The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer (4 out of 5) 

Beatrice Trovato is a neurosurgeon who inherits her deceased brother’s papers, some of which begin a mystery which is the center of the novel. He has a journal belonging to an artist from the 14th century, and a depiction from the artist just happens to be the spitting image of Beatrice. Whether she likes it or not, she’s intrigued and pulled into that mystery. Is this a descendant of hers, or is there a deeper, darker mystery going on? Before she can make much headway, she finds herself transported back to Italy in that same time period. She’s instantly entangled in another doozy- a plot to destroy the city of Siena, not to mention that the Black Plague epidemic is now peeking along the edge of history. I’m going to say this…the transporting back in time was kind of weird. I’m not typically a fan of stories that employ that plot device, but the way Winawer draws this story and Beatrice (whom I really enjoyed as a character), brought me onto the precipice of belief. What follows is a great romance, a reckoning of life as it could have been centuries earlier, and that mystery lurking in her brother’s papers. A great read! 

~ by generationgbooks on May 18, 2017.

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