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Santina Pietra is seventeen and in medieval San Gimignano daughters of merchants are expected to marry But Santina cares only for Calandrino a brilliant young scholar who is preoccupied with his ancient alchemical texts Soon Santina meets Trotula the village midwife who might or might not be a strega or witch Trotula challenges her to forget Calandrino and become the woman she is meant to be Some say she is a victim of the midwife’s spell but Santina is determined to follow in Trotula’s footsteps even as calamities strikeThe setting is 14th century Italy yet in Santina contemporary readers will discover a strong minded young woman whose search for meaning echoes their own Alchemy’s Daughter is the author’s second novel


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    Santina won me over Her curiosity her intellect and desire to learn as well as her quest to find her purpose in life all causing her to suffer many losses while contemplating her path Her stubbornness causes calamities and her well being at stake as she becomes the talk and suspicion of nefarious skills her rogue choices suffering ramifications Her highs and lows mistakes and heroic deeds make this one fascinating read While this is a romance of sorts the narrative focuses on Santina and her transformation into the woman she wants to be during a time when options were severely limited for females Independence determination sacrifices and strength serving as blessings and curses for this young headstrong woman willful enough to carve a life for herself fearlessly undeterred The plot is full of numerous points of interest pertaining to the development of medicine herbal medicinal cures along with elixirs and poultices Black Plague is addressed as well A few surprise twists really complete the already wonderful reading experience Full of excitement and adventure fusing well with such a standout protagonist Fast paced captivating full of intriguing information written in a eloquent hand undoubtedly will appeal to historical fiction fans with an emphasis on Mideaval times Fabulous book looking forward to reading from Osborne