The Tuscan Child
By Rhys Bowen
February 2018 Lake Union Publishing
Review copy courtesy of Lake Union and Little Bird Publishing.
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…Goodreads Synopsis
THIS BOOK! I’m just going to jump right into this review and tell you that you need not read any further and just go ahead and put this on your immediate TBR when it comes out and you can thank me for the recommendation later.
There is a little bit of everything in this novel. It’s a historical fiction book, with alternating (interwoven) story lines between WWII and the 1970s. There’s a murder mystery, there’s family mystery and drama and even a little bit of a love story. And with Italy as the scenery, you know it’s going to be beautiful and delicious!
The storytelling is so lovely that I felt like I was in Italy, learning right to make picci right along with Joanna.
The Tuscan Child is hands down, my favorite read thus far this year, and I think it’ll be a hard one to top! Thank you Little Bird and Lake Union for the ARC to review.