The Tuscan Child

The Tuscan Child

A Novel

Book - 2018
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From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father's hidden past to discover his secrets...

"Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them." --NPR

In 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, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's 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 father's history--and 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 father's secrets now...

Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781503951815
Characteristics: 336 pages ;,22 cm


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Aug 16, 2019

Wonderful. Thank you Rhys.

Jan 21, 2019

WW II romantic fiction at its best. Lovely evocative picture of a hill-top village in Tuscany. Rhys Bowen has another winner here. Highly recommentd.

Oct 10, 2018

This is one of the best books I have ever read. Completed it in two evenings, didn't want it to end. Thank you Rhys Bowen, excellent book.

Jul 18, 2018

I was disappointed in this novel. I felt it needed editing. It dragged on and on . Didn't feel drawn to any of the main characters. The author threw in so many details on food and scenery almost like a filler. The conclusion was pretty preposterous and predictable.

Jul 05, 2018

A good read, both for its gentle pacing and its deep humanity. The parallel plots dovetail, and together provide a deep portrait both of the characters, and the central character of a hillside town in Tuscany.

Jul 05, 2018

It was good, I've forgotten why. Another of the back and forth in time books.

Jun 14, 2018

I have read a lot of WWII fiction. This is a good read. It is clean, no f-bombs or other expletives. Interesting the way it went from 1944 to 1973 in later alternating chapters.

Mar 23, 2018

Historical fiction about a young women trying to find out what happened when her father's plane went down during WWII. Most of the book, both past and present, is set in a small Italian village with lots of descriptions of the country side and the food. A little mystery and romance were included to make it an OK read.

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