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The Tuscan Child

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…

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Anonymous says:

Rhys Bowen Knocks It Out of the Park Yet Again! Although I didn’t think anything could top “In Fairleigh Field,” I was wrong. “The Tuscan Child” earns my highest accolade, a rating of “Rattling Good Read”! I should know, since I stayed up most of the night enjoying it.This book hit all my hot buttons–a secret dating back to World War II, an English protagonist, delightful descriptions of Italian food and scenery, a burgeoning romance–what could be better?Thoroughly recommend this to everyone…

Anonymous says:

Tuscany and The English Countryside..a Mouthwatering Historical Mystery Sometimes I must post my review the minute I have closed the book on the last page. The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen is one of those gems. I have several books by Ms Bowen sitting on my bookshelves that have not been read as yet, my bad.The Tuscan Child flips between two different eras throughout the novel. Starting with Hugo Langley, a son of the aristocracy, a husband and father brought down with his mates in the late part of WW2 in the mountain region of Tuscany, the only one to survive…

Anonymous says:

Is it a mystery or a food travelogue? I have no idea how this book has such positive reviews – such poor writing. The story line was ok and a bit intriguing, however page after page only comes to the most obvious of conclusions. Was she trying to write a mystery or a food travelogue? A man is murdered outside the very room the main character is sleeping in and yet she really can only think about the food she’s eating and the town hottie. Pure madness! She’s even told by the police that she can’t leave because she’s a suspect in…

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