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Rhys Bowen long ago proved her ability to develop interesting, complex characters and intriguing mysteries.
This novel, however, is her absolute best. Set in 1944 and 1973, the premise uses the classic devise of exploring the same story from two points of view and, in this case, two time periods. Hugo Langley is living the situation in 1944 which creates the mystery for Hugo's estranged and troubled daughter Joanna to figure out in 1973 as she comes to terms with both his death and her life.
I don't want to offer any detail that would allow any kind of spoiler, but I can safely tell you that Ms. Bowen has created a mystery, a romance, and a kind of coming-of-age story that will keep you curious until the very end. Nothing much is at is appears to be.
In addition, Ms. Bowen has used language beautifully to bring several complex characters to life in settings that allow the reader to see, feel and smell.
Finally, the narrators are both excellent. Katy Sobey does a wonderful job with Joanna's voice and the characters that live the story with her in 1973 as Joanna tries to solve the mystery she finds in her father's will. But Jonathan Keeble is simply outstanding reading Hugo as a British pilot trapped in a tiny town in Italy under German occupation as the Allies get closer.
I highly and enthusiastically recommend The Tuscan Child. Don't hesitate. Get it.
41 of 41 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to The Tuscan Child the most enjoyable?
I felt like I was there, and since I am going to Rome, now I want to add Tuscany to the trip (but the town is made up, sigh)
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Joanna. she seemed sensible for 1973.
What about Jonathan Keeble and Katy Sobey ’s performance did you like?
I like the fact that Audible used a man for a man's voice and a woman for the woman's part and not a back and forth with a woman trying to do a man's voice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I couldn't listen to it fast enough.
Any additional comments?
Definitely one I will recommend. I have read others by this author. she is one of my "check out to see if she has a new book out" authors.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful
Had me entranced from beginning to end,love the picture that was evoked by the plot.
Have been a big Rhys Bowen fan since reading my first Royal Spyness mystery.
Hope we get to experience more from my favourite author soon.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Written so vidily I felt I was there in the scene with the characters. Great story with an optimistic outlook. It took me a while to get used to the narration as it was dramatised. However I would highly recommend this book for its storyline and imagry.