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Reading Francesca proved to frahcesca such a long, horrific process for me, I began to wonder how in the world it ever got published, even if the writer is one of the founding mothers of the romance genre. I should have checked the history before taking on this book.

But a family friend arranges for Francesca to be one of three possible brides to Rafaello Cesare, the heir of the Duke of Terreno Boscoso. Traveling all alone, she gets lost in the forest for about two pages only to emerge and obtain instant employment as a serving wench at an inn even though she has never so much as brushed her own hair.

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She spends the winter learning the wenching trade and flirting with the mysterious huntsman Carlo, who does his best to seduce Francesca. Rafaello and Francesca wed, have florid sex, decide that they dig each other, and begin to work on fulfilling their duty of producing an heir while facing invaders from France. If so, she certainly benefited from my general ignorance back then of how good romance novels can be.

Every single thing that could be wrong with this book is wrong with it. In fact, I imagine that Francesca is the book that would result if written by a person who has never read a single romance novel in their entire life yet claims that they are all poorly written, formulaic tripe and works hard to fulfill that delusion.

Recovering from the vertigo, I then had to adjust to dialogue so stilted and expositional it read like a parody of a novel. Contractions were a rarity, meaning that everyone sounded as if they had just learned to speak English. The villains are so two dimensional and predictable as to be an insult to Snidely Whiplash.

This was a story told, not shown. Solutions popped up out of nowhere when they were needed to move things along.


If none of the above conveys the horribleness that was this read, I will warn frqncesca that it does not end happily, at least not by conventional romance novel standards. In fact, I would say that the ending moves Francesca off the shelves of true romance novels and on to the historical fiction with a strong and I use that word lightly romantic element.

Francesca: The Silk Merchant’s Daughters

Stand warned, you might be tempted to throw the book against the wall. You may be wondering why I went with a D- instead of an F grade on this one.

I never felt like it insulted my intelligence because this book never asked me to employ any intelligence in the first place. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jenna Harper Review Date: June 4, Publication Date: D- Sensuality Hot Book Type: European Historical Romance Review Tags: Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment.