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From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (Booklist) The 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-yea From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (Booklist) The 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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From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (Booklist) The 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-yea From the author of the “engrossing historical epic” (Booklist) The 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.

30 review for Anticipation

  1. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Davis

    A sweeping saga spanning multiple centuries, Anticipation enthralled me with its scope. Yet Winawer’s gift as a writer also shines brightly in the small moments, like the shared joy between a mother and a child, or the meditations on loss of a grieving widow. Truly magical.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Laura Morelli

    Melodie Winawer’s ANTICIPATION is the perfect mix of an original setting, an emotional journey, and a deep, immersive dive into the past. The ruined city of Mystras—once an important Byzantine capital—is as much a character as Helen and Elias in this epic tale. I rushed to this book after dinner each evening to experience the sweeping chain of events unfolding across centuries of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph. A truly original story that—much like its characters—will stand the test of time. —L Melodie Winawer’s ANTICIPATION is the perfect mix of an original setting, an emotional journey, and a deep, immersive dive into the past. The ruined city of Mystras—once an important Byzantine capital—is as much a character as Helen and Elias in this epic tale. I rushed to this book after dinner each evening to experience the sweeping chain of events unfolding across centuries of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph. A truly original story that—much like its characters—will stand the test of time. —Laura Morelli, Art historian and USA Today bestselling author of The Night Portrait and other novels. https://lauramorelli.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Walle

    This is an awesome book! It is a very intreagueing tale which takes place in Mythas Greece. A scientist and his son get mixed up with a person out of time and their world gets turned up side down. It is a great page turner and keeps you at the edge of your seat. I highly recommend this book to all. Thank you to the Author and Publisher for sending me a free coppy to read and review. Be Blessed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Bilyeau

    From the first page to the last, I was captured by this suspenseful story of centuries of turmoil, underscored by love and loss. This is a truly original novel that weaves together fascinating medical research with stories from Greece's past, creating a historical thriller that stands above the usual fare. From the first page to the last, I was captured by this suspenseful story of centuries of turmoil, underscored by love and loss. This is a truly original novel that weaves together fascinating medical research with stories from Greece's past, creating a historical thriller that stands above the usual fare.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna Foster

    Wise and stimulating strategy blending medical with historical fiction in a more current timeline.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Gifted writing & storytelling! This story includes history, science, romance, mythology & mystery. Parts reminded me of Cloud Cuckoo Land. This story pulled me in & kept me riveted.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Milena

    I enjoyed The Scribe of Siena and was looking forward to reading Winawer's new book, Anticipation. It's compared to books by Diana Gabaldon and Philippa Gregory, which made me even more excited. I must say it certainly wasn't as satisfying as Diana Gabaldon's books. The book is rich in historical details about Greece, and Winawer's writing is compelling, but the story and the romance left me wanting more. The blurb promises Gabaldon-like historical romance, but there is actually very little roma I enjoyed The Scribe of Siena and was looking forward to reading Winawer's new book, Anticipation. It's compared to books by Diana Gabaldon and Philippa Gregory, which made me even more excited. I must say it certainly wasn't as satisfying as Diana Gabaldon's books. The book is rich in historical details about Greece, and Winawer's writing is compelling, but the story and the romance left me wanting more. The blurb promises Gabaldon-like historical romance, but there is actually very little romance in the book. You will enjoy this book more if you don't go into it anticipating a great love story. Read Anticipation for the history of Greece (and a lot of battles descriptions), not romance. *ARC provided by the publisher

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Swailes

    It took me awhile to get into the book, but then I could not put it down. Historical fiction has always been a favorite of mine and this one did not disappoint. Set in the beautiful country of Greece, this saga spans different centuries combining romance, history and a little bit of mystery!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Liz McCammon

    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and am providing an honest review. There is so much I enjoyed about this book-the location, character development, time periods-and I’m down for longer stories. That being said, there came a point where I just was “over” the flashbacks in time - there was just one too many. And then, to have the ending come so quickly it was if the author was also tired of this story and just wrapped it up. It was 450 pages of set up, and 30 pages of wrap up. Tha I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway and am providing an honest review. There is so much I enjoyed about this book-the location, character development, time periods-and I’m down for longer stories. That being said, there came a point where I just was “over” the flashbacks in time - there was just one too many. And then, to have the ending come so quickly it was if the author was also tired of this story and just wrapped it up. It was 450 pages of set up, and 30 pages of wrap up. That was disappointing. For example, the necklace - we don’t really know if Elias knows it’s his, why the short explanation of where it was picked up? The tie in from his past was never shown. I had issues with the ending and the madness of Lusignan - he did not have HD. It’s like there needed to be an explanation on why he was this way - dedicated, driven, and biased I could see but the leap was just too strange. I would have liked to seen a map and a character list or family tree to help the reader move through the story. If the present Elias thought back on a remembrance of one his past lives I had to stop and really think when was that? Who was that? Over all this story just needed to be tightened up - it had the potential to be a 5 star book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    Anticipation is the 2nd novel from Melodie Winawer after the excellent The Scribe of Siena. Melodie’s books are compared to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, but I do not see that comparison. Both authors are excellent in their niche genres. Anticipation is a book about medical advances, reincarnation and the lengths people will go to achieve their desires and goal. Anticipation follows scientist Helen and her son Alexander on a trip to Greece to help with dealing with the grief of the death of H Anticipation is the 2nd novel from Melodie Winawer after the excellent The Scribe of Siena. Melodie’s books are compared to Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books, but I do not see that comparison. Both authors are excellent in their niche genres. Anticipation is a book about medical advances, reincarnation and the lengths people will go to achieve their desires and goal. Anticipation follows scientist Helen and her son Alexander on a trip to Greece to help with dealing with the grief of the death of Helen’s husband and Alexander’s father. While in Greece they meet Elias the protector of a mysterious city, Mystras. It turns out that Elias is immortal and has been hunted for years by the powerful Lusignan family for the secrets of his immortality and recovery from an illness that plagues the Lusignan’s. Helen and Elias find themselves drawn to each other and in a race to save Mystras and themselves. I recommend this novel to anyone who likes a bit of fantasy with their historical fiction. Thanks to Netgalley, Gallery Books and the author for the chance to read and review this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beyondthebookends

    What a wonderful historical fiction that combines part of the amazing history of the Byzantine empire with science and some magic. This combination across genres also with the authors wonderful story telling was a hit with me. The story tells of Elias and his many lives over 800 years protecting the city he is connected with. IN 2015, Helen and her son have come to Green on a much needed vacation. The two stories come together beautifully. Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for my copy of this What a wonderful historical fiction that combines part of the amazing history of the Byzantine empire with science and some magic. This combination across genres also with the authors wonderful story telling was a hit with me. The story tells of Elias and his many lives over 800 years protecting the city he is connected with. IN 2015, Helen and her son have come to Green on a much needed vacation. The two stories come together beautifully. Thank you NetGalley and Gallery Books for my copy of this book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This genre spanning book had a medical mystery and research, genealogy, grieving, travel, and finding new relationships as seen through the eyes of a mother and son and the people they meet. I don't want to give the story away, but if you read the blurb you'll see that the man Helen meets is actually around 800 years old. I liked book for the aspects of the story and the descriptions of life in Greece. I predict it will be turned into a movie someday. (I received this book in a goodreads giveawa This genre spanning book had a medical mystery and research, genealogy, grieving, travel, and finding new relationships as seen through the eyes of a mother and son and the people they meet. I don't want to give the story away, but if you read the blurb you'll see that the man Helen meets is actually around 800 years old. I liked book for the aspects of the story and the descriptions of life in Greece. I predict it will be turned into a movie someday. (I received this book in a goodreads giveaway.)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Read a little over half and putting it aside. The story is fine, and the writing is good, but it's just not grabbing me and I have other things to read. The past timeline is a lot of different names, places, and battles, and there's not as much romance as I expected in the present timeline. Also, I feel really bad for the Lusignan family. Read a little over half and putting it aside. The story is fine, and the writing is good, but it's just not grabbing me and I have other things to read. The past timeline is a lot of different names, places, and battles, and there's not as much romance as I expected in the present timeline. Also, I feel really bad for the Lusignan family.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Reel

    What a refreshingly unique historical saga.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Hilliard

    Lovely tIme travel love s story! Loved that I learned some history of Greece and a tiny smattering of Greek as well. Enjoyed learning about Greek customs and cuisine additionally.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Knapp

    Exquisitely detailed, this book tells the story of Elias, a child dedicated to the island Prophet in the 13th century, who lives life after life in the prophet's service. Fast forward to present day, where he meets a scientist, Helen and her son. Their meeting will place Helen and her son in danger from Elias' enemies. Told from alternating viewpoints, Elias and Helen see the danger and must decide their fate. Exquisitely detailed, this book tells the story of Elias, a child dedicated to the island Prophet in the 13th century, who lives life after life in the prophet's service. Fast forward to present day, where he meets a scientist, Helen and her son. Their meeting will place Helen and her son in danger from Elias' enemies. Told from alternating viewpoints, Elias and Helen see the danger and must decide their fate.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Excellently written, and an amazing and amusing way to teach Greek history. This book takes you through several centuries where the main character faces different problems all revolving around the same main conflict to keep Mystra, a Greece city, safe. It was overall a great read and would definitely recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate Eminhizer

    WOW! This sophomore book by author Melodie Winawer is soooo different from her debut novel. The reader is introduced to two very different characters in this book, Helen and Elias. Their meeting is inadvertently instigated by Helen's son, Alexander. Winawer presents her extensive knowledge in the medical field through her character Helen's career as a research scientist for Huntington's disease. Through Elias the reader is provided glimpses of the history of the Greek ruins of Mystras. The conte WOW! This sophomore book by author Melodie Winawer is soooo different from her debut novel. The reader is introduced to two very different characters in this book, Helen and Elias. Their meeting is inadvertently instigated by Helen's son, Alexander. Winawer presents her extensive knowledge in the medical field through her character Helen's career as a research scientist for Huntington's disease. Through Elias the reader is provided glimpses of the history of the Greek ruins of Mystras. The contemporary viewpoint combined with the historical throwbacks all interwoven with the subplot of the Lusignan family exemplify how much of an extraordinary undertaking this book was. Readers of Christina Baker Kline's The Exiles will find this book very similar in both style and scope. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Russett

    3.5 the following is the summary from the publisher: 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 mysteriou 3.5 the following is the summary from the publisher: 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. Thank you to Simon and Schuster and Net Galley for an advance copy of this book in return for a review. I did feel that in some parts this dragged a bit....Going through Elias' different lives might have been a bit shorter. however thats a minor critique compared to how the book reads. Its a good story, kept my interest from the beginning. I found it very interesting how the author wove Huntington's disease throughout , as the basis for the story. Very clever and still maintained that historical feel. Having never been to Greece I felt like I was on vacation right along with Helen and Alexander. If you enjoyed this authors first book you will enjoy this one as well. I highly recommend it!.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    A very long, intricate, literal blood feud between a family with a son protected by the Prophet Elijah, and reincarnated forever, and a royal family haunted by Huntington’s Disease, and forever dying too young to enjoy their wealth and prestige. The royal family, over 700 years, begins to think that the reincarnated son’s blood might be better served by keeping them alive. A different author might have turned this into a vampire story. But author Melodie Winawer has a soft spot for science and h A very long, intricate, literal blood feud between a family with a son protected by the Prophet Elijah, and reincarnated forever, and a royal family haunted by Huntington’s Disease, and forever dying too young to enjoy their wealth and prestige. The royal family, over 700 years, begins to think that the reincarnated son’s blood might be better served by keeping them alive. A different author might have turned this into a vampire story. But author Melodie Winawer has a soft spot for science and her modern day character is a scientist working on a novel cure for Huntington’s Disease while vacationing in Greece with her young son. I was drawn to the synopsis that suggested parallels to Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series; I missed any similarities. This is a long tale and I kept wondering…why? Why did Elijah need this permanent protector in human form? Why was there a fortune teller who also transcended time always outside the city? The book felt like a series of vignettes disconnected from a larger whole. I kept waiting for the author to bring everything together but, for me, that did not happen. I received my copy from the publisher through edelweiss.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra Slonek

    Find a copy of this well written book and a cozy chair. Get ready to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Mystras Greece, where you will meet memorable characters who come to life on the pages of this book. You will learn about a debilitating disease that has been passed down through many generations and you will experience the brutality of conquests and wars. You will learn some Greek history and maybe even get to sit in on a philosophy lecture. You will also enjoy a sweet romance and you will fall i Find a copy of this well written book and a cozy chair. Get ready to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Mystras Greece, where you will meet memorable characters who come to life on the pages of this book. You will learn about a debilitating disease that has been passed down through many generations and you will experience the brutality of conquests and wars. You will learn some Greek history and maybe even get to sit in on a philosophy lecture. You will also enjoy a sweet romance and you will fall in love with Mystras. The medical details and knowledge shared about Huntington’s Disease were fascinating to me. I enjoyed being invited into the life of a passionate research scientist. The chapters which included battle scenes, brought the brutalities of war to life in vivid and sobering ways. Betrayals and loyalties were exposed and explained. Fear, desperation, hope and bravery were companions of the soldiers. I truly loved reading about the deep bonds between mothers and their sons. There is nothing like it! These strong and eternal bonds propelled the storyline throughout generations and centuries. The many connections and links throughout the book were impressive and yet seamless. Friendships and family relationships managed to withstand the test of time. I loved the imaginative ways that magical realism was used to creatively, and almost believably, link places, people and events throughout history. While reading this book, I experienced joyous and celebratory times with the characters. There were also serious and anxious times, mixed in with anticipation and even some fear. Through all of these experiences and because of the beautiful writing, I became very attached to many of the characters. This was historical fiction at it’s best! So very well done and so very much enjoyed! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Gallery Books through UpLit Reads. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia Truitt

    Oh, this checks SO MANY BOXES for me. This book does a great!!!!!job connecting and building up all the many timelines which is NOT easy to do. I was never confused by any character's role in any timeline even if their roles or the reasons things happened to them were revealed a bit later, and even all of the "Different Eliases" were distinct enough that I was able to get invested in their different lives. I love this gentle, romantic writing style. The descriptions of Greece are magnificent -- Oh, this checks SO MANY BOXES for me. This book does a great!!!!!job connecting and building up all the many timelines which is NOT easy to do. I was never confused by any character's role in any timeline even if their roles or the reasons things happened to them were revealed a bit later, and even all of the "Different Eliases" were distinct enough that I was able to get invested in their different lives. I love this gentle, romantic writing style. The descriptions of Greece are magnificent -- all that wonderful food and architecture and weather and friendly people, it made my heart just swell. Without too much spoiling, the romances are sweet and elegant too. I'm such a freakin' sucker for romances that are built on communication, and I think Helen's motivations and the way she approaches things make sense. The pacing is sometimes a bit slow, but even then the stakes are still simmering and feel high all the time because you're just WAITING for these timelines to connect. And even then, I think there's just enough action in some of the past timelines that it's not like that waiting outright lags. I think it's slow when it needs to be to get us emotionally invested in the characters' decisions and thoughts, and then sometimes more action packed and fast to remind us that in all the timelines there are life-and-death stakes involved. Another thing that can be hard to do sometimes: writing in a child's voice. I personally don't love when authors use baby-speak to make a child character reeeally sound childish. But Alexander's voice is done well here. Yeah, overall, this is one of my new top favorites. Totally got lost in this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michele

    Anticipation was a unique novel. It had an original premise as it followed Elias throughout his lifetime - - which spanned much more than that of an average man. You bore witness to his pain at outliving many that he loved. The history of the time and how the area was affected was quite interesting. What I was confused by - - I believe I expected more of Helen and her son's story to tie into Elias'. I understand that she tied in through her research and the fact that she was a widow. I just expec Anticipation was a unique novel. It had an original premise as it followed Elias throughout his lifetime - - which spanned much more than that of an average man. You bore witness to his pain at outliving many that he loved. The history of the time and how the area was affected was quite interesting. What I was confused by - - I believe I expected more of Helen and her son's story to tie into Elias'. I understand that she tied in through her research and the fact that she was a widow. I just expected more - - I guess I thought there would be some big wow moment. That said, I did like the way things developed between the three of them and they developed into their own little family. It truly was lovely to see their injured and broken spirits all healed a little by finding one another. Overall, I found this to be an enjoyable read. I do believe it could have been trimmed up a little as it seemed that certain parts of the book felt as if they moved slowly. Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC. I voluntarily chose to review it and the opinions contained within are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Therese Alban

    Learning through storytelling is my favorite way to discover new interests. I had no idea I would be so fascinated with Byzantine history. I am ready to book a trip to these ancient ruins in Greece! The author deftly weaves a tale of many threads - a woman grieving her husband, a boy's painful loss of his father, a man bound to a serve a geographic place through time, and a family of villains whose collective pain and pride chase the others in search of a cure for a rare and devastating genetic Learning through storytelling is my favorite way to discover new interests. I had no idea I would be so fascinated with Byzantine history. I am ready to book a trip to these ancient ruins in Greece! The author deftly weaves a tale of many threads - a woman grieving her husband, a boy's painful loss of his father, a man bound to a serve a geographic place through time, and a family of villains whose collective pain and pride chase the others in search of a cure for a rare and devastating genetic disease. I appreciated the structure of the novel with each chapter headlined by the point-of-view character, the date, and the location. The author's descriptions of food, language, and clothing helped me to visualize a place I have never been. At the heart of the story is the struggle of a physician-scientist wanting to pursue her research at the potential cost of losing a new love. This thread kept the story moving towards the dramatic climax and my hope that somehow they could survive together. After reading the author's first novel, I was eagerly anticipating this second one. The title holds many meanings! A fun read, a satisfying ending, and I learned so much!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Mayer

    This was a really creative story, and I love how the author pieced together a multigenerational saga all within the same locale. Helen is recently widowed, and as a single mother and scientist, she is clearly overworked and in need of a break. Alexander, her nine-year-old son has always dreamed of visiting Greece, and Helen quickly agrees. When they reach Mystras, they instantly fall in love with not only the ancient city but one of its residents as well. Elias has survived throughout the centurie This was a really creative story, and I love how the author pieced together a multigenerational saga all within the same locale. Helen is recently widowed, and as a single mother and scientist, she is clearly overworked and in need of a break. Alexander, her nine-year-old son has always dreamed of visiting Greece, and Helen quickly agrees. When they reach Mystras, they instantly fall in love with not only the ancient city but one of its residents as well. Elias has survived throughout the centuries thanks to a promise his mother made to the Profitis Ilias in exchange for surviving an illness. But over the years, one thing has remained…his enemy, the Lusignan family. They have been doomed to succumb to a deadly disease that worsens with each generation, and Elias may be the key to curing them of the illness. When he meets Helen and Alexander, they too are put in danger and they must choose between the city they love and each other. I thought this was a wonderful mix of history, suspense, and science with a hint of romance to spice things up a bit. The characters were dynamic and I couldn’t help but adore them. The landscape was vibrant and portrayed so well that it was virtually within reach. And the history behind the beautiful city of Mystras was so enthralling that I couldn’t put it down. Definitely recommending this one and I look forward to reading more from Melodie Winawer. *I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Katherina Martin

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was hard for me to read, although I loved the premise of the book. There was more in-depth mystery than I like in a book. I really had to think about what I was reading, in order to follow along. Great novel for history lovers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Robins

    What an amazing historical fiction that combines part of the amazing history of the Byzantine empire with science and some magic. This combination across genres along with the author’s wonderful story telling was a hit with me! The story tells of Elias and his many lives over 800 years protecting the city he is connected with. In 2015, Helen Adler and her son have come to Greece on a much needed vacation. The two stories come together beautifully.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katy Budget Books

    Anna says: Anticipation is an unexpected, moving mix of history and neuroscience with just a bit of magic. I've never been to Greece, but it felt like I was there. The sense of place in this novel is awe-inspiring. It is obviously a love letter to a place and the spirit of a people. I expect this one will stay with me as long as her debut did. Anna says: Anticipation is an unexpected, moving mix of history and neuroscience with just a bit of magic. I've never been to Greece, but it felt like I was there. The sense of place in this novel is awe-inspiring. It is obviously a love letter to a place and the spirit of a people. I expect this one will stay with me as long as her debut did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bri

    Anticipation is an intriguing and complex story that spans multiple generations. I enjoyed the historical details and how the author weaved the different storylines together. Thank you Uplitreads and Melodie Winawer for the gifted copy of the book.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Nishimura

    Mix science, Greek mythology, and multiple timelines with a pinch of romance and mystery in a historical fiction novel, and you'll have Anticipation! I found Melodie Winawer’s Anticipation to be an adventure through an enthralling mixture of genres spun into a detailed saga about the lessons on love, loss, and enduring. I found this novel well-written, especially the genetics research component which worked as such a robust thread woven throughout the storylines. I would absolutely recommend Ant Mix science, Greek mythology, and multiple timelines with a pinch of romance and mystery in a historical fiction novel, and you'll have Anticipation! I found Melodie Winawer’s Anticipation to be an adventure through an enthralling mixture of genres spun into a detailed saga about the lessons on love, loss, and enduring. I found this novel well-written, especially the genetics research component which worked as such a robust thread woven throughout the storylines. I would absolutely recommend Anticipation to fans of historical fiction with romantic intrigue, multiple storylines, and genre montages. The only caveat that I’ll give is I disagreed with the comparisons to Outlander, which might leave the Diane Gabaldon fans parched for steamy Jamie-esque encounters. The comparison I did find to be apt was to Philippa Gregory because both authors irrefutably share a penchant for detailed research that translates into rich storylines.

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