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 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.
Santina will have a lot to learn in love and in life, itself. In Alchemy's Daughter she must face the reality that she doesn't really want to marry the person that has been chosen for her. Her heart has been given to Calandrino but he is a nerdy type of fellow only interested in his books. In 14th century Italy this young teenage girl will come to a crossroad of sorts and she will have to choose what she will do with the rest of her life.
Santina starts to follow in the footsteps of Trotula as she is her apprentice now. Santina's life starts to open up in more ways than one and she is taken on an adventure she never anticipated. The author has written a brilliant coming of age book that mirrors many lives of young girls now, because of her strong will and never settling for disregard or dishonor. Santina chooses to fight against the ones who tell her no and she ventures out on her own no matter what she is up against.
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