“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.”
"Winawer has the smarts to write a novel that is imaginatively fictional, yet well grounded in research."
Library Journal, Starred Review
“Lovers of meticulously researched historical fiction and time-travel narratives will be swept away by the spell of medieval Siena.”
“The realities of day-to-day existence in 1340s Europe are so viscerally represented that readers will readily accept the fanciful premise.”
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."