The Scribe of Siena: A Novel by Melodie WinawerThe Scribe of Siena: A Novel by Melodie Winawer

The Scribe of Siena: A Novel

byMelodie Winawer

Hardcover | October 30, 2018

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“Like Outlander with an Italian accent.” —Real Simple

“A detailed historical novel, a multifaceted mystery, and a moving tale of improbable love.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Readers of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring…will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena” (Library Journal, starred review) in this transporting love story and gripping historical mystery.

Accomplished neurosurgeon Beatrice Trovato knows that her deep empathy for her patients is starting to impede her work. So when her beloved brother passes away, she welcomes the unexpected trip to the Tuscan city of Siena to resolve his estate, even as she wrestles with grief. But as she delves deeper into her brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a 700-year-old conspiracy to decimate the city.

As Beatrice explores the evidence further, she uncovers the journal and paintings of the fourteenth-century artist Gabriele Accorsi. But when she finds a startling image of her own face, she is suddenly transported to the year 1347. She awakens in a Siena unfamiliar to her, one that will soon be hit by the Plague.

Yet when Beatrice meets Accorsi, something unexpected happens: she falls in love—not only with Gabriele, but also with the beauty and cadence of medieval life. As the Plague and the ruthless hands behind its trajectory threaten not only her survival but also Siena’s very existence, Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love.
Title:The Scribe of Siena: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.2 inPublished:October 30, 2018Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1501152254

ISBN - 13:9781501152252

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I really enjoyed this book. The writing style the bits of Latin and Italian. I felt that I was truly in Medieval Italy and didn't want the story to end.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Romance and Time travel This is getting some comparison to Outlander and while certain plot points do echo Gabaldon's book (woman with medical training travels through time, finds romance, and obstacles to survival) I believe the similarities end there. The Scribe of Siena is an enjoyable read but without the passion - both romantic and violent - that made Outlander memorable but if you like a gentler read this might be the time-travel romance for you
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A time travel into 14th century Siena Here's another fantastic Italian historical fiction tale. And it sure didn't disappoint. Imagine a modern day neurosurgeon with a passion for Italian medieval history travelling back into time, to the ancient city of Siena, where she discover a plot to destroy that city. Now, my opinion of time travel tales is that it's often hard for the author to pull it off so that it's believable. Melody Winawer definitely succeeded in creating such a credible, authentic story. An ancient mystery, passionate romance, intrigue, and murder grace this novels pages. There is much for everyone to enjoy. The main character is intelligent but with plenty of heart. When she stumbles upon true love in medieval Siena, she must decide whether to stay or return. Credible characters, brilliant descriptions, and a lovely writing style make this a highly enjoyable read where one can lose themselves within its pages. I highly recommend this novel, especially if you are a lover of Italian historicals like I am. A real treat!
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Overall for me this was an interesting read, I really enjoyed the time spent in Siena in the 1300's there was so much to learn and I am so glad the author paid attention to detail it really added to the story. Glad I picked up this book.
Date published: 2017-06-08

Editorial Reviews

The Scribe of Siena is one part historical mystery and one part love story with a captivating dose of art mixed in for good measure. If that weren't enough, it all comes together in that most evocative of settings: Siena, Italy. Winawer's smart debut is a joy to read!"