The Scribe of Siena

The Scribe of Siena

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501152252
Characteristics: 452 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number: WINAWER, M


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A neurosurgeon travels back in time to Siena, Italy, in the 14th century just before the Plague is about to ravage Europe. To complicate matters even further, she falls in love with a man and Siena circa 1347.

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Oct 04, 2018

Just finished this and it was one of those books I did not want to put down. Beautifully written, great characters, and interesting mix of history and fiction. Although, the romance was probably the least interesting part of the book for me. And it made a great companion to Minette Walters' The Last Hours, about rural England on the cusp of the Black Death. Takes place in the same year, 1348. I recommend both.

Aug 23, 2018

A historical tale with a touch of romance and time travel. Interesting theory of the plague as well. It did remind me in ways of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon as they were both women in medicine, both accidentally transported back to the past and both... spoilers.
I really enjoyed the Scribe of Siena but I have to say it makes me want to reread Outlander.

Apr 11, 2018

Checked it out as an audio book. Very easy to get absorbed into the story. Though others have mentioned the time travel/physician similarity to Outlander, there is no comparison other than that. Very well researched and presented. Strong characters and a thoroughly enjoyable novel. If I had been reading it, I would hazard many 'couldn't put it down' reading sessions. It was just my type of book.

Nov 05, 2017

p 338 and elsewhere in the book indicates a unique time travel portal than most books I've read. "The person is the portal, not the place." Having traveled to Italy, this book makes a lot more sense in how a city is laid out and stays the same over hundreds of years than if I had not traveled there. If you need an excuse to travel, here is one.

Sep 25, 2017

Love and mystery await the reader in this intriguing time-travel novel about Beatrice Trovato, a skilled neurosurgeon, living in present day New York City. After her brother's untimely death, Beatrice travels to Siena to settle his estate. She is pulled into his research about the Bubonic Plague and it is here amongst the 670 year-old letters, journals and hand-painted frescoes that she time travels to the year 1347; just months before the Black Death. Great escapism.

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.

Jun 29, 2017

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

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.

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.

ArapahoeSummer 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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