The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

The Scribe of Siena

“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 Tus...

Details The Scribe of Siena

TitleThe Scribe of Siena
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Cultural, Italy

Reviews The Scribe of Siena

  • Frances
    Beatrice Trovato is a top notch neurosurgeon residing in New York. Recently during operations she would start to feel a hum inside her head and instinctively know if the patient was in distress even before the monitors did. Perhaps it was time to visit her brother Ben in Italy who had been asking her on numerous occasions to come for a visit. However, sometimes bad luck or fate arrives. After she booked her flight to Siena news arrived her brothe...
  • Angela M
    I went with Beatrice Trovato when she traveled back in time to 14th century Siena in this novel that held my interest from beginning to end. To enjoy time travel stories, a reader has to be accepting of a premise that a character is transported by some means to another time in history and sometimes the future. It's something I accept every time I read historical fiction whether it involves time travel or not . I feel as if I time travel whenever ...
  • Crystal King
    I loved this time-travel, medieval Italian tale with its trifecta of love, science and art, combining together for some fantastic historical fiction. Winawer has done her homework and she brings the time of 1347 to the reader in fascinating and accessible way. I loved the mystery that brought present and past together in the centuries old rivalry between Siena and Florence. There is a little magic, and a lot of intrigue, danger and passion, and I...
  • Jeanette
    I did finish it. The last 70 pages were a struggle. It's more and more of the same. This premise is nearly exactly like The Outlander although within different time periods. Here it is the present New York City and mid-14th century Siena, Italy. In the year before and within the Black Death / Plague. Also, like Outlander, she is the time traveler and she is in medicine. A neurosurgeon of self-depreciating kindness and selfless 14 to 16 hour a day...
  • Cynthia
    A solid and entertaining debut, with a likable, resourceful main character, a charming love interest, and a wonderful supporting cast. Add in a gripping phase in history, time travel, and a beautiful setting, and you've got everything needed for page-turning historical/fantasy fiction. I look forward to more from this author.
  • Andrea Johnson
    I read an advanced copy of this delightful book on Jellybooks. I knew nothing about the story, but was thrilled to find not only was it historical fiction, but also time travel, two of my favorites in one! I really enjoyed this book and will look forward to more in the future
  • Jenny Williams
    THE SCRIBE OF SIENA will inevitably—and rightfully—earn comparisons to OUTLANDER on the basis of its time-travel and romance elements. But to stop there does a disservice to the intricate, unique world Melodie Winawer creates in this cross-genre gem. The female characters are strong and distinctive—such a treat!—and the intersection of romance and history kept me thoroughly engaged throughout. Pure escapism with a touch of magic and moder...
  • Betty
    Back in November, I received an email from Simon & Schuster offering a free ebook if I was willing to take part in a study to help them learn more about how readers engaged with their books. All I had to do was create a Jellybooks account, pick my freebie, and start reading. At the end of every chapter, I would click on a button that said 'sync reading stream'... easy-peasy. Of the five book choices, I had already read one of them, and had my req...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I'm a bit on the fence with this one. The writing was pretty good, but not quite great. The plot was solid overall, but things worked out a bit too nicely most of the time. Also, the protagonist was one of those people who seemed to be able to do everything, from effortlessly learning to be a medieval scribe to delivering babies. I guess I like my heroines a bit flawed. I did enjoy the book and this is an excellent debut, but maybe 3.5 ⭐. I'...
  • Jennifer
    so... the fact it took me 5 weeks (!!!) to read this book should be telling. usually, a book like this would take me just a few days to read. each time i put this book down, i wasn't hugely compelled to pick it back up again. in theory, this novel should have been a dream read for me, ticking so many boxes: debut; doctor-author; historical fiction with a mystery arc; strong female lead... and yet. and. yet.unfortunately i never really engaged wit...
  • Cynthia
    This is a ripping good story. I love time travel books for heir magical elements but also for the history they contain and Winawer seems to have done here research about the Medieval Era. The Scribe is set in Italy in the mid 1300's and features an American neuro of Italian descent living in New York. She travels to Italy due to a death in her family and begins to indulge her love of history until presto she lands in Medieval Siena right before t...
  • Jessie (Ageless Pages Reviews)
    4.5Fantastic debut novel. Detailed, rich, immersive, atmospheric.Fans of Susanna Kearsley will want to take note of this time slip fiction that sends a modern-day neurosurgeon back to 1300s Italy as the Plague is due to hit -- and in the Tuscan city worst affected by la Mortalità. Wrapped up in conspiracies and unfamiliar customs and culture, Beatrice must find the truth and where she belongs. (view spoiler)[Her love for Gabriele is a large part...
  • Bree Hill
    Maybe now wasn’t the time for me to read this. It has just about everything I want in a story..but I would set it down and have to force myself to pick it back up after a while, both physically and the audiobook. It has one of the best main characters I’ve ever read from the perspective of. I like how she stuck to her guns when in certain situations. I of course enjoyed the love story and how it developed..and the goodness! This is...
  • Jillian
    This book held my attention from the first page to the last, and I absolutely could not put it down. The story was both realistic and fantastic, in the best possible combination. Beatrice’s character is perfectly created, and she acts and thinks in a very realistic and convincing manner.Everything from the historical to the fantastical is portrayed in such perfect clarity that you find yourself beleiving the entire tale, from beginning to end, ...
  • The Lit Bitch
    This book was marketed to fans of Outlander and I can totally see why. Lady doctor some how time travels back hundreds of years and falls in love.Sounds a lot like Outlander right? If you want to get that basic, then yes it is similar to Outlander, however this book is not Outlander so if you are looking for another book series that’s basically like Outlander, then I suggest looking elsewhere. Now that said, if you liked Outlander this book has...
  • Allie
    My mom's book club would really like this novel. The Scribe of Siena centers on Beatrice, a single, American neurosurgeon who somehow travels back in time to find love (and mystery!) in 14th century Siena. Don't get me wrong, the book is reasonably well-written, entertaining, and seems well-researched (at least to me, with my nonexistent knowledge of medieval Italy). And it would be a good beach read, accompanied by an ice cold margarita. But it ...
  • Jelilat Adesiyan
    I was extremely glad i received the email from Jellybooks that enabled me to read this book. For those who didn’t see my last post, Jellybooks is a company that collects reading data and gives readers the option to choose one of several books to read. I’s so glad I chose this book.I love historical fiction, especially when they involve an element of time travel. I’m really glad that the description of this book drew me in and that I chose I...
  • Kim Killian
    An opportunity from JellyBooks to be one of the first to read this debut book from a 1st time author Melodie Winawer. It's set in the 14th century Italy - where Beatrice Trovato the main character finds herself transported from modern day as a neurosurgeon to the past as a scribe. It's a romance hidden within a "historical conspiracy". Her brother, a historian dies expectantly and she travels to Italy to handle the estate. As the story unfolds sh...
  • Sofia
    I got this book free from Jellybooks. It has been described as similar to Outlander, and I can total see that, but it is also completely it's own book. The main character, Beatrice, is relatable and interesting and her special empathy is a really fascinating character trait. The intrigue of the Sienese plague mystery was really fun to follow and discover and the the descriptions of Italy and medieval life were so detailed and interesting. Also, I...
  • Luella Lee
    I received a free copy of this book from a Simon and Shuster Canada. I really wanted to love this book. Honestly. I thought the premise was promising. Who doesn't love a great romantic tale and time travel. But, I thought it was truly lacking any sustained romance and I had no idea how Beatrice time travelled? I must have missed that. I did learn much about the plague though.Don't get me wrong, this was a great effort of a first novel, but I thin...
  • Margaret
    I loved this book. Takes place mostly in Italy and involves time travel. Lots of historical background and some fictional details. Just hated finishing this book. I hope the author will write a sequel. Totally unexpected as I read the book as part of a study for the publisher. I am so delighted to have stumbled on this gem.
  • Monica
    I enjoyed this time travel novel to Siena during the outbreak of the plague. On the cover someone compared this novel to Outlander meets Girl with a Pearl Earring. I have read both of those and this novel is no where close to the caliber of Outlander. However I enjoyed the history and the descriptions were great. There was intrigue, action and romance. I'm really glad that I came across this novel and would recommend it to anyone who likes histor...
  • Kathy
    2.5 stars for meRead this at my library today trying to decide whether to carry the book a few miles, and then I just remained seated and finished it off quickly by skipping over parts. I wanted to give this one a chance because of the author's impressive education/career and perhaps unfairly had expectations raised a tad high. It is her first novel. I rarely enjoy fantasy/time travel schemes, so there you have it. Not for me.
  • Meg
    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!
  • Paul Pessolano
    “The Scribe of Siena” by Melodie Winawer, published by Touchstone Books.Category – Historical Fiction Publication Date - May 16, 2017.This novel will give the reader a little History, a little Romance, and a little transporting, plus a great read.Beatrice Trovato is a modern day neurosurgeon whose brother lives in Siena and is studying the Plague of 1347 and the resultant damage done to the city of Siena. He uncovers what may be a sinister ...
  • Kat
    FanTASTIC book. So glad Jellybooks invited me to read this one.
  • Patty
    I fell into this book and it was very hard for me to put it down. Beatrice is an accomplished neurosurgeon who lives an ordered life in New York. Her only family, her brother Ben, is an historian living in Sienna, Italy. Ben is researching the impacts of the plague on Siena in the 14th century and thinks he might have found something of great significance regarding why Siena’s population suffered a much greater death toll than other city/states...
  • Stephanie
    5.0 out of 5 starsA fascinating 21st century neurosurgeon finds herself suddenly in medieval SienaByStephanie CowellVINE VOICEon January 5, 2018Format: Paperback|Verified PurchaseAn engrossing, meticulously researched time slip novel of a gifted neurosurgeon whose beloved brother dies suddenly in Siena; there she finds his research on the 14th horrors of plague and a diary of a gifted fresco painter Gabriele, hinting of secrets. When strangely sh...