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Publisher's Summary

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’ 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’ 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 listen like no other.

©2021 Melodie Winawer. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Historical novel with a twist

The readers absolutely couldn’t be better. Sometimes the wrong reader makes it so difficult to listen, even when the story is good. But in this case, the readers enhance an already intriguing and fascinating story.

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Very creative story

I really enjoyed this book! It was well written, very interesting & creative in its plot! I couldn’t stop listening! I will read more by this author

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Disappointed

Loved Scrib of Sienna, but Anticipation doesn't compare. I loved the the idea of following the lifetimes of an immortal man, but we don't get to know Elias well enough in any of his lives to make his story compelling.


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I loved this book

This was such a complex and interesting story. It requires a little patience in the beginning as the different storylines are established, but you will come to care about the central characters and learn a little Greek history in the bargain!