Lush, adventurous, and almost mystical, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is a novel filled with the poetic prose of medieval medicine, a daughter's steadfast search for her beloved father, and a journey through 16th century Venice.




By Regina O'Melveny




Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, has provided her entrée to this all-male profession, and inspired in her a shared mission to understand the secrets of the human body.

Then her father disappears and Gabriella faces a crisis: she is no longer permitted to treat her patients, women who need her desperately, without her father's patronage. She sets out across Europe to find where-and why-he has gone. Following clues from his occasional enigmatic letters, Gabriella crosses Switzerland, Germany and France, entering strange and forbidding cities. She travels to Scotland, the Netherlands, and finally to Morocco. In each new land she probes the mystery of her father's flight, and open new mysteries of her own. Not just mysteries of ailments and treatments, but ultimate mysteries of mortality, love, and the timeless human spirit.

Filled with medical lore and sensuous, vivid details of Renaissance life, The Book of Madness and Cures is an intoxicating and unforgettable debut.




Regina O'Melveny's poetry has been published widely in literary journals, garnering several prizes. She grew up at the edge of pungent chaparral in La Mesa, California, and chose to enroll at Callison College--a school of International Studies at the University of the Pacific--almost solely based upon the fact that the second year would be spent in India. Thus began her many extended travels that would later inspire The Book of Madness and Cures, her first novel. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.



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This sounds wonderful!  I have been dying for a good historical....

Thanks Anna


This book sounds amazing! Too bad I'm from Europe :(

This one is out of my usual genre, but it does sound really good!

Filled out the form for a review and giveaway.

Thanks Anna!

Hi Anna:

Form filled out for giveaway.  Will wait for confirmation.  Have a great weekend.

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This sounds like such a fun read!  Would love to review & hold a giveaway on Starting Fresh. Thanks, Anna.

Signed up for giveaway, thanks Anna.

I signed up to review and giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. This sounds quite interesting.


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sounds great- filled out review and giveaway!

Hi Anna;

Since I'm going to have a giveaway of this novel on my blog, I decided to request a copy for review. Posting a review along with the giveaway will give entrants a better idea about what they are trying to win. Thanks again for all of these great reading opportunities. 


This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to read and review. i filled out the  form.



Hi Anna,

I'd love to post a review and have a giveaway of THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES  on my blog.  I submitted a request above.  Thanks so much!  



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