Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Must Read

A month ago I finished reading The Second Duchess by Elizabeth Loupas and it's been on my mind ever since.  Seriously.  I haven't been able to stop talking about how amazing it is.  I was so incredibly sucked into the story and so sad when it ended, that I wanted to turn back to the first page and start it again.

So, it's a good day for you, since it's now in bookstores!  Happy Release Day to Elizabeth!

In a city-state known for magnificence, where love affairs and conspiracies play out amidst brilliant painters, poets and musicians, the powerful and ambitious Alfonso d'Este, duke of Ferrara, takes a new bride. Half of Europe is certain he murdered his first wife, Lucrezia, the luminous child of the Medici. But no one dares accuse him, and no one has proof-least of all his second duchess, the far less beautiful but delightfully clever Barbara of Austria.


At first determined to ignore the rumors about her new husband, Barbara embraces the pleasures of the Ferrarese court. Yet wherever she turns she hears whispers of the first duchess's wayward life and mysterious death. Barbara asks questions-a dangerous mistake for a duchess of Ferrara. Suddenly, to save her own life, Barbara has no choice but to risk the duke's terrifying displeasure and discover the truth of Lucrezia's death-or she will share her fate.

9 comments:

Abby Stevens said...

Thanks for the rec, Suzie! I just added it to an Amazon order. It's going to arrive with my copy of LIKE MANDARIN. I'm excited for both! ;)

Slush said...

Add to my must read list... I have a lot for 2011.

Barbara Kloss said...

Adding to my list too...thanks!!

TirzahLaughs said...

Is it more romance or more historical thriller or just a historical?

Jordan McCollum said...

Oh, I've heard about this one—a take on Rebecca. That alone makes me want to read it!

suzie townsend said...

Tirz,

It's historical. There's a hint of romance and there's definitely a mystery going on, but it's more firmly a historical.

Debra L. Schubert said...

The bad news it, this sounds like a winner (and I mean that in the most un-Charlie Sheen-like of ways.) Looks like I'll be adding another book to my TBR pile...

Nikki said...

OOh! A historical. I'm intrigued and I'll add it to my ever-growing pile. I just converted another closet to bookshelf space. Is it time for an e-reader? Sigh. ;)

Sarah E. Bradley said...

How interesting, looks like another book to add to my goodreads to-read list.

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1. I drink so much orange soda, it's probably running through my veins. I've been known to go through a twelve pack of diet sunkist in a day.

2. I'm legitimately nocturnal (or a vampire). I will be so exhausted at two pm that I'm falling asleep standing up - it has happened before, at Six Flags no less - but as soon as the sun goes down I'm wide awake.

3. I have a gorgeous unused $6000 Reem Acra wedding dress hanging in my closet, and it showed up on my doorstep the same day my (now ex) fiance broke up with me. And thank God for that. I wouldn't have wanted to waste that dress on him.

4. Social anxiety plagues me daily. I write a script and practice in front of the mirror when I have to make a phone call, but most people who interact with me have no idea how nervous I am (or perhaps they lie) because I've worked so hard to try to overcome it.

5. I'm actually worried that I will never love my children (when I do have them in the far off future) as much as I love my dogs. I just like animals better than people - they're sweet and innocent and soft and furry - is that so wrong?