Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Josefina's Sin by Claudia Long
When she is invited to Viceroyal Court by the Marquessa, Josefina is torn. She wants to go as she has never gone anywhere but her home and her father's, but she doesn't want to leave her husband and her young sons. But Manuel thinks it will do her good and encourages her to go. Angelica tries to teach Josefina the ways of the court, but Josefina learns more on her own by learning from her mistakes.
However, the Marquess desires Josefina to warm his sheets, but she is adamant about staying true to her husband. But when the Bishop of Puebla makes his presence known, Josefina's desires bloom into passion. She had known the Bishop when she was a young girl and his stories and voice always drew to her. Now, she cannot contain her passion and spirals into a secret affair.
She also is drawn to one particular nun, Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Sor Juana writes and speaks scandalous poetry by those that commission her. Her words can incite sensual feelings, hatred, love and envy. She begins to teach Josefina about the power of poetry, love and consequences.
Josefina's Sin is a richly woven tapestry of the Spanish Viceroyal Court of 17th Century Mexico with a fierce heroine finding her way through a changing and confusing world. The details are impeccably wrought and the characters are unique and complex, carving their own paths that lead to an unpredictable outcome. Suspenseful, passionate, historically rendered and hard to put down, Josefina's Sin is an amazing debut!