“From the hills of Tuscany, to the streets of Siena, to the hidden abbeys and convents scattered throughout the area, this is one story that kept me spellbound to the very end. Betrayal, murder, kidnapping, love, and much, much more fill every page. Definitely a tale for the horse lover in all of us.” —Historical Novel Review
“An epic and richly textured tale of Renaissance Tuscany...If you enjoy really good historical fiction, stories that move and snap with life, stories that make you feel deeply for the characters and their struggles, then you will love [The Shepherdess of Siena].” —Aspen Daily News
“The Shepherdess of Siena is a lengthy, involving read that drew me in at once and which, it turns out, is based on a true heroine of Siena. Long may she ride.” —Fresh Fiction
About the Author
Linda Lafferty taught in public education for nearly three decades, in schools from the American School of Madrid to the Boulder Valley schools to the Aspen school district. She completed her PhD in bilingual special education and went on to work in that field, as well as teaching English as a second language and bilingual American history. Horses are Linda’s first love, and she rode on the University of Lancaster’s riding team for a year in England. As a teenager, her uncle introduced her to the sport of polo, and she played in her first polo tournament when she was seventeen. Linda also loves Siena, Italy, and the people of the region and has returned to the city half a dozen times in the past three years to research her novel. Linda is the author of three previous novels: The Bloodletter’s Daughter, The Drowning Guard, and House of Bathory. She lives in Colorado with her husband.