The Tuscan Child

The Tuscan Child

by Rhys Bowen

Overview: 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…

Marilyn Baron (04/15/18): I just finished this book and loved it. I enjoyed the contemporary and historical elements equally. I loved the characters, the setting and the plot. I would recommend this book. I was sorry to see it end.
Rating: *****

Debbie Weiss (04/11/18): Joanna, a law student in London, has just learned of her father's death. She heads home to the countryside for the funeral and to take care of affairs. Her mother died when she was very young and she was never very close to her father. She knew that her father had been a pilot in WWII and that his plane had crash landed in Tuscany, Italy. As she looks through her father's belongings, she finds a "return to sender" letter that her father had written to a woman in Tuscany right after WWII and it appears to be a love letter.

Intrigued and perplexed, Joanna is determined to learn who this mystery woman was. She flies to Italy, all these years later, to find out.

Once in Italy, Joanna asks lots of questions, meets lots of warm and interesting people, and becomes a suspect in a murder investigation. I really enjoyed this book --- I loved the excellent character development and the descriptions of the beautiful Tuscany countryside. The ending was a good one. I recommend this book.

(You can read an interview with author Rhys Bowen about this book by clicking here.)
Rating: ****+

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