The Tuscan Child, written by Rhys Bowen, and beautifully narrated by Jonathan Keeble and Katy Sobey, will transport you to Tuscany and the secrets of a village still scarred by WWII. Rhys Bowen has a gift for moving between time periods, the 1940s and 1970s, without ever jarring the reader. Here’s the description from Amazon:
“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…
““Pass the bread, the olives, and the wine. Oh, and a copy of The Tuscan Child to savor with them.” —NPR
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.
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.
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…”
Joanna is an immensely likeable character who is recovering from a car crash and romantic disillusionment when her aristocratic father dies and she goes to Italy to discover the story of her father’s WWII plane crash and his own romantic disillusionment.
Beneath the lyrical descriptions of an Italian landscape, deeper mysteries make this story so beguiling that it won’t be easily forgotten.
Disclosure: I received a copy of The Tuscan Child from Audible in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.