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Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand

March 14, 2008

primaveraLorenza, or Flora, as everyone calls her, has a very privileged life. Her parents generally neglect her, except when they’re planning her future, which Flora wants no part of. But she doesn’t have to worry about food or shelter or money, and she spends her days with her grandmother, a healer, and Emilio, a young guardsman. But Flora is also the youngest child of the Pazzi family. The Pazzis had been a powerful and influential family in Florence until the rise of the Medici, and Flora’s parents want their old status back. Her mother is determined to marry off Flora’s sister Domenica to Giuliano de Medici, while her father conspires with Girolamo Riorio to assassinate both Guiliano and his brother, Lorenzo. Either way, they figure, the Pazzis will come out ahead and will reclaim their old status.

Inspired by historical events, Mary Jane Beaufrand’s Primavera has just about everything I could ask for in a book, except for a historical note or further information about what actually happened. There’s intrigue, heartbreak, romance, a strong setting, and fantastic writing. Unlike other historical novels that are dense or difficult to read, there is an ease and effortlessness to Beaufrand’s writing that makes Primavera accessible even to readers who normally dislike historical fiction while bringing the setting to life vividly enough to satisfy fans of historical fiction. As others have mentioned, there are some rather violent and bloody scenes in the second half of the book, but it certainly fits with the story, not to mention history.

Also reviewed by:
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7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 14, 2008 2:45 pm

    My library has a copy that I am waiting for. Very excited to read it. Thanks for the heads up.

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    March 15, 2008 2:07 pm

    just wanted to say this site is awesome. was just introduced to it…so hi!

  3. March 16, 2008 9:09 am

    I’m with you on the missing historical note – I think I turned to Wikipedia as soon as I finished the last page.

  4. March 17, 2008 12:46 am

    Keishon – Hope you enjoy it.

    orangehands – Thanks!

    Sarah – Glad I’m not the only one. Is there any way we can make historical notes mandatory? 🙂

  5. March 17, 2008 1:47 pm

    I like your idea, Trisha! In the meantime, I’m going to find time to read The Montefeltro Conspiracy. (I will find time, I mean it! Let’s just not talk about how long that particular ARC has been waiting for attention.)


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