His Last Duchess

His Last Duchess

by Gabrielle Kimm
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His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kimm

That's my last duchess painted on the wall...

Seduced by the hot sun and blinding passions of Renaissance Italy, sixteen-year-old Lucrezia de' Medici sees a gilded life stretching ahead. Her wealthy new husband handpicked her to be his bride, and his great castle in Ferrara will be her playground. But Alfonso d'Este, Duke of Ferrara quickly proves to be just as dangerous and mysterious as he is dark and handsome, and the stone walls of the castle seem to trap Lucrezia like a prison.

Only the duke's lover Francesca seems able to tame his increasing fury, as his desperate need to produce an heir drives him deep into precarious obsession. With her head full of heartbroken dreams, Lucrezia flees from him down a dangerous path that may cost her everything.

Step into the elegant world of the Robert Browning poem "My Last Duchess," as imagined by Gabrielle Kimm, where she brings to life the passions and people of sixteenth-century Tuscany and Ferrara. It is a chilling story of forbidden love and dark decadence that will haunt you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402261527
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 762,295
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Gabrielle Kimm is a graduate of the creative writing master's program at the University of Chichester. She is writing her second novel, The Courtesan's Lover, which features one of the characters of His Last Duchess as the heroine. www.gabriellekimm.co.uk

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His Last Duchess 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it. What it lacks in historical depth it makes up with drama and romance.
danja More than 1 year ago
Great book with great story line. Stayed up late to finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty good. I would recommend if you have some time on your hands. I liked the location/time period it was written for. I just kept feeling like something else should happen, so I guess it could use a little more depth. Some parts of it seemed out of place, and I found it hard to get through those parts. Overall, though, a nice story, with a decent ending.
LHRoman More than 1 year ago
The beginning started slow for me, but I like to give an author a couple chapters to lure me into finishing the entire book – and Gabrielle Kimm did that. I thought the mild start served a purpose; it shows Lucrezia’s innocence and gentle heart. As she matures, she maintains some of that innocence and discovers what she desires in life, and a spouse. Her husband, the Duke, is a dark character and becomes this ominous shadow that makes this romance different from many others I’ve read. Honestly, I had doubts about this story for a few chapters, but I was glued to this book for the last hundred or so pages and couldn’t put it down. I was surprised by the emotions this book invoked. I loved Lucrezia, her naivety, and compassion. The Duke made me uncomfortable, had me on constant alert, and became this character I despised. There were certain sections where I wondered why the author created these other characters, but I grew to care about each of them, and they were vital to the story. Gabrielle Kim did a magnificent job tying up all the loose ends and settling any “what happened to so-and-so” questions I had. Very good read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't make it thru 50 pages of this book. Who wants to read about a grown man trying to be with a 16 year old girl. So disgusting! I will be deleting this book out of my library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this. Very likable, realistic characters in a very detailed, lush setting. I completely lost myself in this world.
MsDollie More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed His Last Duchess by Gabrielle Kim and do recommend it for others. The characterization of Alfonso Estes is VERY dark .... a true villain against the heroine Lucrenzia. Good read.
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This was a good book! Gabrielle Kimm is a wonderful author who spins a great historical story. I did find times in the story where I begin to feel a little antsy...and wished she would push forward with the plot. But overall, a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story had great potential, but did not live up to it. There were many scenes in the book where I was very anxious to see what happened next, but disappointed when it just became long and "dragged" out and I just wanted it to be over! There was also a scene that was kinda "sick"- (ie. dead girl). The ending was also "short & sweet"; would liked to have seen more to "wrap it up" better, so to speak. I would give this author a 2nd try (if it's free) to see if there were improvements to her writing.
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The ending was pretty disappointing. Not my favorite, but not bad.
jwilliams3 More than 1 year ago
I dont usually bother writing reviews. But I really enjoyed this book. And I'll deffinently read more by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HISTORICAL FICTION IS ALWAYS A FUN READ AND THIS ONE IS NO EXCEPTION
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was difficult to put down. Alfonso both intrigued and disgusted me. I enjoyed learning about this time period through the light of these historical characters.
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This is the first book I've read of Gabrielle Kimm, but won't be the last! It was a page-turner -- I couldn't wait to see what happened next. I thoroughly enjoyed His Last Duchess.
SpyderRyder More than 1 year ago
Good historical romance. Don,t care if the setting is time period correct its a Novel not a History book. Well worth your time to read
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