The Tuscan Child

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Rhys Bowen’s latest novel, The Tuscan Child, seamlessly shifts back and forth between 1944 in war-torn Italy and 1973 in Surrey, England. After the death of her father, Hugo, Joanna Langley returns to Langley Hall, now a prestigious private school but formerly the heraldic seat of his family, which her father had been forced to sell after the war. While going through his belongings, she comes across a letter addressed to Sophia in San Salvatore, marked “return to sender.” Leaving what remains of her family possessions–a few paintings and bits of furniture–with her family barrister, she heads to Italy to try to learn about her father’s time there. Both storylines intertwine and inform each other, and the reader has the enjoyable job of untangling the plot and watching as Joanna finally finds a place where she truly feels at home.

Though not a fan of Bowen’s writing usually, I found this novel totally engrossing. The writing was solid and the characters engaging. I wanted nothing more than to hear her continue to describe the village in Tuscany and its surrounding hills, as the images she brought to mind were enthralling. I truly did not want the book to end.


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Author Rhys Bowen
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 365 pages
Publisher Lake Union Publishing
Publish Date 2018-Feb-20
ISBN 9781503951822
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Issue April 2018
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller
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