The Second Duchess

by Elizabeth Loupas

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The Second Duchess Synopsis

This is a dazzling tale of love, sumptuous splendour and conspiracy in the Italian Renaissance court of Ferrara, from the brilliant author of The Flower Reader. Barbara of Austria is plain, quick-witted and sensible. She also desperately needs a husband, for unmarried at twenty-six, she is about to be packed off to a convent, like her sisters before her. So it is that she seizes what seems to be her last chance - a proposal of marriage from Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara, Lucrezia Borgia's grandson, clever, handsome, powerful - and widely believed to have murdered his first wife, Lucrezia de Medici. Barbara goes into her marriage clear-eyed, fascinated by her dangerous, enigmatic new husband - and increasingly - recklessly - driven to discover the truth about the death of his first duchess.

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The Second Duchess Press Reviews

Think The Other Boleyn Girl meets Rebecca -  C.S. Harris, author of the Sebastian St Cyr mystery series

 

The Second Duchess is one of those rare books that have everything; an engaging plot, well drawn characters, luxurious locations and a thrilling final denouement. This book will delight fans of historical fiction and offers something a little different from other books of the genre.  - Bookbag

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ISBN: 9780099576396
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780099576396
Publication date: 8th May 2014
Author: Elizabeth Loupas
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 432 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Elizabeth Loupas

Elizabeth Loupas lives near the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, half way between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. She hates housework, cold weather and wearing shoes. She loves gardening, animals and popcorn. Not surprisingly she lives in a state of happy, barefoot chaos with her delightful and slightly bemused husband.

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