“Brimming with details of life in Italy during the plague of 1348, this well-researched story incorporates historical information about medieval alchemy, midwifery, and the conflict between science and superstition, providing a rich context and arresting contrast
for Santina’s thoroughly modern attitudes.”
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Book Title: Alchemy's Daughter by Mary A. Osborne
Category: YA and Adult Fiction, 288 pages
Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Lake Street Press
Published: May 2015
Available in: Print only
Will send books: USA & Canada
Tour dates: July 13 to 31, 2015
Content Rating: PG + M (Alchemy's Daughter is a tale of midwifery during the Middle Ages, so there are some childbirth scenes in the book. However, the scenes are not overly graphic, and there is no mention of specific body parts and there is no profanity (other than when a character says, "My God!")
In medieval San Gimignano, Italy, daughters of merchants are expected to marry. But Santina Pietra 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," a 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 strike.
Where to buy the Book:
Barnes & Noble
Meet the Author:
Mary A. Osborne is the multiple award-winning author of Alchemy's Daughter and Nonna’s Book of Mysteries. A graduate of Rush University and Knox College, where she was mentored in the Creative Writing Program, Ms. Osborne is a registered nurse and holds degrees in chemistry and nursing. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as Hektoen International, Newcity, and the Examiner.com. Ms. Osborne lives in Chicago.
Connect with Mary: Website ~ Facebook ~ Twitter
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