Alchemy’s Daughter by Mary A. Osborne

In 14th century Italy, 17-year-old Santina tries to find whatever it was God intended for her after Calandrino, a young man she loves, is forced to leave the village. Distraught by this second loss—Santina’s mother had died in childbirth a few years before—she seeks out Trotula, the village midwife, whom some people consider to be a witch.

In this compelling and informative young adult novel, set in a historical period where people merged superstitious beliefs with a reverence for God’s providential care, Santina discovers and begins to practice her gift at great personal cost and learns that, for good or evil, people aren’t always who they seem to be. (Lake Street Press)

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