Nectar: A Novel of Temptation

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Romona Drottoveo, an albino with unusual looks, is a chambermaid at a lush Italian country estate. Distinguished by an intoxicating scent she exudes, Ramona is despised by women and worshipped by men whose inexhaustible lust for Ramona she satisfies, eagerly and repeatedly. Ramona's life changes when she marries a sweet beekeeper who dies after discovering his bride with a new lover on their wedding day. The superstitious villagers go on to blame Ramona and her lover when the beekeeper's body disappears and the crops fail, and they exile the couple from the estate to the neighboring city of Naples. There, we follow Ramona through her tragicomic misadventures where her life is transformed once again by the birth of her unwanted daughter, Blandina, who 'steals' Ramona's scent, depriving her mother of her only asset. No longer able to seduce men into blind submission, Ramona returns humbly to the estate to an unexpected welcome - and revenge.

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'A glorious confection of sensuality, mysticism and witty characters…Very entertaining' -- GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

'Hilarious…Like LA CUCINA, Prior's follow-up bursts with mouthwatering descriptions of sumptuous meals...Bottom Line: Smells like a winner' -- PEOPLE

'Think of her as Moll Flanders or Tom Jones, or perhaps the anti-Candide...there are surprising twists and turns in this picaresque work' -- WASHINGTON POST

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A new novel by the author of LA CUCINA set in Italy about a servant girl whose bewitching aroma drives all men who inhale it to the point of madness.

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