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She ran away through the pine trees when the soldiers came. Staggering into the hiding place, she felt a fluttering in her belly, like a butterfly grazing its wings, and knew instantly she had something to fight for. Present day: When her fiancé is tragically killed in an accident, twenty-six-year-old Alba is convinced she’s to blame. Heavy with grief and guilt, she flees She ran away through the pine trees when the soldiers came. Staggering into the hiding place, she felt a fluttering in her belly, like a butterfly grazing its wings, and knew instantly she had something to fight for. Present day: When her fiancé is tragically killed in an accident, twenty-six-year-old Alba is convinced she’s to blame. Heavy with grief and guilt, she flees to her childhood home – the tiny village of Rofelle, nestled in a remote Tuscan valley. Out hiking one day to fill the long, lonely hours, she finds a mahogany box filled with silverware, hidden near the vine-covered ruins of an isolated house left abandoned after World War II. Could finding the rightful owner ease Alba’s heartache, and somehow make amends for her own wrongs? In search of answers, Alba meets Massimo, an elderly man who wants to spend his final years pruning his fruit trees, alone with his painful memories. His face turns pale when Alba brings up the war, but she senses that their shared grief connects them. An unlikely friendship grows as little by little Massimo speaks of Lucia: a wild young girl with sparkling eyes who fell in love with an enemy soldier, bravely stole precious Italian treasures back from Nazi occupiers, and whose selfless courage and sacrifice altered the course of the war – and Massimo’s life. With each visit, Alba gets closer to unravelling the mystery of the silver, and they both start putting their ghosts to rest. But there’s one part of Lucia’s story that Massimo might never be able to share – and he’s running out of time. Has Alba churned up emotions that are too painful to ever confront? Or, will unearthing a wartime secret that has lain buried for generations finally bring Massimo peace? An absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking read that will sweep you away to the rugged mountains and lush olive groves of Tuscany. Fans of The Nightingale, Rhys Bowen and Julianne MacLean will be captivated. What readers are saying about Angela Petch: ‘Astounding... I don’t think there is a single page that does not have you racing to read what happens next… heartbreaking... a riveting read, it is an enthralling experience… a must-read.’ Giascribes ‘Fantastic read… I loved this book... will grab you and hold onto you long after you put it down... an amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Heartbreaking and compelling... A beautiful story, told with such emotion and feeling that it makes you forget where you are and what you are doing!’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Boy what an emotional read… I felt myself welling up and on the verge of tears… written superbly.’ The Ginger Book Geek ‘Wow!... The writing is magnificent… A story of love, loss, secrets and hope… I have truly fallen in love… A beautiful, touching story that I would recommend to everyone.’ Cooking the Books


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She ran away through the pine trees when the soldiers came. Staggering into the hiding place, she felt a fluttering in her belly, like a butterfly grazing its wings, and knew instantly she had something to fight for. Present day: When her fiancé is tragically killed in an accident, twenty-six-year-old Alba is convinced she’s to blame. Heavy with grief and guilt, she flees She ran away through the pine trees when the soldiers came. Staggering into the hiding place, she felt a fluttering in her belly, like a butterfly grazing its wings, and knew instantly she had something to fight for. Present day: When her fiancé is tragically killed in an accident, twenty-six-year-old Alba is convinced she’s to blame. Heavy with grief and guilt, she flees to her childhood home – the tiny village of Rofelle, nestled in a remote Tuscan valley. Out hiking one day to fill the long, lonely hours, she finds a mahogany box filled with silverware, hidden near the vine-covered ruins of an isolated house left abandoned after World War II. Could finding the rightful owner ease Alba’s heartache, and somehow make amends for her own wrongs? In search of answers, Alba meets Massimo, an elderly man who wants to spend his final years pruning his fruit trees, alone with his painful memories. His face turns pale when Alba brings up the war, but she senses that their shared grief connects them. An unlikely friendship grows as little by little Massimo speaks of Lucia: a wild young girl with sparkling eyes who fell in love with an enemy soldier, bravely stole precious Italian treasures back from Nazi occupiers, and whose selfless courage and sacrifice altered the course of the war – and Massimo’s life. With each visit, Alba gets closer to unravelling the mystery of the silver, and they both start putting their ghosts to rest. But there’s one part of Lucia’s story that Massimo might never be able to share – and he’s running out of time. Has Alba churned up emotions that are too painful to ever confront? Or, will unearthing a wartime secret that has lain buried for generations finally bring Massimo peace? An absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking read that will sweep you away to the rugged mountains and lush olive groves of Tuscany. Fans of The Nightingale, Rhys Bowen and Julianne MacLean will be captivated. What readers are saying about Angela Petch: ‘Astounding... I don’t think there is a single page that does not have you racing to read what happens next… heartbreaking... a riveting read, it is an enthralling experience… a must-read.’ Giascribes ‘Fantastic read… I loved this book... will grab you and hold onto you long after you put it down... an amazing story.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Heartbreaking and compelling... A beautiful story, told with such emotion and feeling that it makes you forget where you are and what you are doing!’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘Boy what an emotional read… I felt myself welling up and on the verge of tears… written superbly.’ The Ginger Book Geek ‘Wow!... The writing is magnificent… A story of love, loss, secrets and hope… I have truly fallen in love… A beautiful, touching story that I would recommend to everyone.’ Cooking the Books

30 review for The Tuscan Girl: Completely gripping WW2 historical fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shalini

    I don't read many historical fiction, but when an author is recommended, then I do. This was one of them. Alva in the present time had lost her fiancé to an accident. Heartbroken and listless, she went back home to Tuscany to her parents to get her life sorted. There she met a 90-year-old Massisimo, and his story and secrets brought Alba back to the world of living. My first book by author Angela Perch, the prose was mesmerizing, the beauty of the story just reflected off the words like sparklin I don't read many historical fiction, but when an author is recommended, then I do. This was one of them. Alva in the present time had lost her fiancé to an accident. Heartbroken and listless, she went back home to Tuscany to her parents to get her life sorted. There she met a 90-year-old Massisimo, and his story and secrets brought Alba back to the world of living. My first book by author Angela Perch, the prose was mesmerizing, the beauty of the story just reflected off the words like sparkling gold. There was a sense of timelessness telling me the events of the present along with taking me back to the times of strive. I felt like a river being taken in hand and shown the path to follow. I could do nothing but flow down the course of the story as it went through every bend and twisted turns. Lucia, Florian, and Massimo fascinated me with their love, and their story captivated me. The generosity of their hearts and their capacity for love humbled me. Author Angela Perch made the story of the past and present come alive in its fluidity. Alba in the present, who got to know the entire story via Massisimo, was transformed over the pages. I loved her kindness and how she healed slowly over time. There was enough of a mystery happening in the book that made even a non reader of this genre like me to get into the story. Angela has done a brilliant job with this book. I was completely taken over by her story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lee Husemann

    Very powerful and heartbreaking story about love and loss going between England 1943, Tuscany 1945 and present day Tuscany. Alba Starnucci is living in London with her boyfriend James when he is killed in an accident. Alba blames herself and returns to her father and step-mother's home in Tuscany to recover. When Alba meets 90 year old Massimo things get very interesting as hidden secrets are revealed. This is a very well researched and well written story about Tuscany during World War II. I fel Very powerful and heartbreaking story about love and loss going between England 1943, Tuscany 1945 and present day Tuscany. Alba Starnucci is living in London with her boyfriend James when he is killed in an accident. Alba blames herself and returns to her father and step-mother's home in Tuscany to recover. When Alba meets 90 year old Massimo things get very interesting as hidden secrets are revealed. This is a very well researched and well written story about Tuscany during World War II. I felt the characters were well-developed and likeable for the most part. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very riveting book that I really enjoyed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    E.J. Bauer

    Tuscany. What an evocative word. This book links the beauty of Arrezzo's hilly countryside with a poignant recounting of life during the last months of WWII. Cleverly weaving events of the present day with the stark realities of German occupation and Italian resistance, the author introduces a cast of finely drawn characters who share their hopes, fears, joys and loves with the reader. Another book I couldn't leave and well worth 5 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Alba is devastated and plagued with guilt when her fiancé is killed in an accident. She thinks she will be able to regroup by heading to her childhood home in a very small village in the Tuscan valley. When she discovers a box filled with silverware, near the ruins of a house abandoned after the second World War, she finds direction. She wants to find the owners of the silverware. One of the people she meets is an elderly man named Massimo. When Alba is speaking with him, the pain and sadness is Alba is devastated and plagued with guilt when her fiancé is killed in an accident. She thinks she will be able to regroup by heading to her childhood home in a very small village in the Tuscan valley. When she discovers a box filled with silverware, near the ruins of a house abandoned after the second World War, she finds direction. She wants to find the owners of the silverware. One of the people she meets is an elderly man named Massimo. When Alba is speaking with him, the pain and sadness is evident in his face. Alba cannot let go, however, and speaks to Massimo yet again. The two find make a connection in their grief. More and more Massimo trusts Alba and he begins to tell her of a young girl he knew during the war named Lucia. This is where the story often switches to the past. Lucia was a brave young woman and changed Massimo's life forever. What a mystery to be solved. However, it is heartbreaking. As the horrors of the war grew close to Lucia and Massimo they were not happy-go-lucky young lovers. Their love was fraught with heartbreak and danger. Alba finds ways to help Massimo to recount these memories, although it is clear his life cycle is nearing its end. I do love the decisions each of the main characters made throughout the story, but especially Alba. The Tuscan Girl is a touching story that touches on yet a different aspect of the war. It never ceases to surprise me as I continue to read historical fiction novels on how many ways lives were affected and forever changed. I did read The Tuscan Secret previously by Angela Petch and I fell in love with Tuscany then. She did another fantastic job of making the characters and the settings feel real to me. I enjoy her writing and look forward to reading much more as time goes on. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ixxati

    I'm into historical fiction these days. I like reading bout the hardship, trying to survive wars, the pain losing people they love and etc I don't know why but I love it! It feels like I understand them lol Omg! I loved this book! It was written in past and present days. The main characters are Lucia and Alba. But sometimes I got confused because there are Florian, Massimo and Alfiero point of views too 😅 Thank you Netgalley, publisher and author for this amazing story of The Tuscan Girl!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emma Crowley

    The Tuscan Girl is the second book from Angela Petch and it was just as good as her first as she transports us away to Italy to tell a story of two women separated by many years but who both endure so much whilst always trying to follow their hearts and do their best. A brief but tense prologue introduces us to Lucia in 1945 as she awakes to the smell of smoke and the sound of screams. She needs to get out as soon as possible but she knows nothing in her life will be routine any more and it's as The Tuscan Girl is the second book from Angela Petch and it was just as good as her first as she transports us away to Italy to tell a story of two women separated by many years but who both endure so much whilst always trying to follow their hearts and do their best. A brief but tense prologue introduces us to Lucia in 1945 as she awakes to the smell of smoke and the sound of screams. She needs to get out as soon as possible but she knows nothing in her life will be routine any more and it's as if there is no point in her continuing on. But she is hiding something and although her heart is broken this perhaps will give her the courage and strength to battle on and push through the most difficult of times to hopefully reach a more happier and contented state of mind. The story itself moves back and forth between Alba in the present and Lucia back during the war years. Anglea Petch carried off the dual timeline story to perfection as this time around with book two moving back and forth between two different characters and time settings I thought everything worked much more seamlessly than it had in her previous book. In The Tuscan Secret the strands of the story which focused on the past were told in a diary format and for some reason this didn't work for me whereas here we were right there with Lucia as she strives to reach her goal of becoming a doctor all amidst the backdrop of war. I felt I got to know her character very well as we were really present, as her life changes all because she fell in love with someone who was viewed as being the wrong person. In present day London, Alba Starnucci opens the door to find a police officer standing there with bad news, her partner James has been killed in an accident. This tears Alba's world apart even more so the fact was the last time she saw James they parted on bad terms after having an argument about their future.This guilt will eat away at Alba, she feels James' death is her responsibility. So when her father and stepmother suggest she come visit them in Italy she knows she needs to take the opportunity to get away from everything. To take time out to comprehend what has happened and to try and seek some form of closure and acceptance and to free herself from the culpability that is wearing away at her. Much needed space is on offer with her parents and little does she know she will go through an experience which will provide links to the past and allow her to establish connections and seek resolution in the present. Something started to niggle at me when Alba reaches her parents house in Italy and when I stopped to go back and check some details about the authors first book then it came to me. Alba was the young girl who featured in The Tuscan Secret and her stepmother Anna and father Francesco were the main characters in that book. I thought this was brilliant that we were getting a continuation of sorts of their story but instead we have moved forward several years and we can see how Alba has changed from the quiet girl we first met. It really was a clever way of bringing a new story to her readers whilst at the same time characters readers had been deeply invested in previously were not forgotten. I would actually love to see could the author continue this with book three or will she turn to a whole new set of characters and even a different setting? It's clear to anyone that Alba is deeply hurting and as she takes the time to come to terms with her loss she uncovers a story that makes her want to seek answers. She walks around the countryside and mountains which surrounds her family home and high up in the ruins of an old hideaway used by the resistance fighters she believes she sees a man. Is it a trick of light or her imagination? Soon, she discovers a hidden box full of silver objects containing a crest. Immediately Alba's thoughts run riot as to their origin and with the help of Alfiero Paoli, an old schoolmate who now works in the tourist office, Alba sets out uncovering the stories of the past in the hopes of bringing about resolution for her in the present. Massimo, who played a small role in the previous book, becomes known to Alba and as their friendship grows deeper he recollects to her his own story and how he knew Lucia. I loved the mystery element of the book as a whole and how Alba uses Lucia's story to take her mind off her own anxieties and problems but yet at the same time it was like she needed to do all this and seek answers in order to help with her own healing process. The opportunity to discover the ordinary roles that people played in the war was one not to be missed and as Lucia and her secrets had remained dormant with Massimo for so many years and there were even some elements of the story he did not know, Alba becomes the one who is worthy of discovering the truth behind the contents of the box and in turn the full story of Lucia. Lucia was a woman ahead of her time in the fact she wasn't one who was going to leave it too late to do the things she wanted to do with her life. She knew life was precious and short even more so with the Germans rampaging across her beloved homeland. She deserved nothing but admiration for wanting to train in a male dominated world of medicine because she knew she had the fortitude to reach her goal and make changes in peoples lives. In the hills above her village resistance fighters had made so many sacrifices and endured brutality and massacres all for their country and even though she couldn't engage in the same way as they did she knew she could play a role no matter how small. What she couldn't foretell was that her heart would be taken by an enemy soldier whose own heart is sickened by the sights of war and all he is forced to do. One would think when reading that instantly you would judge Lucia for what unfolds but you don't. We are all human and if our heart is telling us something we must follow it no matter the consequences. Lucia took risks and if discovered there would be brutal and far reaching affects. She deserved respect and to be held in high regard for what she puts herself through and I hoped Alba would discover these qualities. Both Lucia and Alba are two strong Tuscan women who are both searching for something and across the tides of time they may just find what they are looking for. I loved joining the dots between books one and two and combined with a brilliantly plotted storyline and such glorious, vivid descriptions of the Italian landscape The Tuscan Girl was a book I really enjoyed reading. It is a prime example of a historical fiction book which brings the past to life and reminds us never to forget the sacrifices so many made so we could have our freedom today. At its centre is a story of love, loss and heartbreak but also one of sheer determination, courage and strength in times of adversity, cruelty and destruction. Angela Petch casts the spotlight on the Italian resistance of which I did not know much about before and sheds light on just one strand of many which helped to win the war. The characters jump off the pages and feel as if they could be real and this makes for an absorbing, empowering and gripping story. I look forward to where the author will take us next as she definitely as a way of bringing the past to life through such fantastic writing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Loved it!!! Beautiful description of the landscape. It wasn't until the end that I realized that Anna and Francesco were the same people from "The Tuscan Secret" (which I loved!!!!) My favorite part of the book was reading about Massimo and Lucia. I didn't realized how many Italians were kept as POWs in England during the war. I found it very interesting reading about Massimo and Salvo's time with the Spinks. I hated how Lucia's neighbor's treated her. The scene with her in the town square and w Loved it!!! Beautiful description of the landscape. It wasn't until the end that I realized that Anna and Francesco were the same people from "The Tuscan Secret" (which I loved!!!!) My favorite part of the book was reading about Massimo and Lucia. I didn't realized how many Italians were kept as POWs in England during the war. I found it very interesting reading about Massimo and Salvo's time with the Spinks. I hated how Lucia's neighbor's treated her. The scene with her in the town square and what happens to her house and family were heartbreaking. I'm not sure how Lucia survived before Massimo finally returned home. Massmo was such a sweet man. I loved the relationship he had with Lucia, Alba and I can't forget Lupino. He was such a sweet and loving man. So glad Alfi and Alba were able to reconnect as friends after so many years. They were able to help each other with the James and Beatrice situations. Beatrice is one scary lady. I would always keep my doors and windows locked. The ending of the book was perfect. Definitely recommend the book. Loved everything about it- the story, characters and writing style. Look forward to reading more books by the author. Love the cover of the book!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookouture through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    Historical fiction isn't usually my thing, but this magical and memorable book effortlessly transported me back in time (and satisfied my need for a contemporary feel too). Having visited the area of Tuscany where it is set, I felt an even stronger pull, with the author's descriptions of the land, food and people wrapping around me like a comforting blanket. There are so many strong characters – from Alba, nursing guilt and a broken heart, to Massimo, who we meet both in the past and the present. Historical fiction isn't usually my thing, but this magical and memorable book effortlessly transported me back in time (and satisfied my need for a contemporary feel too). Having visited the area of Tuscany where it is set, I felt an even stronger pull, with the author's descriptions of the land, food and people wrapping around me like a comforting blanket. There are so many strong characters – from Alba, nursing guilt and a broken heart, to Massimo, who we meet both in the past and the present. Then there is the brave and resourceful Lucia, who falls in love with someone against impossible odds, and the enigmatic nun, Lodovica whose kindness and wise counsel help Alba's childhood friend, Alfiero find peace after a traumatic event. The book is filled with beautiful lines. 'As the landscape outside froze over, she began to thaw inside.' 'The square at Badia had lost several of its buildings. The little town was like a gaping mouth with missing teeth.' 'They were no longer like buzzards circling each other high in the clouds. Occasionally their wings would touch.' The horror and futility of war is ever-present, but through it all the message of human resilience shines through. I had tears in my eyes several times, but ultimately felt uplifted by the overriding message of hope.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Veronica Barton

    Alba is reeling from a catastrophic break-up with her boyfriend in London. They’ve been together for years, but in an unexpected twist, James breaks up with her. A tragic accident sends Alba into a deep depression. Her family and friends are deeply concerned, will she recover from the fatal relationship? Alba returns to her parents home in Tuscany to recover mentally and figure out her new life directions. A chance holiday dinner encounter brings her in touch with Massimo, an older man from the v Alba is reeling from a catastrophic break-up with her boyfriend in London. They’ve been together for years, but in an unexpected twist, James breaks up with her. A tragic accident sends Alba into a deep depression. Her family and friends are deeply concerned, will she recover from the fatal relationship? Alba returns to her parents home in Tuscany to recover mentally and figure out her new life directions. A chance holiday dinner encounter brings her in touch with Massimo, an older man from the village with a bittersweet WWII past. As Alba regains her mental footings, she reaches out to the man with the war torn past, listening to his sometimes tragic and heartwarming lessons of experiences and relationships gone-by. Will the gift of life’s insights help heal her wounded heart? Author Petch gives us an insightful read on dealing with heartbreak, tragedy and new directions in the present, guided by the sagas, dreams and lessons learned from the past. A delightful life journey filled with visual descriptions that transport you to the scene. A moving historical fiction tale, highly recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Noble

    For those who love Ms Petch’s previous Tuscan books, Tuscan girl will continue to delight. This one takes the story of Anna’s family forward to the next generation. Alba needs a project to lead her back to normality after her boyfriend’s demise and she finds it in the mountains of her youth. The ruins of a partisan hiding place on the Mountains of the Moon give her a glimpse into the troubled past of WW2 and the story is set as Alba is drawn into a mystery of discovered treasure and a mysterious For those who love Ms Petch’s previous Tuscan books, Tuscan girl will continue to delight. This one takes the story of Anna’s family forward to the next generation. Alba needs a project to lead her back to normality after her boyfriend’s demise and she finds it in the mountains of her youth. The ruins of a partisan hiding place on the Mountains of the Moon give her a glimpse into the troubled past of WW2 and the story is set as Alba is drawn into a mystery of discovered treasure and a mysterious wraith. Once again, this book is a feast of the senses. The wildflowers which beckon Spring, the tastes of a simple feast, the mountain views – all make you want to hop on the next plane to visit the area. I loved the character of the elderly Massimo who reveals the story of the enigmatic Lucia, a victim of both the Germans and her neighbours. The relationship which develops between the old man and Alba is beautifully told.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Donna Maguire

    https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I loved the writing style for this book and the cover fits the story perfectly, it was a magic book to read and the author really transported me back in time – it was a gorgeous story to read! I found this a really easy story to read, the author set the pace and tone for the book brilliantly, it was a book that hooked me in and I carried on reading as I wanted to know how it would all end. The author really brought the story to life for me and I was happy t https://donnasbookblog.wordpress.com/... I loved the writing style for this book and the cover fits the story perfectly, it was a magic book to read and the author really transported me back in time – it was a gorgeous story to read! I found this a really easy story to read, the author set the pace and tone for the book brilliantly, it was a book that hooked me in and I carried on reading as I wanted to know how it would all end. The author really brought the story to life for me and I was happy to relax and just let her take me away with the story. It was quite an emotional read in places and the author left me wanting to give the main characters big hugs at times, they were so well developed and believable - I was really invested in their story! I loved reading how their relationships developed, the story has drama, romance and ultimately their resilience and determination to succeed. It is 4.5 stars from me for this one, rounded up to 5 stars for Goodreads and Amazon, it was a lovely story, well written with some fabulous characters, it is a lovely piece of historical fiction – very highly recommended!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sandra McKenna

    Fantastico! Oh my goodness, this is such a poignant and emotional story, set in Tuscany during the present day with reflections back to World War II and immediately after. Alba befriends an old veteran, and long held secrets from the past are finally revealed. I loved The Tuscan Secret, and this book is equally as good. So well written and researched, this story had me hooked from beginning to end. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Karyn

    The Tuscan Girl I love historical fiction and especially stories about WWII and the lives of those living in the desperate times of Nazi invasion and the heroic partisan fighters. This book did not disappoint. It is well written and well researched. The lives of Italian men, women and children living through the war is heart breaking. Young men being enlisted to fight and ending up as prisoners of war. The partisan fighters and their strength of will. The fear of people living with war on their d The Tuscan Girl I love historical fiction and especially stories about WWII and the lives of those living in the desperate times of Nazi invasion and the heroic partisan fighters. This book did not disappoint. It is well written and well researched. The lives of Italian men, women and children living through the war is heart breaking. Young men being enlisted to fight and ending up as prisoners of war. The partisan fighters and their strength of will. The fear of people living with war on their doorstep. The wonderful descriptions of the beautiful Italian countryside. There are so many parts to this book. The love story of Lucia and her German captain Florian; Lucia’s childhood friend Massimo and his life abroad and then his return to his childhood village. Alba and the loss of her fiancé in London and her return home to Italy to recover and her befriending Massimo and learning of his and Lucia history. The story is spun through a mix of timelines which is beautifully done. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review. Highly recommend reading this title. 5/5

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sydney Long

    I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose a brief summary of this book is a good start. It alternates between present day and the early 1940’s in Tuscany. Present day Alba returns home to Italy after tragically losing her boyfriend in a motor accident. There she meets Massimo, an elderly former WWII POW. Together, they help each other heal. Massimo has been bottling up his wartime experiences and Alba blames herself for her boyfriends death. They instantly feel a connection and for the first t I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose a brief summary of this book is a good start. It alternates between present day and the early 1940’s in Tuscany. Present day Alba returns home to Italy after tragically losing her boyfriend in a motor accident. There she meets Massimo, an elderly former WWII POW. Together, they help each other heal. Massimo has been bottling up his wartime experiences and Alba blames herself for her boyfriends death. They instantly feel a connection and for the first time, Massimo feels comfortable enough to tell his story. His story helps Alba heal and find her way again. There is so much more to this beautiful story but I want you to discover that for yourself. I absolutely adored this book. I suppose it’s best if I start by saying how connected I personally feel to one of the main, present day, characters...Alba. I’m often drawn to the WWII generation and they are extremely comfortable with me. It was extremely easy for me to slip into Alba’s shoes as she befriends Massimo. There is so much that generation can teach us, we just have to be willing to listen. And for many of that generation, they’ve held in their stories until the right now. As that generation slowly disappears, these stories are precious and should be heard as well as learned from. The picture that the author paints is both beautiful and devastating. What I love even more is that the descriptions are so detailed, I could actually picture it in my mind and those are my favorite kind of stories...ones that I can completely immerse my imagination into. While liberties were taken throughout the story, much of the historical events were very real. I encourage you read the authors notes to give you more detail on the historical aspect. Too little is known about the Italian resistance during WWII and this story sheds some light on that. Thank you so much to NetGalley, Bookouture, and Angela Petch for the privilege of reading this story early!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brenda S

    The Tuscan Secret, and Girl I read both books and fell in love with the characters and Tuscany. I cried for their lost loves, their suffering and their pain. I walked those mountain trails with you and felt the sun and breeze on my face. I heard the wolves howl and the laughter from the villagers. I heard the cannons and the bullets hitting all around. Yet, I also felt the peace, sorrow and love of the people whose depths of character helped to put my broken heart back together with their wisdom The Tuscan Secret, and Girl I read both books and fell in love with the characters and Tuscany. I cried for their lost loves, their suffering and their pain. I walked those mountain trails with you and felt the sun and breeze on my face. I heard the wolves howl and the laughter from the villagers. I heard the cannons and the bullets hitting all around. Yet, I also felt the peace, sorrow and love of the people whose depths of character helped to put my broken heart back together with their wisdom , gentleness and incredible stories.I thank you, for writing these beautiful stories and sharing them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jena Henry

    Ever since the popular book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, Tuscany invokes in me the feeling of getting away and starting a new life filled with peace and tranquility in the midst of timeless history. Author Angela Petch is up to the challenge of portraying her vision of the Tuscan countryside in an equally evocative and inspiring book that showcases the foods, homes, families and culture of Tuscany. Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a chance and starting anew in Tuscany? The Tuscan Girl is a stan Ever since the popular book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, Tuscany invokes in me the feeling of getting away and starting a new life filled with peace and tranquility in the midst of timeless history. Author Angela Petch is up to the challenge of portraying her vision of the Tuscan countryside in an equally evocative and inspiring book that showcases the foods, homes, families and culture of Tuscany. Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a chance and starting anew in Tuscany? The Tuscan Girl is a stand-alone companion to the author’s first Tuscan valentine, The Tuscan Secret. As we have come to expect from a book by Angela Petch, the characters and settings are the main course of this Italian feast. We get to know and deeply care about the characters from the World War II part of the story, Lucia and Florian, Salvo, Molly, the Spinks. The characters from the present are equally compelling, Alba, Alfi, and Lodovica. Massimo is the heart of the book and he appears in both the World War II story and the present. I found myself rereading a quote or description because it was filled with joy, humor, or wisdom. The descriptions of Tuscany are reason enough to read the book. Many of the views of Tuscany are seen through Alba’s keen artist eyes. I know many readers may be used to skipping over descriptions of scenery or food, but don’t- you won’t want to miss a word. The characters love their world and share it with us from their views of trout in a stream to the unfolding of mountains and valleys. The scenes would bring joy to an Italian Renaissance painter. There are two Tuscan girls in the story- Lucia in World War II and Alba in the present. The story of Italy’s travails during World War II are horrific and should not be forgotten. So, why did I give this lovely book 4 stars? Mainly because there is too much. Too many changes in time which take away from the puzzles and mysteries by revealing too much, too many characters, and too many individual stories. On the other hand, many readers may find this story to be just what they wanted. Overall, this is a lovely poem to Tuscany and all that she has endured and given to the world. Recommend. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a review copy. This is my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I have read the previous two books in this series and I really enjoyed both of them. I read the synopsis for 'The Tuscan Girl' and I couldn't wait to get hold of a copy, as it sounded like another fabulous read. I wasn't wrong either because 'The Tuscan Girl' is a fabulous book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit. It didn't take me long at all to get into this book. As soon as I started to read, I knew that I was going to be in for a treat and that I would find it inc I have read the previous two books in this series and I really enjoyed both of them. I read the synopsis for 'The Tuscan Girl' and I couldn't wait to get hold of a copy, as it sounded like another fabulous read. I wasn't wrong either because 'The Tuscan Girl' is a fabulous book, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit. It didn't take me long at all to get into this book. As soon as I started to read, I knew that I was going to be in for a treat and that I would find it increasingly difficult to put the book to one side for any length of time. I was right on both counts. I only meant to read a couple of chapters to fill in the odd ten minutes or so but I became that immersed in the story that the ten minutes stretched into half an hour. Boring things like life got in the way and so I wasn't able to read the book over the course of a day but I did manage to finish reading the book in three days. If I had to put the book down, then I would look forward to being able to pick the book up again. This was a thoroughly enjoyable and emotive read. 'The Tuscan Girl' is well written. The author has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. She draws you into the story from the start and then takes you on one heck of an emotional rollercoaster ride. The story is set mostly in the present day but with frequent mention of things that happened during the Second World War. I often felt as though I had been picked up from the North East of England and transported to Tuscany, a place where the weather was a lot warmer and the atmosphere was very different. If I closed my eyes, it was easy to imagine that I was in Tuscany with the sun beating down on my face and that's all thanks to Angela's fantastic descriptions of the area and of the people. I felt as though I was part of the story myself. In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'The Tuscan Girl' and I would recommend it to other readers. I will definitely be reading more of Angela's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gaele

    Alba has lived her life splitting time between London and Tuscany, until she retreats after her long-term boyfriend is killed and she is in need of healing, time away and a way to offload her guilt. Returning to the family home, she’s morose and everyone is worried for her. But, with time away, there is a sense of healing and opportunity – and she heads out to walk in the hills surrounding the home. Strange moments and feelings, like someone is watching her brings Alba to asking questions, some Alba has lived her life splitting time between London and Tuscany, until she retreats after her long-term boyfriend is killed and she is in need of healing, time away and a way to offload her guilt. Returning to the family home, she’s morose and everyone is worried for her. But, with time away, there is a sense of healing and opportunity – and she heads out to walk in the hills surrounding the home. Strange moments and feelings, like someone is watching her brings Alba to asking questions, some of Massimo, a local who has been invited to dinner and with his abrupt departure, has grief from the war years buried within. Slowly but surely, Massimo sees that Alba is also grieving, and is looking for connection and to ease her grief. When she discovers a box of buried treasure, her first questions are for him. He was there during the war, he’s got stories to share and maybe more about the girl Lucia. Slowly but surely they uncover the history and share their tales, as Alba learns of the terrors and tragedies during the war, and Massimo is able to share his life and stories, and perhaps find some healing within it all. Not a happy-go-lucky story by any measure, the mysteries and the discoveries come fast and furiously: leaving the reader often gasping for breath as Alba was, in learning of the struggles, the dangers and the retributions during the war. Slowly Massimo is able to unpack his own story and burdens, and Alba finds a sort of ‘peace’ in both his story and his survival: never quite forgetting, but the ability to put the guilt aside as the story unfolds and his place in history is shown. A lovely read that allows the reader to engage with stories from the past, told through a new form, and letting the struggles and strife of a life during war finding new hope after it all ends. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. Review first appeared at I am, Indeed

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey

    This was a beautiful and thought-provoking book and was an utter joy to read. You can feel her love for Tuscany radiate off the page and it has made me want to visit the area even more! But it was the characters which made this book sing, they are so beautiful in their souls. . When it comes to history I am very much interested in individuals lives, especially when it comes to war. I don’t really care about battles and manoeuvres, it’s about how people coped with the circumstances surrounding the This was a beautiful and thought-provoking book and was an utter joy to read. You can feel her love for Tuscany radiate off the page and it has made me want to visit the area even more! But it was the characters which made this book sing, they are so beautiful in their souls. . When it comes to history I am very much interested in individuals lives, especially when it comes to war. I don’t really care about battles and manoeuvres, it’s about how people coped with the circumstances surrounding the war. The passages where we see Massimo in the Italian POW camps were of interest as although I was aware of them, I didn’t know a lot about them. I wasn’t aware they were allowed to be billeted out to farms etc and enjoy free time out of the camps. I also knew nothing I am embarrassed to admit about the how the war played out on Italian soil. But this is what makes great historical fiction in my mind, you learn from it! Yes it is fiction, but the best versions are extensively researched and based on real events. They allow the reader to feel as if they have lived in the period and encourage them to find out more after they have finished the book. This was definitely the case in this instance! . The true love story in my opinion here (and therefore probably wrong!) is that of Alba and Massimo. There are not many young people who would instantly start caring for an old man who was essentially a stranger at the beginning of the book and also want to listen to their war stories! The bond between these characters was heart warming and gave me a sense of hope for the world! Corny I know but hey 🤷‍♀️! It made me think back to my relationship with my Gran and how towards the end of her life I started to record her oral history about her experiences. It was a time I loved with her.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessie Cahalin

    Tuscan Girl is packed with heart, soul and wisdom. Petch artfully weaves the past and the present, connects the generations and breathes life into forgotten histories. Troubling experiences of World War Two shape the memorable characters who will remain with you. Emotions gripped me throughout the novel. I had to find out more about the Tuscan Girl, Lucia, who is like the guiding light through the narrative. Lucia is contrasted with the modern day, Alba, whose spirit also burns brightly. Lucia’s Tuscan Girl is packed with heart, soul and wisdom. Petch artfully weaves the past and the present, connects the generations and breathes life into forgotten histories. Troubling experiences of World War Two shape the memorable characters who will remain with you. Emotions gripped me throughout the novel. I had to find out more about the Tuscan Girl, Lucia, who is like the guiding light through the narrative. Lucia is contrasted with the modern day, Alba, whose spirit also burns brightly. Lucia’s bravery inspired me and broke my heart. It is wonderful when Alba sketches the abandoned village and adds in details of another way of life – a perfect way to merge the past and present in the novel. I read this book with a lump in my throat but found sanctuary in the glorious setting. The Tuscan paradise retains its beauty despite the ugly actions of people. ‘We lose sight of what’s real when life turns dramatic…’ but Mother Nature brings us back down to earth and soothes the sensitive souls. There is a beautiful message about the need to enjoy and the simple things in life. The Tuscan mountains are the heart of humanity, but the lunar landscape reminds us of the challenges and treacherous paths. Massimo and Lodivica have travelled the paths of life and impart wisdom. Alba is at the beginning of her journey and begins to find the answers in her homeland. I loved all of the characters and each one surprised me. They all connected with a sense that ‘…only after tragedy can we feel…’ The haunting, ethereal quality of this novel had me spellbound. Ghosts of victims could not rest until their wisdom was imparted and healed the troubled souls. ‘There is a lot we don’t understand about life and the shadow of death.’ However, freedom is a gift we should all treasure. I was lost in the poetic prose of this stunning novel.

  21. 5 out of 5

    loopyloulaura

    In the present day, a personal tragedy send Alba back to her family in Italy where she learns to come to terms with her grief. She befriends an elderly man Massimo and he begins to tell her about his experiences of the Second World War. The narrative is split into three separate timelines: Alba in the present, Lucia mainly in 1944 and Massimo mainly in 1946. The author uses dramatic irony to a certain extent as we know that Massimo and Lucia marry so know what will be the partial outcome but we s In the present day, a personal tragedy send Alba back to her family in Italy where she learns to come to terms with her grief. She befriends an elderly man Massimo and he begins to tell her about his experiences of the Second World War. The narrative is split into three separate timelines: Alba in the present, Lucia mainly in 1944 and Massimo mainly in 1946. The author uses dramatic irony to a certain extent as we know that Massimo and Lucia marry so know what will be the partial outcome but we still need to learn about their journey up to that point. Lucia befriends a German soldier who has concerns about how his comrades are behaving. He decides to help the Italian partisans, but even so, Lucia is hounded out of her village for fraternising with the enemy. We learn about Massimo's experience of being a prisoner of war in England and then his return to Italy, finding Lucia again. Alba in the present day finds her childhood friend Alfi but he is struggling with a controlling girlfriend. The best and worst of humanity are demonstrated through The Tuscan Girl. We see violence and hatred on an international, local and personal scale. There is kindness and love that shines through stronger than the pain and grief that inevitably accompanies it I really enjoyed this book. The use of the three timelines allowed the events to be revealed gradually and I was completely swept up in the story of these relatable characters. I felt that the main characters had a depth which inspired an emotional connection, and I found it refreshing that Florian was portrayed as a German rather than a Nazi. The Tuscan Girl is a beautifully written book. I wanted the characters to find happiness and love: this only partially worked out but they did find peace and contentment.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Allyson

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. I had the fortune of reading this author's previous book, "The Tuscan Secret" and loved it, I knew when I saw she had a new book that I had to read it, especially when I found out that it that some of the people from her previous book were in it. It was lovely, heart-wrenching and heartwarming, sad and joyous all at once. I loved t Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. I had the fortune of reading this author's previous book, "The Tuscan Secret" and loved it, I knew when I saw she had a new book that I had to read it, especially when I found out that it that some of the people from her previous book were in it. It was lovely, heart-wrenching and heartwarming, sad and joyous all at once. I loved this story, I loved these characters and this mountainside. Alba has recently lost the man she thought would be her husband to a fatal accident and she blames herself, perhaps if they had not argued, he would still be alive, but they most certainly would not have been together, she knew he was breaking it off with her. Feeling lost and heartbroken, she leaves England and goes home to her small village in northern Italy. There she is soothed by her parents and a familiar way of life. She soon meets Massimo a 90 year old war veteran from the village, they form a quick bond. As Alba and Massimo get to know one another, they spend time at his small house in the mountainside and they unburden their secrets and he tells her of his wife, Lucia and she of her James. The story is told in two parts, the present by Alba and in the past by Lucia. The story of Lucia will stay with me, is was haunting and full of emotion. Loved every part of this book. This author is going on my list of favourites for sure.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    The Tuscan girl by Angela Petch turned out to be one in a series of three books set in Tuscany during the second World War and in the present. When I started reading Tuscan girl I was not aware that it was a sequel to a book I read before, The Tuscan Secret, but a couple of chapters into the book I started realizing that I "had met" some of the characters before. I write had met because the characters in Petch's books really seem to come alive when you read the books.t This is the story about Alba The Tuscan girl by Angela Petch turned out to be one in a series of three books set in Tuscany during the second World War and in the present. When I started reading Tuscan girl I was not aware that it was a sequel to a book I read before, The Tuscan Secret, but a couple of chapters into the book I started realizing that I "had met" some of the characters before. I write had met because the characters in Petch's books really seem to come alive when you read the books.t This is the story about Alba, the daughter of Francesco and stepdaughter of Anna from the previous book who returns to her native Rofelle in Tuscany after her fiancé dies in a car accident. Like in the other book this story is also set in two separate time-frames because a major part of the book centres around Massimo, an old man Alba meets and whose life (and love) story during the second World War she slowly discovers during this book. In the present day Alba's own love-story with her former classmate slowly develops despite encountering some ups and downs. I can recommend this book to everyone who is into historical novels, Tuscany or just anyone who wants to read a great story. I'm looking forward to reading the next sequel. Definitely 4,5 stars I want to thank Netgalley And Bookouture for providing me with an ARC of this book

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    The Tuscan girl. What an overall sweet story. This is one of those stories that jumps between present day and WWII. Alba has been through a traumatic event in her life and moves home to grieve and recover. Massimo is an older gentleman who lives in a group home as he has no family to care for him, but it's only his physical limitations that keep him from his home. Lucia is the love of Massimo's life. She is young and spunky and completely sporadic and fun. All three of these individuals come and The Tuscan girl. What an overall sweet story. This is one of those stories that jumps between present day and WWII. Alba has been through a traumatic event in her life and moves home to grieve and recover. Massimo is an older gentleman who lives in a group home as he has no family to care for him, but it's only his physical limitations that keep him from his home. Lucia is the love of Massimo's life. She is young and spunky and completely sporadic and fun. All three of these individuals come and go in this story. I loved Massimo's character. I wish we could have followed him throughout the whole book. I loved that Alba came to care for Massimo and wanted the best for him. I felt it was believable, as I have friends who would do the same. I liked this story. It wasn't my favorite historical fiction, as at times I wasn't fully invested in these characters. Again- I wish we spent more time with Massimo, as I felt his character was the most believable and endearing. It is a tragic story of love and loss, but also of redemption and love. Overall a great book. I would probably do 3 1/2 stars, but will round up to 4. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for and ARC of this book for my honest opinion.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rosalind

    I thought the mix of times worked quite well. The depiction of life in Italy during the war was hard and that came across well. I knew there had been a lot of Italian prisoners of war in the UK and I also knew that a lot worked on the farms, they were needed as so many men had gone to fight. Also a lot of the work they did like clearing streams and rivers hasn't been done since. Horrific how Lucia and her parents were treated by the neighbours and I'm sure that happened. It was very poignant the r I thought the mix of times worked quite well. The depiction of life in Italy during the war was hard and that came across well. I knew there had been a lot of Italian prisoners of war in the UK and I also knew that a lot worked on the farms, they were needed as so many men had gone to fight. Also a lot of the work they did like clearing streams and rivers hasn't been done since. Horrific how Lucia and her parents were treated by the neighbours and I'm sure that happened. It was very poignant the relationship between Massimo and Lucia and that their troubles wasn't sanitised. Maybe there is another book in which we find out more about Beatrice and Alfi, it was all left open there. Slight continuity error. When Alba phones Alfi, Beatrice says she is just going to fetch him from hospital. Virtually the next page Alba is saying that she hasn't got time to go and visit him in hospital. Some of the time lines seemed a bit short. Broken legs take weeks to heal and then an equal if longer time for physion. Alfi seemed to recover from his remarkably quickly. Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for my ARC in return for an honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    A beautiful and emotional dual timeline novel. In the modern-day, Alba returns to her family in Italy to recover from heart-break and forms a close relationship with a lovely old fella Massimo. Gradually she learns of Massimo and Lucia's war-time experiences and this helps him - and her - recover. There are a lot of different strands here, but when they all come together and you realise how inter-connected it all is, its absolutely brilliant - I don't know how Angela kept all these storylines up A beautiful and emotional dual timeline novel. In the modern-day, Alba returns to her family in Italy to recover from heart-break and forms a close relationship with a lovely old fella Massimo. Gradually she learns of Massimo and Lucia's war-time experiences and this helps him - and her - recover. There are a lot of different strands here, but when they all come together and you realise how inter-connected it all is, its absolutely brilliant - I don't know how Angela kept all these storylines up in the air but she did it fantastically. The characters are realistic and sympathetic - and many of them had to endure the most terrible things. The relationship between Alba and Massimo was especially wonderful - the very definition of heart-warming - and I loved that the story didn't take the easy way out or provide simplistic resolutions but showed that war is terrible and it brutalizes those who go through it. This is a multi-layered story, full of characters to love, dilemmas to empathize with, compassion, atmosphere and gorgeous foods - the descriptions of Italian scenery and cooking here are second to none.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kati Berman

    I love historical fiction books, that’s why I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book plays out in two time frames 1940-1946 in Italy and England during WWII and the present time. Massimo is the common bond during the two time frames. He is an old man of 90 now, who through flashbacks tells his story to Alba of the war years. Alba recently moved back to Tuscany from England where her boyfriend died in an accident Alba feels responsible for. Massimo’s tale in I love historical fiction books, that’s why I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The book plays out in two time frames 1940-1946 in Italy and England during WWII and the present time. Massimo is the common bond during the two time frames. He is an old man of 90 now, who through flashbacks tells his story to Alba of the war years. Alba recently moved back to Tuscany from England where her boyfriend died in an accident Alba feels responsible for. Massimo’s tale includes his time in England as a prisoner of war, and his return to his home country in Italy. While he settles back to life, he encounters Lucia, whom he knew from his childhood. Lucia is the Tuscan girl who has a tragic story to tell. This book is a story of war, love, losses and memories that form us. It’s very well written, beautiful descriptions of the Tuscany countryside, it’s people, foods, customs. Overall a 4 star book for me. Thanks NetGalley, the publisher and the author for the advanced copy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    J_Mc 251

    Historical fiction is often told from a singular point of view, but that is not the case here. The author approaches the WWII sections from the perspectives of multiple people, which covers more ground, as the characters have different experiences. This, in turn, allows the reader to gain a deeper insight to the lasting effects of war. I also thought the contemporary storyline dovetailed nicely with the historical sections, as it was easy to draw character comparisons. The Tuscan landscape comes Historical fiction is often told from a singular point of view, but that is not the case here. The author approaches the WWII sections from the perspectives of multiple people, which covers more ground, as the characters have different experiences. This, in turn, allows the reader to gain a deeper insight to the lasting effects of war. I also thought the contemporary storyline dovetailed nicely with the historical sections, as it was easy to draw character comparisons. The Tuscan landscape comes alive through vivid descriptions. Actually, there is great detail in every location. I recommend this book for the differing personal stories and the overall arc. For a full review, please visit my blog at Fireflies and Free Kicks. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for a digital pre-release ARC of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    The Tuscan Girl: Completely gripping World War II Historical Fiction is by Angela Petch. This book is absolutely stunning. Once you get started, it compels you to finish it before you can put it down. The questions it raises are raised at different times so you go off on another search just as you think you figure it out. The characters are so very realistic, it seems they could be in your room looking over your shoulder as you read so you don’t miss something. There are so many stories about Wo The Tuscan Girl: Completely gripping World War II Historical Fiction is by Angela Petch. This book is absolutely stunning. Once you get started, it compels you to finish it before you can put it down. The questions it raises are raised at different times so you go off on another search just as you think you figure it out. The characters are so very realistic, it seems they could be in your room looking over your shoulder as you read so you don’t miss something. There are so many stories about World War II that we don’t know and won’t ever know either because those involved have died or they aren’t talking. Every person’s view of the war was personal and definitely from different directions. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to read about the Italian war. The other Tuscan stories by Angela Petch are just as good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    A historical story mixed with present day life. This was masterfully written to quench a range of genres from romance to suspense and of course, all the history. Angela Petch captures your attention right from the beginning and it was hard to put the book down at any time! I have grown to become a huge Historical Fiction reader and this story was INCREDIBLE. Being Italian and having visited many places in Tuscany, Angela really transports you to each place and you forget where you are in real li A historical story mixed with present day life. This was masterfully written to quench a range of genres from romance to suspense and of course, all the history. Angela Petch captures your attention right from the beginning and it was hard to put the book down at any time! I have grown to become a huge Historical Fiction reader and this story was INCREDIBLE. Being Italian and having visited many places in Tuscany, Angela really transports you to each place and you forget where you are in real life until you put the book down - IF you can put the book down!! A must read and one I will highly recommend! Thank you NetGalley for the complimentary eARC of this book. I am honored to have read it in exchange for an honest review.

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