Friday, 9 June 2017

Review: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

by Melodie Winawer
Publisher: Touchstone
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

For the most part, and I despise publicly admitting this, historical fiction isn't usually my go-to genre for fiction, especially adult fiction. I've always leaned towards contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, and romance because it's what I most feel confident in reading. I suppose I can associate this with having many failed read throughs of many historical fiction titles, however that isn't to say I haven't enjoyed any. Many of the titles I've had the pleasure of enjoying have been the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon and the Mistresses of Versailles series by Sally Christie. So when I was first approached to review The Scribe of Siena, I felt that it's synopsis felt close to what I adored so much from the Outlander series, and was hoping I'd find a new favorite to enjoy.

Diving into The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer, I first found main protagonist Beatrice to be an inspiring and awe-striking character. The highly accomplished neurosurgeon, having a difficult time mourning the loss of her dearest brother, takes to an unexpected trip to Siena to come to terms with her grief and help resolve her brother's estate. There, in the Tuscan City, she finds herself in the middle of a 700 year old conspiracy set to decimate the city. After she uncovers the journal of Gabriele Accorsi, a fourteenth century artist, Beatrice not only discovers a painting of a woman eerily similar to herself, but is additionally transported through it to the year 1347. In the midst of all the intrigue and unique sprint into the past, I highly enjoyed Beatrice's composure, skepticism, and eye for detail. She was a brilliant heroine, and I furthermore enjoyed her interactions and romance with Gabriele Accorsi. The entire novel, through and through, read beautifully, mysteriously, and was so rich in history and detail that I simply could not put it to rest until I reached the very end.

Historical fiction enthusiasts - this is the book for you. The characters are deliciously brilliant, Melodie's writing is superb and rich with historical detail, and the sheer intrigue of the mystery at the foundation of the Scribe of Siena will completely enthrall you.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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