Review: The Scribe of Siena by Melodie Winawer

This book was marketed to fans of Outlander and I can totally see why. Lady doctor some how time travels back hundreds of years and falls in love.

Sounds a lot like Outlander right? If you want to get that basic, then yes it is similar to Outlander, however this book is not Outlander so if you are looking for another book series that’s basically like Outlander, then I suggest looking elsewhere. Now that said, if you liked Outlander this book has similarities that you might find intriguing and interesting so if you like time slip novels then keep reading this review.

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.

The Scribe of Siena is the captivating story of a brilliant woman’s passionate affair with a time and a place that captures her in an impossibly romantic and dangerous trap—testing the strength of fate and the bonds of love (summary from Goodreads) (more…)

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Special Feature: OUTLANDER Returning to STARZ

For those of you who have followed this blog for a lengthy time, you will know how much I LOVE the Outlander series! It is one of the best series I’ve read and I recommend it to almost everyone I meet who like historic fiction.

So it goes without saying that I have been glued to my TV every Saturday night watching the Starz Outlander series which is based on the books.

Like me, one of my friends, Spencer Blohm, has been eagerly awaiting the return of the series and in anticipation of Outlander’s return, he wrote a wonderful article to get us all excited about Outlander! So sassenachs please enjoy!

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Special Feature: Series Review STARZ OUTLANDER

Dinna fash Outlander and Lit Bitch fans, I am posting my review of the series for you!

I toyed with the idea of reviewing each episode in great detail but then decided that a collective review would be better suited to my writing style.

So here you have it, after eight weeks I feel as though I have seen enough to write a review of the series.

Outlander has hands down been one of the most satisfying book series that I have read. And many of you know that I have hosted the Outlander Reading Challenge for a couple of years now…..though I did take this year off I will be bringing it back for the 2015 reading challenge season so be watching!

The first book in the series, Outlander, is hands down a classic. It’s steamy, sexy, historic, reflective, philosophical, romantic, adventurous, and thrilling. There were many many things I loved. So naturally I had high expectations for the STARZ series.

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Special Feature: Guest Outlander Review

For those of you who have followed this blog for a lengthy time, you will know how much I LOVE the Outlander series! It is one of the best series I’ve read and I recommend it to almost everyone I meet who like historic fiction.

So it goes without saying that I have been glued to my TV every Saturday night watching the Starz Outlander series which is based on the books. I have been meaning to write a review of the series for quite some time.

I originally planned on writing a review for reach episode, but decided that might be too ambitious for this season….so I think I will write my own review at the end of the season. However for now, one of my friends, Spencer Blohm, asked if I would like to run his review on my blog in the mean time which I clearly agreed to. So sassenachs please enjoy Spencer’s review of the series here!  (more…)

Review: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (Outlander #8) by Diana Gabaldon

Four long years is how long I’ve been waiting for the latest Outlander installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood (MOHB).

The last book (AEITB), left some MAJOR cliff hangers and I was actually pretty upset about the way AEITB ended for at least a week after finishing it.

MOHB picks up right where AEITB ended, literally. I am not going to get too much into the back-story or other books as I am assuming if you are reading this review, you have already read the series up until this point.

I will admit, I should have re-read AEITB before I started this one. I was literally so lost for the first part of the novel.

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