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LESSONS OF DESIRE
MADELINE HUNTER
ISBN# 9780440243946
September 2007
Bantam Books
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Paperback
$6.99
416 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Lord Elliot Rothwell is a noted historian and often travels to Italy, but his business there is very different this time. He has to convince the beautiful and unconventional Phaedra Blair to edit her father’s memoirs in a way that leaves his family free from scandal.

Phaedra, the daughter of very unconventional parents, would love to live the unfettered lifestyle of her parents, but a very conventional government official has charged her and she finds herself imprisoned in her room in Naples.

Elliot and Phaedra both travel to Italy to seek answers to secrets in their families’ past. Circumstances bind them together for the duration of their stay and possibly beyond.

I enjoyed reading about the very conventional Elliot and the very unconventional Phaedra’s growing relationship. Phaedra is not as free as she would like to think she is and Elliot has depths that she is unaware of. Their time in Italy is very exciting and the reader will keep reading to find out what happens to this appealing couple in the end. The author captures post Republican Italy very well and paints a vivid picture of Naples, and the archeological dig at Pompeii, as well as the opportunists that preyed on the fashionable demand for artifacts. Ms. Hunter has written a very involving story.

Maura
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