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, 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...
  • ❀⊱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 Joanna wasn't close to her father, a rather cold and withdrawn man who became even more distant after the death of Joanna's mother.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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Stephanie
    Without a doubt I enjoyed this story, the setting and period the story is written in. There were several parts to the story I liked and what I thought could have been fleshed out a bit more. Though I could easily see a sequel to this book. Hugo and Joanna are the two main characters in the story. Hugo is Joanna’s father and was a RAF pilot in World War II whose plane crashed in Italy near a small town where the majority of the story takes place...
  • kglibrarian
    Nothing like escaping to the hills of Tuscany. . .The Tuscan Child is written in simple, straightforward prose, yet its lack of literary intensity is what makes is such an enjoyable read. Alternating between the life of Joanna Langley in the 1970s and her father, Sir Hugo, during WWII, the story recounts tragic events that happened both during the war and afterward. The lush landscapes of England and the romantic vistas of Tuscany provide a beaut...
  • Dottie Legatos
    I tend to gravitate towards WW2 novels, so when I saw The Tuscan Child’s cover and blurb, I knew I had to read it. It’s not often that I come across a novel from this time period that is set in Italy, specifically the Tuscany area. I was not disappointed at all. This story is told from two different time periods: WW2, obviously and 1973, another feature that I enjoy in a good book. Joanna is dealing with the death of her father, Hugo Langley,...
  • Kathleen
    Thanks to both NetGalley and Lake Union publishing for this ARC, which I award 4.5 stars and thoroughly enjoyed. A different genre than I usually choose, from mystery author Rhys Bowen, but delightful to read.It was a very fine stand-alone read about WWII, told with two timelines. In 1944 a British warplane was shot down over Tuscany and Hugo Langley ( Sir Hugo actually), the pilot, although wounded parachutes to safety. The story is told alterna...
  • Janet
    This is a good book. I enjoyed the story of it. Joanna is the heroine of the story. The book goes back and forth between Joanna and her father. Hugo, the father, was an English fighter pilot whose plane was shot down over Tuscany, Italy. A woman from the small village of San Salvatore finds him and helps nurse him back to health. The story is well written but I found it at different times to be just a little disconnected/predictable. I will recom...
  • Joan
    Review of Advance Reader’s CopyShot down over Italy during the Second World War, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley, receives much-needed aid from Sofia Bartoli, a young Italian woman. She tends his wounds, brings him food, and hides him in a bombed-out monastery.Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s daughter, Joanna, travels to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral and to dispose of his meager belongings. While going through a...
  • Jeannine
    Rhys Bowen departs from her usual light mysteries for a darker, more psychological novel with mystery elements. Joanna is estranged from her father when he dies suddenly and she must return home to take care of his belongings. Among them she finds a letter revealing a side of him she was completely unaware of, a love letter to a woman in Italy he had fallen in love with after he was shot down in WWII. Joanna is stunned and decides to search for t...
  • KayKay
    Having been a long time Rhys Bowen's fan, I actually expected more before reading "The Tuscan Child." Not too much a crime mystery, but about the quest of uncovering the past romantic secret of the protagonist's deceased parent, an English, during WWII in a Tuscan village where German soldiers looted and threatened the lives of the Italian towards the end of the war. A pleasant read overall but I enjoy Ms. Bowen's other novels better. "The Tuscan...
  • Lauren
    2.5 stars rounded up (I hate to rate it so low, but it just didn't work for me). Rhys Bowen's other standalone, In Farleigh Field, set the bar very high and unfortunately this pales by comparison. The Tuscan Child feels like a short story that was stretched out to novel length. It didn't have the usual wit and humor of Rhys Bowen's other books, though she does include a lot of details about cooking and Italian food that will make you hungry as yo...
  • Gina
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC for my Kindle.Alternating between WWII and the present, a daughter goes searching for answers as to what went on with her dad during WWII.Joanna's dad passes away, and she goes to her childhood home of Langley Hall to make arrangements for his funeral and settle his estate. When going through his personal effects, she finds hints he left about his time during WWII. Since she and her dad had little contact over the ...
  • Christina Wray
    The Tuscan Child offers an intriguing story of a woman’s quest to find out what really happened to her father after his plane was shot down over the Tuscan countryside towards the end of the second world war. Through two interwoven storylines, one in the 1940s and one in the 1970s, the story explores human emotions and the decisions we make in high pressure situations. Tuscany, it’s beautiful landscape, delicious food ways, and countryside vi...
  • Colleen Maclennan
    If you want to spend some time in a quaint Italian village this is a read for you. The book transforms you to two time periods 1944 and 1973. In 1944 , Joanna’s father crashed his plane outside a tiny village in Italy .The village had been besieged by Germans so Joanna’s father who was rescued by Sofia took refuge in an old monastery. A love story develops . With the death of her father Joanna travels to this village to learn what happened. W...
  • Marilyn
    This is the second non-series novel from Rhys Bowen that I have enjoyed. The story leapt back and forth between 1944 during the war and 1973 and the next generation. It was a mystery which a veteran's daughter was trying to solve by traveling to Tuscany where her father, a bomber pilot, was forced down during the war. Events interwoven by the past and a murder makes it even more interesting. And, finally, a romance which Bowen just happens to inc...
  • Ellen
    Joanna returns home from London after her father’s death, in the 1970’s. They were not close, but she uncovers a letter which leads her to a small Tuscan town in Italy to find out more about him. In alternating chapters, Hugo’s story is told after he was shot down over Italy during World War II. This is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, with a strong sense of place, and with appealing characters. I highly recommend this novel by Rhys...
  • 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.
  • Mary
    3.5 stars rounded up. Review will post on the pub. date
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  • Laurie
    Another engrossing historical mystery from Bowen. Recommended to anyone who enjoys not-too-heavy WWII fiction and engrossing mysteries.*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing an e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Sharlene
    Another favorite to add to my list of Favorites of war genre. Moving, great characters and a mystery thrown in.
  • Leith Devine
    This is an amazing book and I loved it. Rhys Bowen writes the Royal Spyness mysteries, which are cozy mysteries set just prior to WWII. She has one other standalone book, In Farleigh Feild, set in WWII era, and this is another excellent standalone entry. Her writing is fantastic, and her plots draw you in and keep you there for the duration of the book.During WWII in the mountains over Italy, Hugo Langley, a British bomber pilot, is shot down and...
  • Christine Moore
    I truly loved this book. Joanna's father has just passed and even though they were estranged she goes to England to arrange his funeral. She finds an unopened letter addressed to Sophie. By exploring her father's past, Joanna finally finds answers for her unanswered questions she has had about her father. I loved the dual story lines of the book as it allows you to understand so much. This was a beautiful story that I didn't want to end. I receiv...