Nectar by Lily Prior
A Novel of Temptation

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Ramona Drottoveo, an albino, is a chambermaid at a lush Italian estate. Distinguished by the intoxicating scent she exudes, Ramona is despised by all women and adored by all men, whose inexhaustible lust she eagerly satisfies. Life changes when her husband dies after discovering his bride with another man on their wedding night. Blamed for his death, Ramona and her lover are exiled to the neighboring city of Naples. There, Ramona's life is transformed once again by the birth of a daughter, Blandina, who "steals" her mother's scent. No longer able to seduce men into blind submission, Ramona humbly returns to the estate to an unexpected welcome -- and revenge.

A hilarious and naughty celebration of the senses and the strange places they can lead us, Nectar explores the mystery of sexual attraction and the frivolous nature of divine justice.

 

About Lily Prior

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Lily Prior is the author of "La Cucina, Ardor, " and "Nectar" and she divides her time between London and Italy.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 276 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Ramona, vain and tone-deaf, fancies herself an opera singer, and although she and her poor new beekeeper husband, Rinaldo Buffi, have no money, she covets new clothes and good food.

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The elderly Signor of la Casa, where she works as a chambermaid, regularly has his way with her, but Ramona decides to marry the lowly beekeeper on the estate so she can quit her job and loaf.

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When the superstitious workers at an Italian estate where Ramona is employed as a maid become convinced that her hussy ways have resulted in a curse, Ramona and her bedraggled husband flee to Naples, where she dementedly dreams of being an opera star.

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