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 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.Near...

Details The Tuscan Child

TitleThe Tuscan Child
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Cultural, Italy, War, World War II

Reviews The Tuscan Child

  • Linda
    "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 la...
  • Liz
    Barely 3 stars. I had enjoyed In Farleigh Field, so I was pleased to get an advance copy of this novel. Bowen is again covering the time period of WWII. The book is told in two parts, Hugo Langley’s escape after his plane goes down over Tuscany in 1944 and his daughter Joanna’s return to their home after his death in 1973 and subsequent trip to Italy. This book starts off slowly. I wasn’t immediately invested in Joanna’s story. For starte...
  • ❀⊱Rory⊰❀
    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 Joanna wasn't close to her father, a rather cold and withdrawn man who became even more distant after the death of Joanna's mother. The mysterious letter gives Joanna a glimpse into her father's heart,...
  • Bam
    *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 ...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    Historical novels usually have to be very good in order to capture and hold my attention, and this one fit the bill. In this story, we travel with Joanna Langley from Surrey, England in the early 1970s into the lush, rolling hills of Tuscany and the little village of San Salvatore as she searches for clues about her recently deceased father’s past. Along the way, we are also treated to her father’s story of survival and romance at the end of ...
  • Cynthia
    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 more 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 th...
  • Siobhan
    Having read and enjoyed Rhys Bowen’s In Farleigh Field, I was more 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 ...
  • Kathryn
    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 ...
  • Janelle
    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...
  • The Lit Bitch
    WWII romances are so my thing, but this book was so much more 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 Moll...
  • Cindy Burnett
    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.
  • Karen
    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 ...
  • Karen
    I received this from 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 c...
  • Bebe (Sarah) Brechner
    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 more 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...
  • Kathy
    Last year, the prolific Rhys Bowen gifted us with a stand-alone book, Farleigh Field. Set in England during WWII, it was a smashing success, and it was just my cup of tea in WWII novels, with mystery and history and shocking revelations. That I had two more novels from Rhys to enjoy last year, too, in her Royal Spyness series and her Molly Murphy series, was incredible good fortune. Well, she has done it again in 2018 with the stand-alone The Tus...
  • Mark Baker
    When Hugo Langley dies, his daughter Joanna finds a letter in his possession addressed to someone named Sofia in Italy. It references “our beautiful boy.” Joanna knows her father was shot down in the Tuscany region during World War II, but does this letter mean she has a half-brother? Intrigued, Joanna sets out to learn about that time in her father’s life. What will she learn?This book switches back and forth from Hugo’s story in 1944 an...
  • Vicki
    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 l...
  • Susan Haught
    Mixed Feelings**SPOILERS AHEAD**I saw the book trailer for this title, and the similarities to my own book (A Promise of Fireflies) intrigued me. And I'm a pushover for anything Italian. But as they say, give five authors the same idea and you'll end up with five completely different stories.I enjoyed the historical aspect of the book, but not much detail was given about the German occupation in the area. There was little in the way of the consta...
  • Rebecca
    A sweet cozy mystery Immensely enjoyed this cozy mystery with elements of World War II history, exceptional food, Tuscany, England, and timeless romance involved.
  • Julie Daniels
    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.Review: When I receive a review copy of a book from a publisher, author, or publicity company, whether it's an advance copy or finished copy(early or released)...
  • Annette
    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.
  • Sarah
    4.5 stars, this was really good! The Tuscan Child is the first Rhys Bowen book I've read outside the Royal Spyness series, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's certainly very different than that lighthearted, funny series, but it was really lovely. I was engrossed in the mystery and romance of it all, and it made me want to go buy a plane ticket and visit the Italian countryside immediately. Highly recommended for historical fiction fans, espec...
  • Tammy
    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.
  • Lynn
    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 coul...
  • Cynthia Naden
    Great read. The historical context grabbed me and I couldn't put it down. Really enjoy Rhys' writing but this one is my favorite!
  • Krista
    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 h...
  • Annette
    This was a most enjoyable book. The description of the various food being prepared alone was worth the money I paid to purchase the book. The characters, plot and setting were all well put together. Rhys Bowen never disappoints me.
  • Margaret
    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 w...
  • Scooter
    very shallow. no character development. unrealistic