" Still working on this one. I really want to become engrossed in this book, but I'm having a really hard time. There are so many people being discussed (at about 50 pages in, I haven't read much about Lucrezia herself), and it's very difficult to keep straight who is who, which makes it difficult for me to really care. This has several good reviews on here that have convinced me to not give completely up on it yet, but there are just as many reviews that concur with my opinions on the dryness and large scope of the text. So I'm not giving up, but I'm also not sure that I'll be able to finish. It feels like homework that I've assigned myself, and I haven't felt like I was doing homework in a long time. "
— Miranda, 1/30/2014