The Daughter of Siena

The Daughter of Siena

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena....
It's 1729, and the Palio, a white-knuckle horse race, is soon to be held in the heart of the peerless Tuscan city of Siena. But the beauty and pageantry masks the deadly rivalry that exists among the city's districts. Each ward, represented by an animal symbol, puts forth a rider to claim the winner's banner, but the contest turns citizens into tribes and men into beasts--and beautiful, headstrong, young Pia Tolomei is in love with a rider of an opposing ward, an outsider who threatens theshaky balance of intrigue and influence that rules the land.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312609580
Branch Call Number: FIOR
Characteristics: 387 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 06, 2016

I really liked this book. I felt like I was actually there. Even if it was a bit predictable, I enjoyed reading it a lot. The characters were interesting and well-written. If you like Italian history with a bit of romance, definitely read this.

Oct 05, 2013

A bit of a predictable plot. I like the context but I feel this book could have been way more exciting and a little less political.

Feb 28, 2013

I liked the book because it is about Siena and I loved the detail about the city, The Palio race, and the surroundings. Maybe I like the descriptions because I have been to Siena. But I agree with a previous review, the plot is predictable.

Dec 23, 2012

A sweet read with a cute romance. Although I felt as though the author wanted to tell me more about the scenery than the story. What I really enjoyed was the richness that the use of horses added to this book.

librarylil Nov 19, 2012

in my opinion the best of the three I read of this author

May 24, 2012

Loved it. Kept me intrigued and wanting to read more. Historically fascinating as well.

Mar 04, 2012

Romance Novel of the Year 2012. Shortlisted for best Historical Romance Novel. I am waiting for my turn to read. RNA 2012

ehbooklover Jan 23, 2012

Historical romance with a dash of intrigue. The beautiful setting and the descriptions of the Palio kept me reading but most of the plot twists are extremely formulaic and very predictable.

DanniOcean Jul 05, 2011

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette's Shelf Life column

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