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464 pages, Hardcover
First published May 16, 2017
The conspiracy at the heart of the story was gripping, and my breath caught more than once as the conspirators set about committing their dastardly deeds. I enjoyed how it tied in to the research Beatrice's brother did prior to his death, and why a particular person in the present day was so motivated to get his hands on that research.
As much as I loved the historical portions of the story, the present day story was equally enjoyable to read. Most of the action understandably takes place in 14th century Siena, but Beatrice's life in modern-day Siena had memorable moments, as well.
The love story between Beatrice and Gabriele was sweet. As is typical concerning lovers from different centuries, Beatrice ultimately has to decide whether to stay in his time, or go back to hers. The catalyst for this decision wasn't something I'd foreseen, and that was a welcome surprise.
I absolutely adored this book, and I highly recommend it. I think fans of the Outlander series would really enjoy it, as well as readers who enjoy a good time travel story lush with historical detail, a healthy dose of romance, and a good batch of suspense added to the mix. The Scribe of Siena is a brilliant debut, and I'm fervently hoping to see more novels from this author in the future!
I received an advance reader copy of this book courtesy of Touchstone and Jellybooks.