From New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her fathers hidden past to discover his secretsIn 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.Nearly thirty years later, Hugos estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her fathers funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her fathers historyand maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her fathers secrets now...
|Title||:||The Tuscan Child|
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The Tuscan Child Reviews
WWII romances are so my thing, but this book was so much more than just another romance. It’s story about family, loss, children, and life choices. It’s not very often that I find a book set during WWII that is set in some place other than England or France but this was that unique and rare occasion.
Rhys Bowen is an experienced author with a couple of impressive mystery series under her belt. I have been lucky enough to read a few of the Molly Murphy mysteries in the past and have grown to love ...more
4.5 stars, this was really good! The Tuscan Child is the first Rhys Bowen book I've read outside the Royal Spyness series, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's certainly very different than that lighthearted, funny series, but it was really lovely. I was engrossed in the mystery and romance of it all, and it made me want to go buy a plane ticket and visit the Italian countryside immediately. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans, especially if you enjoy mouth-watering descriptions of ...more
First, a warning:
You’ll want to jump on a plane straight to Tuscany while reading this book, AND your mouth will literally water and you’ll constantly crave Italian food!
I want to go on a cooking course in a Tuscan villa NOW!
This book is lovely.
It’s a story of a WWII lost love.
1944: Hugo, a British pilot, is shot down over a small village in Tuscany.
Sofia, a young Italian woman, hides him from the Nazis and help him survive his injuries.
1973: Joanna, Hugo’s daughter is traveling to th ...more
5 Stars. Wonderful.
When Joanna Langley's father Hugh passes away in 1973 she returns home to arrange his funeral and sort out his possessions. Among his things she finds a small box and within it a letter addressed to an Italian woman named Sofia. Joanna wasn't close to her father, a rather cold and withdrawn man who became even more distant after the death of Joanna's mother. The mysterious letter gives Joanna a glimpse into her father's heart, revealing to her a man very different from the on ...more
Great read. The historical context grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Really enjoy Rhys' writing but this one is my favorite!
It's 1944, and a British fighter plane has just been shot down over Italy, forcing the pilot to parachute to safety. His leg is severely damaged, and he looks for somewhere to hide. A local woman, out gathering mushrooms, comes to his aid and he is able to survive. The Germans are everywhere, and life is incredibly perilous.
In June, 1973, his daughter Joanna travels to Italy to search for "the beautiful boy, hidden where only Sofia and Hugo could find him" mentioned in an old AirMail letter. Pr ...more
I am a big fan of Rhys Bowen for the Royal Spyness series. But I found this book to be cheesy and cliched. There were times when I rolled my eyes at some of characters and typical storylines. It seemed like the book dragged on for a long time -- right about until the last 2 or 3 hours, when things miraculously fell into place (without much explanation as to how such things fell into place). It also seemed too quick for Hugo and Sofia to fall in love. There wasn't much explanation; just seemed li ...more
I saw the book trailer for this title, and the similarities to my own book (A Promise of Fireflies) intrigued me. And I'm a pushover for anything Italian. But as they say, give five authors the same idea and you'll end up with five completely different stories.
I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book, but not much detail was given about the German occupation in the area. There was little in the way of the constant fear that must have been prevalent, simply tell ...more