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The Tuscan Child By Rhys Bowen The Tuscan Child From New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father s hidden past to discover his secrets In British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted
  • Title: The Tuscan Child
  • Author: Rhys Bowen
  • ISBN: 9781503951822
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Tuscan Child By Rhys Bowen From New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father s hidden past to discover his secrets 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 lovFrom New York Times bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father s hidden past to discover his secrets 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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    1. Rhys Bowen

      I m a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.I also write the Agatha winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s It s lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set in North Wales, and for my award winning short stories I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh California wintersWhen I am not writing I love to travel, sing, hike, play my Celtic harp.Series Constable Evan Mystery Molly Murphy Mysteries Her Royal Spyness MysteriesAwards Agatha Award Best Novel 2001 Murphy s LawReviewer s Choice Award Historical Mystery 2001 Murphy s Law

    117 thoughts on “The Tuscan Child”

    1. Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you Gayle Forman Hugo Langley, an RAF pilot, finds himself behind the controls on a bombing mission near the northern hills above Lucca, Italy December of 1944 brings no choices, only commands from the powers that be The Germans have taken over the area and Langley and his crew are in a destiny to stop them Once airborne, Hugo and his co pilot have been hit by enemy fire Too late for the co pilot, but Langley parachutes and miraculous [...]


    2. 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 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 one she kne [...]


    3. 3.5 stars rounded up.In December, 1944, Hugo Langley is a young British pilot who is forced to parachute from his burning plane over Italy Hugo has received a leg wound and is sure he will soon die until a young Tuscan woman comes to his aid Nearly thirty years later, his daughter Joanna is sorting through his papers after his death when she discovers an old sealed letter addressed to an Italian woman named Sofia A letter that is marked Not known at this address Return to Sender It is a love let [...]


    4. Genre wise this Tuscan Child is a blend of mystery, romance, and general fiction The setting is stunning set in a fictional town called San Salvatore in northern Italy the action pivotal between 1944 and 1973 and between a gunned down RAF pilot and his daughter At first I was intrigued by the WWII story but as things progressed and the mystery heated up I enjoyed the daughter s tale also.I can t say the conclusion was as enticing as the rest of the book but the story zips along so pleasantly th [...]


    5. Having read and enjoyed Rhys Bowen s In Farleigh Field, I was than happy to pick up The Tuscan Child The synopsis intrigued me, and I was excited to see how the story came together.From the very start, The Tuscan Child sucks you into the story It pulls you into the past, leaving you turning page after page as two interconnected storylines play out You know they are linked, you have ideas of how, but it is not until you ve worked your way deep into the story that everything becomes apparent If y [...]


    6. In the Tuscan Child Rhys Bowen has written a novel with a dual time line One part is set in Tuscany during World War 11 time, where Hugo an English pilot is forced to eject from his damaged plane Badly injured he is helped by Sofia a local young woman She hides him in bombed monastery and carries food to him when she can.As well we meet Joanna Hugo s daughter, in 1973 returning home to Langley Hall on the sudden death of her father She finds some items amongst his things that lead her on a journ [...]


    7. WWII romances are so my thing, but this book was so much 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 her pro [...]


    8. Thank you so much Little Bird Publicity and Lake Union Publishing for providing my free copy all opinions are my own I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it is a quick and easy read with two very compelling storylines The chapters alternate between Hugo s life in 1944 as a bomber pilot, and his daughter, Joanna, dealing with the aftermath of his death in 1973 Joanna is sorting through her estranged late father s possessions when she comes across a mysterious letter addressed to a woman named Sofia [...]


    9. I received this from netgalley in exchange for a review In 1944, pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his plane into the fields of German occupied Tuscany Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli 1973, Hugo s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father s funeral and travels to Italy to discover his past.For me, books written in duo timelines can be a hit or miss This time, neither timeline was better or [...]


    10. I finished reading the ARC of The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen on Thursday night, but I am still in heavy book hangover This book is one of those rare books that not only sticks with you but that you feel like you lived through It was undoubtedly brilliant and engaging, and just how Rhys writes it I could see this as a major motion picture with academy award accolaids I am not usually a fan of historically based cozies, mysteries or stories, at least that was until I discovered everything Rhys Bow [...]


    11. This is an excellent, standalone story by the wonderful writer Rhys Bowen The story is set both in WWII Italy and the 1970s Bowen is superb at period stories, and in this book, she brings to life the story of a downed British pilot hiding away in the hills above a small Italian village The contemporary story follows the daughter of that pilot who is picking up the pieces of her life after her father dies This is a moody and romantic, and yet realistic, story that is a true pleasure to read.


    12. 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 Presumabl [...]


    13. The Tuscan Child is a wonderful blend of mystery, long buried secrets and romance set toward the end of WWII The story is told in the dual view points of Hugo in the 1940 s and his daughter, Joanna, in the 1970 s I was quickly pulled into the story and had a hard time putting it down This is the first book by this author that I have read and I will be checking out her other works.


    14. I love the Lady Georgie books and the last stand alone by Rhys Bowen, In Fairleigh Field The Tuscan Child was too slow for me, and I just could not get into the story line.


    15. 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 like he fell [...]


    16. The book has some interesting parts and some parts where story or dialogue doesn t move the story forward It s stagnant and not interesting I had to start skipping the stagnant parts in order to continue with the story But after a few chapters of such reading, I didn t see a point of continuing to read it.


    17. I have yet to read a WWII Historical Fiction that hasn t destroyed me by the end or at the very least made me cry This one was so good and had such a beautiful yet tear jerker ending Full review to come closer to release day Thanks to Little Bird Publicity for sending me an advance copy.


    18. This is a standalone book written by Rhys Bowen who has several successful book series to her credit including, Her Royal Spyness This book switches back and forth in timeframes between 1944 and 1973 In 1973 Joanna returns to her childhood home to close up the house after her father, Hugh s, death Joanna had become estranged from her cold, seemingly unfeeling father and was surprised when she came across an unopened letter written by her father amongst his things The letter was addressed Sofia B [...]


    19. I enjoyed The Tuscan Child up to a point I liked the historical setting of 1944 and the descriptions of Tuscany and Italian food are beautiful It s easy reading and the dialogue gives a good impression of people speaking in a foreign language in which they are not fluent Although I love Italian food I did begin to groan when yet another meal was being prepared and described in detail.But the split narrative between Hugo and Joanna didn t work too well for me I liked Hugo s story than Joanna s a [...]


    20. Without a doubt I enjoyed this story, the setting and period the story is written in There were several parts to the story I liked and what I thought could have been fleshed out a bit Though I could easily see a sequel to this book Hugo and Joanna are the two main characters in the story Hugo is Joanna s father and was a RAF pilot in World War II whose plane crashed in Italy near a small town where the majority of the story takes place He meets an Italian woman name Sofia who helps him hide and [...]



    21. Nothing like escaping to the hills of Tuscany.The Tuscan Child is written in simple, straightforward prose, yet its lack of literary intensity is what makes is such an enjoyable read Alternating between the life of Joanna Langley in the 1970s and her father, Sir Hugo, during WWII, the story recounts tragic events that happened both during the war and afterward The lush landscapes of England and the romantic vistas of Tuscany provide a beautiful backdrop to a story of love, loss, and hope.


    22. Originally posted on You Have Your Hand FullThe Tuscan Child was written by Rhys Bowen This is her second standalone novel, but she is a prolific author of several series of historical mystery novels I am a big fan of her Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy books, so I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book This novel functions with a dual timeline half of the story takes place during WWII Hugo Langley, an English pilot, crashes in the hills of Tuscany Thirty years later, his daught [...]


    23. I tend to gravitate towards WW2 novels, so when I saw The Tuscan Child s cover and blurb, I knew I had to read it It s not often that I come across a novel from this time period that is set in Italy, specifically the Tuscany area I was not disappointed at all This story is told from two different time periods WW2, obviously and 1973, another feature that I enjoy in a good book Joanna is dealing with the death of her father, Hugo Langley, a former English fighter pilot who was shot down in Italy [...]


    24. The two timelines of 1944 and 1973 work well in The Tuscan Child, and as I read, I was very pleasantly reminded of other suspense novelists such as Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, and Kate Morton Joanna Langley is the type of main character with whom you can easily sympathize wounded, wary, intelligent, and brave and she s willing to learn how to cook A definite word of warning if you love Italian food and you re hungry, you will drool when you read segments of this book Joanna has a lovely little [...]


    25. This is two stories in one Hugo, an English pilot shot down over Italy set in WWII , and Joanna, his daughter who goes to Italy after her father s death to find out about his time hiding out there after crashing set in 1973 The geographical setting is Tuscany, which is irresistible for many of us, and coincidentally I recently read another book set in WWII Italy so this one dovetailed nicely There s a little bit of romance in each of the stories, and that frequent family dynamic where after a p [...]


    26. Full review to be posted on blog Another great historical fiction stand alone Loved the characters complex and intriguing without being overdone Story is set in both WWII Italy the 1970s, I was equally drawn to both story lines sometimes one is appealing than other, that is not the case here Book has a little bit of everything a mystery, great characters, long buried secrets, a bit of a romance, a murder mystery with some twists turns that are sure to shock you Very enjoyable and very captivati [...]


    27. The Tuscan Child had a little bit of everything It had romance, sadness, and mystery There are two stories running parallel to each other Hugo s taking place in the 1940 s during the war and his daughter, Joanna who s dealing with loss during the 1970 s Both stories kept me completely engrossed The war was heartbreaking and had me anticipating the absolute worst at every turn where Joanna s story was interesting and I loved watching her unfold her fathers past while coming to terms with who she [...]


    28. I do appreciate that this author probably enjoyed writing something quite different from her series books and may have been able to tuck in a trip to Italy to get in the mood Or not I don t know, but I do know I prefer her royal spyness series out of all her considerable efforts.Anywayis may be just the second book concerning World War II in the last two years I have read from her, but it does make me wonder if there will be .This book is simply written and could be considered a YA historical ro [...]


    29. I thoroughly enjoyed this book Had a bit of everything mystery, love story, betrayal, survival The descriptions of food made my mouth water, and the description of the Italian countryside made me want to go and visit I always enjoy Ms Bowen s books, and this one certainly did not disappoint


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