Saturday, November 13, 2021

Anticipation By Melodie Winawer


From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (BooklistThe Scribe of Siena comes a thrilling tale set in the crumbling city of Mystras, Greece, in which a scientist’s vacation with her young son quickly turns into a fight for their lives after they cross paths with a man out of time.

After the death of her beloved husband and becoming a single parent to her nine-year-old son Alexander, overworked scientist Helen desperately needs an escape. So when Alexander proposes a trip to Greece—somewhere he's always dreamed of visiting—Helen quickly agrees.

After spending several days exploring the tourist-filled streets, they stumble upon the ancient city of Mystras and are instantly drawn to it. Its only resident is Elias, a mysterious tour guide living on the city’s edges…both physically and temporally.

In 1237, Elias’s mother promised his eternal service to the Profitis Ilias in Mystras in exchange for surviving a terrible illness. But during his 800 years of labor, he’s had one common enemy: the noble Lusignan family. The Lusignan line is cursed by a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, and a prophecy hints that Elias’s blood is their only hope for a cure. He has managed to survive throughout the centuries, but the line has dwindled down to the last Lusignan and he is desperate to avert his family’s destiny.

When Elias runs into Helen, he meets his match for the first time—but he unwittingly puts both her and her young son in danger as a result. With time running out and an enemy after them, Elias and Helen are forced to choose between the city they love, and each other.

Blending the historical romance of Diana Gabaldon, the rich detail of Philippa Gregory’s novels, and Dan Brown’s fast-paced suspense, Anticipation is a thrilling and satisfying read like no other. 

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Melodie Winawer is the author of two novels. ANTICIPATION, a dual timeline story set in late Byzantine and modern Greece, is scheduled for publication in November, 2021. THE SCRIBE OF SIENA (2017), a medieval Italian historical novel that explores the mystery of Siena’s devastation by the Plague, has been translated into German, Czech, Polish and Norwegian. Melodie has also published a short story, 778, which is included in the collection WE ALL FALL DOWN: STORIES OF PLAGUE AND RESILIENCE.

Melodie, an associate professor of neurology at Columbia University, is a physician and scientist, with degrees in biological psychology, medicine, and epidemiology. She treats patients, conducts grant-funded research, and has published over fifty nonfiction articles and book chapters. To find the energy to write fiction, she relies on unflagging enthusiasm, ashtanga yoga, and a lot of green tea. Melodie lives with her spouse and their three teenagers in Brooklyn, New York and Ludlow, Vermont.