"Winawer has the smarts to write a novel that is imaginatively fictional, yet well grounded in research."
“The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise.”
Library Journal, Starred Review
“Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena.”
A Slice of Orange
Time travel, suspense, history, political intrigue, murder and romance; The Scribe of Siena has something for every reader.
FineBooks & Collections
"The author does a tremendous job in plotting and weaving... An enormously satisfying novel. I missed the characters as soon as I turned the final page."
Off The Shelf Book Club Favorites
"I wish I'd read it sooner...I could have saved money on a plane ticket!"
Behind the Mic
Audiobook narrator Cassandra Campbell: "We are transported back to medieval Siena in a vivid way... the darkness, the tight, narrow streets... and wonderful Italian romance."
Amanda's Book Corner
"The Scribe of Siena may be my favorite book of 2017... A historical fantasy that will capture your heart and offer plenty of joy when you inevitably re-read it in the future."
“A stunning work of historical fiction, Melodie Winawer's debut novel [, a] story of love, science, politics, and time-travel is worth every last word.”
Historical Novel Society
“One of the most fun books I’ve read in a long time...a thoroughly enjoyable read.”
“An engrossing historical epic. Her wide-ranging, romantic story moves apace, yet it has considerable meat on its structural bones."
“This is a beautifully written book and one of the best I’ve read in a long time…A delicious trip to 14th century Italy”
“A lush and spellbinding historical time-travel novel with an intriguing mystery, wonderful characters, and a stirring love story…a fabulous debut."
"A time-travel whodunnit, or possibly howdunnit, wrapped inside a romance, and filled with plenty of scrumptious details on life in Medieval Italy."
Brit + Co
"You’ll be transported back in time…to witness the evolution of rights, status, and conditions via … historical research and imaginings."