The novel, Prince Lorenzo Borghese's The Princess of Nowhere, comes out in December from Avon. Pauline Bonaparte has been described as Napoleon I's favorite sister, and she seems to have been quite a fun-loving character. Just over two years ago, I posted the following info and comments on the original deal for the novel, which someone struggled (not very successfully) to fit into one sentence:
Lorenzo Borghese's THE PRINCESS OF NOWHERE: Antonio Canova's masterpiece sculpture of Pauline Bonaparte lies in the crux of this historical novel which centers on the romance and relationship of Camillo Borghese and Pauline Bonaparte in early 19th century Rome; the statue, presently at Galleria Borghese, depicts the extremely complicated and passionate woman that Canova, who was hired by Camillo, witnessed, to Lucia Macro at Avon, by Ian Kleinert at Objective Entertainment.Well, I've been told otherwise. According to the publicity sheet, the novel's author and the former Bachelor star are one and the same, though his Wikipedia entry hasn't yet been updated to include the novel. This is where I reveal my secret vice. I've been watching The Bachelor and The Bachelorette since the first season, when I cringed in horror that Alex dumped Trista for Amanda (ugh). It's all very hokey, and the show becomes more scripted each time, yet I continued watching since it was entertaining. At least until this summer's season of The Bachelorette, which I decided was just too idiotic... I do have standards. Anyway, I never thought my worlds of historical fiction and silly reality TV would ever cross, but it seems they have.
One of the recent stars of ABC's The Bachelor has the same name as the author above. I'm assuming they're different people (though likely related to one another) unless someone tells me otherwise.
According to a family tree within the ARC, the author is a direct descendant not of Pauline herself, but of her husband's brother, Francesco Borghese. I won't be reviewing it here (this copy's destined for another reviewer) and while it's a far cry from literary fiction, the writing seems competent enough.
Anyone planning to read it? Perhaps someone could even review The Princess of Nowhere alongside Kate Pullinger's The Mistress of Nothing (out from Touchstone in January).