Author: Melodie Winawer
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: Touchstone / Simon & Schuster
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.
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 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.
Thank you so much to Simon & Schuster for sending an ARC copy in exchange for my honest opinion. As well as including me in the Timeless Tour (link can be found here!).
I absolutely love any book that has to do with time traveling to the past or future, so when I received this book, I dropped everything and started to read it. Winawer has done her research and is able to take readers back in time and experience the hardships that many had faced.
With many of the other books that have been included in this Blog Tour, the female character again takes hold and controls the tale. It is different to read a book such as this one from a female perspective, but it encompasses many different thoughts that would not have been possible with a male point of view. Beatrice Trovato is a strong female that is not afraid to challenge those around her. Starting as a neurosurgeon and later a Scribe in the past, she is able to accomplish it all.
Not only revolving around the past, The Scribe of Siena has also a twist of romance in it, along with incorporating the past challenges with knowledge from the future *cough* the plague *cough*.
The only question I had was how Beatrice was able to tell/travel the future or the past. It was an odd gift that was not fully explained in the storyline. Other than that, the tale is perfectly told and includes a variety of novel genres.
The story is beautifully and historically told, the intrinsic details build upon each other and provide a strong backdrop to a conspiracy that will keep you reading.