This is a fascinating account of the history of The Castel du Mont, where the author grew up with the dubious honor of being the first legitimate child to be born there. The author presents us with a history of The Castel, interwoven with three different stories pieced together from many years of painstaking research and interviews with the old villagers. There is the story of Bianca, who has an affair with Percivalle, the son of her husband, Count Di Massimo; the story of Clara, the miller's daughter, who undergoes an "initiation" at the hands of the Padrone of The Castel and his priest, Father Francesco; and finally, we have the heart-breaking story of Roxanne and young Father Claudio.
Each story is an account of the sex, lies, and scandals surrounding the aristocracy of The Castel and senior members of church. There are a number of editing errors in the manuscript but, overall, it is very well-written and the author has a great style that lends itself to historical fiction.
A real-page turner, this one will leave you wanting more.
Warnings: sex scenes, violence.
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Full blog post: http://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-sins-of-castel-du-mont-by-rosemary-kohler.html