my IMM post.

Pricilla said...

I loved The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

lizzy J said...

Mystica, ohh I must get to it sooner than if you enjoyed it that means it must be really good.

Marg, no I have not and I actually had it in my hand yesterday at the bookstore. The new re-prints of it are a funny size. They are like and inch shorter than the trade paperbacks. I will have to go back and get it asap.

Kristin, I hope you enjoy it like I did. I had a really hard time finding a good novel on Catherine de Medici before this one.

Pricilla, hehe that makes two of us for sure.

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