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'...