Alchemy's Daughter

Alchemy s Daughter 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 anc

  • Title: Alchemy's Daughter
  • Author: Mary A. Osborne
  • ISBN: 9781936181179
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 tSantina 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 strike.The 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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    1. 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 an [...]

    2. This is a remarkably captivating tale of a young woman's desire and determination to learn of Alchemy. Santina's Tudor, Calandrino, was a young man who marveled at Santina's interest and understanding of Alchemy as well as her other studies.Santina's sisters were interested in marrying and homemaking skills. Although Santina learned these, her heart longed for greater learning and understanding.A discrepancy was discovered and Santina was forbidden to see the Tudor again and to forget learning A [...]

    3. The story in Alchemy's Daughter takes place in the 1300's where science, philosphy, superstition and church doctrine are at loggerheads. Our heroine, Santina, is the daughter of a cloth merchant whose curiosity in alchemy and philosophy and her own personal ambition soon lead her into opposition with her father. She becomes an outcast and begins to learn new skills, skills that can be used as a weapon against her. Her love of learning and experimentation soon place her in mortal danger. While th [...]

    4. Although this is a prequel to Nonna's Book of Mysteries (the main character here is the great grandmother of the main character of the previous book), this can easily stand on its own. Whereas the previous book dealt with the dawn of the Renaissance, this one is firmly pitched into the Middle (or Dark) Ages; the reader should appreciate that whispers of witchcraft and heresy- and childbirth- are not to be taken lightly. While a wealthy young woman like Santina may have some license to push the b [...]

    5. Read my full review of Alchemy's Daughter on YA Book Shelf!I've been waiting since 2010, when I read Nonna's Book of Mysteries, till this book was published, and it was worth the wait. While the former book took place in the Renaissance, a period of history that I've always loved, and is a kunstleroman, a book about the development of the artist, Alchemy's Daughter takes place in the Medieval world before and during the Plague. I've never been as comfortable with Medieval literature, in part bec [...]

    6. This historical novel opens with critical acclaim for both the book itself and its sequel Nonna’s Book of Mysteries, and is dedicated to the memory of the author’s grandmothers. Writer Mary A. Osborne indicates in the novel’s acknowledgements section that she commenced writing it when her son was in preschool and finished it during his seventeenth year as a student. Also opening the book is a timeline of various historical events such as the foundation of the Order of Hospitallers and relo [...]

    7. Santina is a 17-year-old girl from the medieval town of San Gimignano, Italy. As the daughter of a prominent merchant of the 14th century, she is expected to marry. But her heart has already been given to her tutor, Calandrino. When he leaves the village in pursuit of scholarly activities, Santina is heartbroken and yearns to find a purpose in life. She becomes an apprentice to the local midwife, who may or may not be a Strega, a witch. Thus begins her adventuresome, sometimes dangerous way of l [...]

    8. Alchemy's Daughter follows a young girl, Santina, who has many dreams, which defy her father's pre-destined fate for her. First, she becomes infatuated with a tutor, who teaches her about alchemy and allow her to watch experiments of turning things to gold. Her father, an alchemist himself, did not mind her interest in this subject. But when her father discovered the budding romance between Santina and Calandrino, everything started to go wrong. Calandrino fled the city and left Santina all alon [...]

    9. Mary A. Osborne in her new book, “Alchemy’s Daughter” Book Two in the Alchemy series published by Lake Street Press introduces us to Santina Pietra.From the back cover: 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 [...]

    10. About the Book: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 f [...]

    11. Here's to another great historical fiction book - Alchemy's Daughter. Mary A. Osborne successfully transported me back to Medieval Italy in this enjoyable novel about a young girl's determination to follow her own dreams in a time when women were never expected to have a strong will. Young Santina was a smart and intelligent girl living in San Gimignano when she fell in love with a scholar. Their love was one of mutual respect for each other's dreams, but these dreams also kept them apart. Calan [...]

    12. This story takes place in the 1300’s when young women were expected to get married early and not have any dreams of their own. This book took an amazing amount of research as we learn about early medicine, herbal potions for healing, and the religious views of the times. Within the pages it contains a lot of fascinating information about the development of early medicine and the remedies for illness using herbal potions. The main character, Santina, comes from a family of merchants’ but has [...]

    13. Santina Pietra is a seventeen-year-old living in 14th-Century Italy; San Gimignano to be exact. There aren’t many alternatives for young adult women at this time. The two best options are marriage or the convent. She can stay at home as a spinster and take care of her father; her mother having died many years ago.Santina’s father has his eye set on a much older man for her husband. But she doesn’t even like him, much less love him. She loves Calandrino, a scholar and friend of her father [...]

    14. While it took me awhile to actually sit down and read the book, once I started the book, I felt engaged with Santina and the other characters in the book. My favourite character was Trotula, as she took no nonsense from Santina and expected her to eventually figure things out on her own.I really liked the setting, as it wasn't a typical Italian setting and didn't really take place in a typical period for fiction set in Italy, which is usually the Renaissance or during the Roman Empire, but set i [...]

    15. The HF genre is lacking for YA, which is a shame. I really wish there were books like Alchemy's Daughter around when I was a teen, maybe if I started sooner my tbr pile wouldn't be so large.Though labeled YA this book will appeal to adults as well. Taking place in Italy it's evident the author not only knows her time period and subject matter but she has a passion for it as well.Santina is a strong character, I really liked her. I liked her courage to stand up for what she believed in. Her love [...]

    16. Alchemy's Daughter takes place in 14th century San Gimignano, Italy. Santina Pietra is the 17 year old daughter of Iacopo Pietra a merchant. During the times of this story, girls were expected to marry and have families. They were not supposed to have dreams. Santina is in love with Calandrino, and when he leaves her life she decides she will not marry and will have dreams. While she is still grieving for the loss of her love she decides to go to Trotula, the villages midwife and possibly a witc [...]

    17. Life for women in medieval Italy did not offer many choices, and girls who didn’t conform were looked upon with suspicion. So when seventeen-year-old Santina leaves her comfortable life to live with and learn from the local midwife, some say witchcraft influenced her. But Santina wishes to follow her heart, which means rejecting marriage to a local merchant. After the women perform a risky medical procedure, their own lives are in danger. Santina will have to delve deep inside herself to find [...]

    18. I couldn't put this book down! This is one of the best books I have ever read. The historical details for a modern reader are utterly fascinating: women's lives in Italy in the 1300s, midwifery, spirituality, the Black Death. The characters are so compelling and written with such care that they come to life, and I couldn't set them aside until the story revealed all of its unique angles. The characters' journeys have meaningful messages for girls and women, more so than can be found in typical s [...]

    19. In the summer of 1343, Santina pines away for her tutor, but her father finds him unsuitable and forbids them to marry. Heartbroken, Santina begins visiting the village midwife, an old friend of her late mother's. Santina throws herself into midwifery to distract herself from her lost love and father's demands, but the townspeople--her father included--suspect that she has apprenticed herself to a witch. This suspicion only grows stronger when Santina and the midwife perform an unusual procedure [...]

    20. After years of patiently waiting, we are finally able to read another fantastic novel from Mary A. Osborne. As when reading the author’s first novel, Nonna’s Book of Mysteries, I was incredibly impressed by her ability to weave a well-researched story, rich in history, about a young woman encountering and overcoming obstacles that are not dissimilar to those being faced by young women today. As the main character, Santina, is drawn to the art of alchemy and the chemical transformation of met [...]

    21. This is the first book I have read by this author and after reading it now I am going to go back and read her other book. I really enjoyed this book and could not seem to put it down. I love to read books set in Italy as it gives me a chance to travel to another place without leaving home and this had an added bonus of being a historical fiction book which are one of my favorite types to read. The characters seem to just jump off the pages at you. The author did a good job with all her details w [...]

    22. This is a first time author for me. I am so glad I got to read this fabulous book. I could not put this book down the characters are so well written it is like they come to life. You will keep turning the pages to find out what happens with them. The messages in the book will appeal to women and girls. The characters search for their callings in life, facing all odds and obstacles to pursue those callings. The lives of woman back in the 1300’s Italy is really fascinating. It was great to see S [...]

    23. This novel hit so many of my personal hot buttons: suspense, action, strong female characters, exotic locale. There's some heartbreak for sure, but for the most part it's an uplifting tale with some surprising twists along the way.

    24. Not normally a historical fiction fan, but this work was very engaging and will be widely read and enjoyed.

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