Being a fan of historical fiction, and one who reads to relax, The Tuscan Child was enjoyable. It mostly progressed at a comfortable pace, with just the occasional lag. It also includes some delightful descriptions of Italian food. Cleverly, the ending leaves the reader a little uncertain of the fates of one of the two main characters. As a result, I am now reading another of Rhys Bowen's efforts, which I am equally enjoying.
Rhys Bowen has that knack for drawing the reader in from the very first page, and keeping them there until the end. This brilliantly written book is a dual timeline, which I love. Set in England and in Tuscany, it covers WW2, and the early 1970s. There is a cliffhanger at the end of nearly every chapter, and lots of twists and turns. Another excellent book that I couldn't put down; thoroughly recommended.
This is a very interesting story. An English soldier was shot down in Italy during the war. He was helped by a young woman who led him to an old monastery to hide. It has two different times. war years and much later years where his daughter goes to Italy to try & find out about his life. It has suspense and mystery & new friendships & we don't find out about the child until almost the end of the book.
Rhys Bowen uses words most effectively to paint a picture of life in Tuscany in 1944 and 1973. This is not a fast-paced adventure but instead is a most pleasant exploration of a family mystery brought to a satisfactory conclusion. Highly recommended for those who like quality writing without the shock and/or horror of tension filled books. 4.5 stars.
I found this novel easy to read and the chapters jumping from 1944 to 1973 were clear and non-confusing. An enjoyable love story or stories - both in 1944 and 1973. The characters were believable and likeable. This novel is for readers who like a bit of WWII history, a little bit of romance and the 70's era.
This is a great story. Its true to life and totally engaging. Seeing the two relevant stories running at the same time gives the full impact of the reality of the two different times in history. World war 2 generation and the next generation after. Not understanding it all til the last chapter is great.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the Tuscan setting. The author obviously enjoys food and cooking and I did get to the point of skipping over the food descriptions after awhile but other than that an enjoyable read and great value in the Amazon daily read sale.
I found this to be a fantastic read. It is one of those stories that you can’t wait to see how it ends but then you are sorry that it’s over. I would thoroughly recommend this book and any other by this author.