Set in seventeenth century Spain, this book follows the stories of two women, born on the same day, but in very different circumstances. Francisca is the daughter of an impoverished silk farmer, accused of witchcraft and imprisoned by the Inquisition. Maria Luisa is the queen of Carlos II, and a niece of Louis XIV, miserable in her marriage and desperate to have a child. The author scrambles up history, over-focuses on the nastier aspects of the time, such as torture, a fixation on breast milk, and seeing how depraved and low everything is. I hated this novel and can only give it two stars. NOT recommended at all.
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