The Tuscan Child

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      Midwest Book Review
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      The Fiction Shelf The Tuscan Child Rhys Bowen Lake Union Publishing 9781503951822 $24.95 The Tuscan Child is set in [...]
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      COPYRIGHT 2018 Midwest Book Review
      Copyright 2018 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.
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      The Tuscan Child. The Bookwatch, [s. l.], 2018. Disponível em: Acesso em: 8 jul. 2020.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 February #1

Bowen's second foray into straight historical fiction, after In Farleigh Field (2017), intertwines two time lines, of a father and daughter. Joanna Langley has mixed feelings about the sudden death of her disapproving father. While cleaning out his attic, she discovers a passionate letter, returned unopened from Italy. During the war, Sir Hugo Langley was shot down over a small village in Tuscany, where the kind Sofia Bartoli clandestinely tends his broken leg. Soon a friendship blossoms. The letter assures Sofia that Hugo hid their "beautiful boy," and Joanna heads to Tuscany to see if she has a half brother. Instead, she meets Renzo Bartoli, bitter at having been abandoned by his mother after the war. While Joanna learns to appreciate the beauty of the Italian countryside—especially the fresh, simple food—she tries to unravel the mystery of her father's time in Italy. But not everyone in San Salvatore wants to relive the war, and soon she is the subject of a murder investigation. The alternating narratives keep the story moving along, and the pastoral setting is transporting. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.