The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

The Scribe of 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 brother’s affairs, she discovers intrigue she never imagined—a...

Title:The Scribe of Siena
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ISBN:1501152254
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:464 pages

The Scribe of Siena Reviews

  • 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 found myself loathe to put this book down as the

    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 found myself loathe to put this book down as the hours dwindled late into the night. I've seen other descriptions of the novel in how it will "sweep you away" and it is true. Scribe of Siena is a wonderful, must-read novel.

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede

    DNF 51%!

    I so wanted to like this book since time travel books are a favorite genre of mine. But, the more I read the more I started to get annoyed with the book and at this point, I can't see how it could get any better.

    Some thoughts I had about the book:

    * I can't see how a modern woman can adjust to Italy in the 14th-century so well. Just understanding the language or being understood should be hard.

    * Did she magically transport back in time? No clue since no explanation is given, perhaps it

    DNF 51%!

    I so wanted to like this book since time travel books are a favorite genre of mine. But, the more I read the more I started to get annoyed with the book and at this point, I can't see how it could get any better.

    Some thoughts I had about the book:

    * I can't see how a modern woman can adjust to Italy in the 14th-century so well. Just understanding the language or being understood should be hard.

    * Did she magically transport back in time? No clue since no explanation is given, perhaps it will come at the end of the book, but I'm not really that eager to find out.

    * The painter is living in the house Beatrice lived in the future. And, they seem to be fated to be together. Too bad that their romance is lacking all the chemistry needed for it to work. And, that the whole fated thing is bothering me.

    * The Medici murder thing and pestilence plot felt unnecessary and boring and the "villain" is so inept that it's laughable. Is she sent back in time to stop this or what? I don't care.

    * The author absolute done a great job with the research, but the story is wordy and slow and I failed to connect with the characters. Honestly, as I wrote this little "review" did I have to think for a couple of seconds to remember Beatrice name. Oh, and Beatrice is apparently psychic also. Can feel others feelings and see things.

  • 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 modern medicine.

    Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an hon

    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 modern medicine.

    Note: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • 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 a book transports me to the past . In the case of

    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 a book transports me to the past . In the case of a time travel story, the author takes both the character and the reader . For me it's not how she got there but it's about what happens there. What happens in Siena in 1347 is an intriguing story of that time and place as well as a love story.

    Beatrice, a grieving neurosurgeon living in present day New York City travels to Siena to settle the estate of her brother and finds herself immersed in his research. She's more than immersed as she finds herself in the past trying to piece together what her brother was trying to accomplish in telling what happened to Siena as the plague came to this city. There's never any realistic explanation of how she gets there but I loved that it was while she was reading the the journal of artist Gabriel Accorsi. " One minute I was reading then the next I'd gone straight into a night 650 years earlier than the day I started in." That's exactly how I got there.

    Art, a Medici son seeking revenge, the plague, a sinister plan to bring Siena under the control of Florence, a mystery and a crime , love - this is what Beatrice and I found there. If you need a rational explanation, then this may not be for you. But if you can accept the novel for what it is - a work of historical fiction , you might thoroughly enjoy this intriguing journey as I did.

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Simon & Schuster through Edelweiss.

  • 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 work applications. And there are all kinds of det

    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 work applications. And there are all kinds of details of fact that don't mesh in the present and you would guess that those sections would be the "easier" part to describe "straight". Like taking archivist material out of their storage and particular environments which maintained the paper- and sticking them in cloth or leather bags for taking them out into the world like they were last Sunday's puzzle section of the local newspaper. You NEVER get anything that old of archivist value released as depicted here. And she did it twice, I think.

    Honestly, up until the middle it was nearly a 3. But to take one of my most favorite time periods and make it tempera painted washed out!! Way too much of the romantic musings and way too little of historical edge. Here we have assassins and cabals and they are stated to actions as if it all were FLAT as the Earth. And for me, the who-dun-it part was transparent, uninteresting and obvious.

    Well, it was not historical fiction in the sense of any reality for Italy either. There were things that didn't jive, like odors/ reactions to sanitary habits- and the methods that get "it" (both plot and protagonist) back and worth between NYC and Tuscany of this period. Plus she makes a several page declaration in a letter near the ending saying her work in history survey was more important than her neurosurgery?? So everyone just lets her absence/ disappearance go! Come on! That and the "inside feeling their thoughts" was for these immense amount of pages, severely underdeveloped. How, why, when - so many aspects of that clairvoyance or soul transport. Never answered, surmised, evaluated by our dear Doctor of Neurosurgery??? To my mind for shelving this has nearly no quality to label it for the Historical Fiction category. Romance without bodice ripper quality? Action or think piece? Too many directions tried and none touched to reach- an obvious first effort.

    This may be approached with better enjoyment if one has much less knowledge of the place of religion, the life styles and short lived practicalities of the actual 1349 Sienna or any truthful realization for the work and years and practice of a neurosurgeon than I. Or by those who like Romance novels with lots of attraction, few details, and all kinds of "feeling" words and almost NO heat. Quite mountains less than in Outlander, for instance.

  • 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 brother had died of heart failure leaving his much loved

    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 brother had died of heart failure leaving his much loved home to her and all his recent transcripts he had been working on. Ben, a medieval historian had moved to Siena, Italy and was trying to uncover the mystery of why Siena did so badly over other towns during the Black Death in 1348. Once Beatrice arrived at her now newly acquired home she was keen to discover what had inspired Ben to write so much material on the plague. After settling in and having requested a three month sabbatical from the hospital, Beatrice walked the many streets of Siena, visited museums, and searched libraries for information on what Ben had discovered. After a few weeks she decided to visit a cathedral in the medieval part of the town and was awestruck by a mysterious ancient painting, until the humming once again began in her head. This is the beginning of an extraordinary, magical, and yet haunting book. Author Melodie Winawer has captured scenes vividly bringing to life countless, memorable characters. Without question, The Scribe of Siena, is a skillfully crafted novel which readers will struggle to put down. I loved it!! Highly recommended!

    ** Thank you to Publisher Touchstone and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review. **

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