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The Serpent and the Pearl by Kate Quinn
Rome, 1492. Young Carmelina Mangano has fled Venice for the Holy City with nothing but her clothes and a sacred relic in her possession, hoping to be taken in by her cousin, Marco Santini, who was once her fathers apprentice. Carmelina, too, learnt the skill and craft of fine cooking in her fathers kitchen, though as a woman she could never have hoped to make a living from it, only a reasonable marriage. Her cousin is the head chef for a grand lady, Madonna Adriana, who has organised a wedding between her young son, Orsino Orsini, and eighteen-year-old Giulia Farnese, one of the most beautiful girls anyone has ever seen, with golden hair almost down to her toes.

The wedding is… Read more
Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly Swerling
Bristol House: A Novel by Beverly Swerling
When the Shalom Foundation, run by billionaire American Jew Philip Weinraub, approaches Dr Annie Kendall with a proposition she can't refuse, little does she realise just what the three-month research project she's signed up for will entail. The proposition is quite simple: go to London and research the so-called Jew of Holborn, a Jew who lived in hiding during the Cromwell years (1535 in particular), who found a treasury of ancient Jewish artefacts and later distributed them to synagogues across Europe. Her task is to corroborate this theory and even locate the source of the treasure, "but simply proving that such things found their way to England will be a remarkable coup," as Weinraub… Read more
Marked: A House of Night Novel by P. C. Cast
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
16 year old Zoey has a crappy home life, an almost-ex-boyfriend who drinks too much, a best friend who's shallow and a geometry test tomorrow. But all this matters for naught when she is Marked by a Vampyre Tracker and must move to the House of Night school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for four years while her body undergoes the Change into a Vampyre - or rejects it and she dies.

This is a new and original take on the Vampire legends, and mixes in matriarchy and goddess-worship with pleasing effect. Zoey becomes marked in a special way - the Goddess Nyx has given her a special responsibility and added gifts; which she'll need, because something's not right at the House of Night, and her… Read more