When young historian Lia Winter’s uncle dies, she travels to Southern Italy to spend several weeks with her aunt who is a masciàre, a traditional herbalist. Lia quickly finds herself increasingly fascinated by her aunt’s archaic way of life and her canny wisdom. As a historian, she cannot help but try to get to the bottom of the mysterious stories and legends her aunt tells. Together with her new friend Alessandra, an antiquarian bookseller, Lia soon finds herself following a trail of astonishing secrets - a quest which, in the end, leads to the rediscovery of lost ancient Arabic manuscripts.
Historical FictionLiterary FictionTeen & Young Adult
BIOGRAPHY I am an archeologist and freelance author of German-Danish origins, now living with my husband and daughter in southern Italy, after having spent several years living and working in various countries in Africa and the Middle East. I write mostly historic novels but have also published a novel for tweens.
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