#111 ~ The Lost Diary of Don Juan

Today I am honored to host Douglas Carlton Abrams on his Pump Up Your Book Promotion blog tour.  Many thanks to the author and to Dorothy for inviting me to take part in this tour.

The Lost Diary of Don Juan by Douglas Carlton Abrams

The Inquisition is has definitely been at the forefront of my reading recently.  I stopped reading Melmoth the Wanderer when it was gearing up for the the Inquisition.  Immortal also focused on the topic as well.  The Lost Diary of Don Juan, which takes place in Spain in 1593, tells the story of Don Juan from the legend’s own standpoint.  His lifestyle and his initiation into passion made him a target of the powerful forces of the Inquisition in Seville.  This novel is by far the most enjoyable and satisfying of the books I’ve read dealing with this dark period of human history.

Don Juan is a legend that goes back to 1630.  He has been portrayed anywhere between a villain and a savior.  In Abrams’ novel, Don Juan sees himself as he writes in the diary he was given by the Marquis who took him under his wing and made him the man he was to become.  He sees himself as a man who gives lonely women the attention they need to know and understand their inner worth.  He enjoys his life and takes satisfaction in what he does for these woman, but he has no plans for marriage, even at the command of the King.  Because the women he seduces are generally overlooked wives or closely guarded virgins, Don Juan’s vocation often puts him in harm’s way, but it isn’t until he discovers that there is a woman who can save him that he is truly in danger.

Abrams wrote a delicious, swashbuckling, and sensual novel.  It contained just the right combination of levity and seriousness.  The tone kept the book from getting heavy.  Likewise, there was enough action to balance out Don Juan’s numerous libertine adventures.  As a result, Spain and Don Juan come to life in the pages and make this novel a most delightful read.


To buy this novel, click here.


  • At 2008.10.21 08:26, estellasrevenge said:

    Excellent review! I’ve seen this one mentioned here and there, and I wasn’t sure it was something I was interested in. Given your review, I think I might have to have it!
    Estella, thank you for your comments! I really think you would enjoy this one.

    Read more from estellasrevenge


    To read Estella’s Revenge, the e-zine, go HERE. Read the Estella blog, Tripping Toward Lucidity. Or maybe you’d like to take a look at Unlikely Activist, a social and environmental blog.

    • At 2008.10.21 08:54, bermudaonion said:

      I’ve never been too interested in this book, but your review just made me add it to my wish list. Swashbuckling and sensual – who can resist that!
      There may be many happy husbands, boyfriends, and – why not? – strangers after people read this book. ;) It may just bring out the libertine in us all.

      Read more from bermudaonion

      Review: Lola and Tattletale Zeke

      The adorable Lola is back, this time with her younger, but bigger, brother Zeke.  Every time Lola does something, like leave a toy outside, Zeke tells on her, even if it was an accident.   Lola doe[…]

      • At 2008.10.21 09:46, pumpupyourbookpromotion said:

        Thank you so much for the great review, Jennifer! And for being a perfect tour host!
        Thank you for the opportunity, Dorothy!

        • At 2008.10.21 09:48, Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit) said:

          I loved this book. Here’s my review:


          I will add a link to yours.
          Your review is great, Serena! Thanks for adding my link to yours. I need to start doing the same thing.

          Read more from Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

          Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

          Source: Public Library
          Hardcover, 452 pgs
          I am an Amazon Affiliate
          Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is a twisted rendition of The Wizard of Oz, with a lot of references to the classic movie of the s[…]

          • At 2008.10.21 10:24, Katherine said:

            Sounds excellent! On to my TBR pile (mountain) it goes.
            Katherine, I really like you’ll like this one. It’s easy to read and simply fun.

            • At 2008.10.21 10:34, zedque said:

              Hi Jennifer, so glad you liked the book! I work with Doug and am following his blog tour to see what people are saying. “Swashbuckling and sensual” — it doesn’t get much better than that! Many thanks.
              Thank you so much for stopping by. As you can tell, I really enjoyed the book. Please tell Doug that I say thanks for the fun.

              • At 2008.10.21 14:01, Matthew said:

                This is great review Jennifer! Until recently, I have shied away from any account, fictional or biographical, of Don Juan because of the libertine nature of his adventures. But I’ll give this one a go.

                Read more from Matthew

                [728] Claude and Camille – Stephanie Cowell

                ” When will people ever see that good art is living and real, intimate, and grand? That real beauty is in ordinary life? Not in a place built to the great grandeur of France and her immortal emp[…]

                • At 2008.10.21 14:27, Marg said:

                  I have this book on my TBR list to read at some point in time. Thanks for posting about it.

                  • At 2008.10.21 15:46, bookworm said:

                    This sounds like a great read, it reminds me of the film ‘Don Juan Demarco’ the one with Johnny Depp.
                    I hosted a blog tour this week too :)

                    • At 2008.10.21 17:42, fyreflybooks said:

                      Great review! I’ll be posting mine sometime in the next few days!

                      Read more from fyreflybooks

                      Robin LaFevers – Mortal Heart

                      1. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers (2014) His Fair Assassin, Book 3 Read my review of book: 1. Grave Mercy 2. Dark Triumph Read By: Jennifer Grace Length: 18 h 2 min (452 pages) Genre: Historical Ficti[…]

                      • At 2008.10.21 21:57, Shana @ Literarily said:

                        Jennifer, what a gorgeous review! Talk about mojo! Yours, that is, in relation to reviewing. Not Don Juan’s hehe.

                        I absolutely agree about this book. It is a delightful read.

                        • At 2008.10.22 18:07, Sher said:

                          I agree! Nice review!

                          I’m on the tour, as well. I’m posting on the 30th… although my post has been done for weeks!

                          I really liked this book!


                          • […] Reviews: Literarily, Savvy Verse & Wit, Bookish Ruth, The Bluestocking Society, The Literate Housewife Review, Kathleen’s Book Reviews Did I miss your review? Leave a comment with the link and I’ll […]

                            (Required, will not be published)

                            %d bloggers like this: