The Scribe of Siena: A Novel

The Scribe of Siena: A Novel Author Melodie Winawer
ISBN-10 1501152254
ISBN-13 9781501152252
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 464
Language English
Publisher Touchstone
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Will remind historical fiction readers of Diana Gabaldons Outlander and Tracy Chevaliers Girl with a Pearl EarringLovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena Library Journal starred review Winawers debut is a detailed historical novel a multifaceted mystery and a moving tale of improbable loveWinawer has created a prodigious vibrant tale of past and present that transports readers and fills in the historical gaps This is a marvelous work of research and invention Publishers Weekly starred review Equal parts transporting love story and gripping historical conspiracy debut author Melodie Winawer takes readers deep into medieval Italy where the past and present blur and a twenty first century woman will discover a plot to destroy Siena 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 brothers affairs she discovers intrigue she never imagineda 700 year old conspiracy to decimate the city After uncovering the journal and paintings of Gabriele Accorsi the fourteenth century artist at the heart of the plot Beatrice finds a startling image of her own face and 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 lovenot 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 Sienas very existence Beatrice must decide in which century she belongs The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant womans passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous traptesting the strength of fate and the bonds of love

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