The Scribe of Siena

The Scribe of Siena

A Novel

Book - 2017
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New York, present day: In the wake of her borther's untimely death, Beatrice is surprised to learn that she has inherited not only his historic house in picturesque Siena but also his research into the secret history of this Tuscan city he once called home. In his notes she stumbles upon the journal of a fourteenth-century fresco artist, in whose paintings she discovers the impossible image of her own face. The mystery he left behind draws her from the safety of her century to a Siena on the eve of the Plague's arrival. Italy, 1347: Gabriele Accorsi dreams again of a lady in green, the inspiration for his latest commission, a fresco on the Ospedale. But when Beatrice crosses his path in waking life, his muse becomes just as real as the sinister conspiracy that unfolds around them. With the plague about to claim its victims, Siena and Florence struggle for power in a war that takes a dangerous, personal turn. Caught in the treachery and beauty of the two most formidable cities in Italy, Beatrice and Gabriele will be torn between their allegiance to state, to country, and even to century.
Publisher: New York :, Touchstone,, 2017.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501152269
9781501152252
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 24 cm
Summary: New York, present day: In the wake of her borther's untimely death, Beatrice is surprised to learn that she has inherited not only his historic house in picturesque Siena but also his research into the secret history of this Tuscan city he once called home. In his notes she stumbles upon the journal of a fourteenth-century fresco artist, in whose paintings she discovers the impossible image of her own face. The mystery he left behind draws her from the safety of her century to a Siena on the eve of the Plague's arrival. Italy, 1347: Gabriele Accorsi dreams again of a lady in green, the inspiration for his latest commission, a fresco on the Ospedale. But when Beatrice crosses his path in waking life, his muse becomes just as real as the sinister conspiracy that unfolds around them. With the plague about to claim its victims, Siena and Florence struggle for power in a war that takes a dangerous, personal turn. Caught in the treachery and beauty of the two most formidable cities in Italy, Beatrice and Gabriele will be torn between their allegiance to state, to country, and even to century.

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tjdickey
Sep 05, 2017

Anyone who has experienced the mystique of Siena, and her art and history, will enjoy reading Winower's fanciful novel. Siena is a city steeped in its traditions and the beauty and romance of its past, a city where one can step into the past by merely breathing, and this author - supported by a lot of strong historical detail - asks us to watch a woman do just that.

SnoIsleLib_DeniseD Jul 15, 2017

Writers who manage to hold down demanding careers while creating rich stories about something other than their career amaze me. Here, neurology professor Winawer does give her heroine a related career (neurosurgeon), but then time transports her to medieval Siena. Winawer's research enlivens the setting and makes this story hard to put down. For historical fiction fans who like a little mystery and romance and can handle the device of time travel.

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monstercat05
Jun 29, 2017

Whether, you're looking for intrigue, time-travel or romance, this book has it all. I loved it!

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SandraLH
Jun 28, 2017

I really began to enjoy this creatively written novel when Beatrice travelled to Siena, and then was tossed back in time to medieval Italy. The pages took me on the journey along with Beatrice as her life evolved into a heart-warming, delightful love story filled with suspense, intrigue and surprises, and interesting characterizations.

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lola_jane
Jun 26, 2017

This is getting some comparison to Outlander and while certain plot points do echo Gabaldon's book (woman with medical training travels through time, finds romance, and obstacles to survival) I believe the similarities end there. The Scribe of Siena is an enjoyable read but without the passion - both romantic and violent - that made Outlander memorable. But if you like a gentler read this might be a time-travel romance for you.

AL_SUMMER Jun 15, 2017

Suspense, time travel, intrigue, and romance - this debut has it all. Although I enjoyed traveling back to 14th century Siena with Beatrice, too much of the storyline hinged on the paranormal, chance, and fate for my taste.

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