The Tuscan Child

CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: BN13231
Released: Feb 20, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781978615601
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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.

Author(s): Rhys Bowen

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"After her father, Hugo's, death, Joanna finds a returned letter addressed to an Italian woman among his things. Listeners follow her journey to Tuscany, narrated by Katy Sobey. There she hopes to discover what happened to him during WWII. In a parallel story, narrated by Jonathan Keeble, listeners hear Hugo's experiences: After being shot down over Tuscany, he is saved by a young woman named Sophia whom he falls in love with. Although listeners know that Hugo survives, Sophia's fate remains a mystery until the end. Both Sobey and Keeble provide a clear contrast between the expressive Italian characters and the reserved Brits. An engaging blend of mystery and history filled with descriptions of the lush Tuscan countryside and food, THE TUSCAN CHILD is listening to savor. E.C. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"

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