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The Tuscan child
2018
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Characters
Hugo Langley (Male), Bomber pilot, British, Parachuted into Tuscany during WWII; Badly wounded
Sofia Bartoli (Female), Spent time with Hugo during WWII
Joanna Langley (Female), British, Hugo's daughter
Genre
Fiction
Family
Historical
Mystery
Topics
Bomber pilots
World War II
Unexpected love
Fathers and daughters
Letters
Secrets
Journeys
Healing
Setting
Tuscany, Italy - Europe
Time Period
1944 -- 20th century
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  Library Journal Review

In her new stand-alone, Bowen (In Farleigh Field, the "Royal Spyness" and "Molly Murphy" series) gives us two stories wrapped in family history. Going through her recently deceased father's belongings, Joanna Langley finds a letter that stimulates her curiosity about the period when he was shot down over Tuscany during World War II. Seeking to understand more about the distant man with a serious limp, she begins to wonder if the events of the war shaped his later life. At a personal crossroads of her own, Joanna decides to travel to the Italian village mentioned in the letter in hopes of learning more about what happened there. The story shifts between his story of survival and her story of discovery. The villagers are not eager to recall the German occupation, and Joanna's questions set off a series of events none of them would have anticipated. Verdict There are few surprises here, but readers who enjoy World War ll historical fiction and rural Italian culture will appreciate this story by a master of her genre.-Cheryl Bryan, Orleans, MA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
<p> From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Rhys Bowen comes a haunting novel about a woman who braves her father's hidden past to discover his secrets... </p> <p> "Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them." --NPR </p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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...</p>
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