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The Tuscan House: Absolutely beautiful and gripping WW2 historical fiction Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B08XY49QXY
- Publisher : Bookouture (April 7, 2021)
- Publication date : April 7, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 2306 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1800193904
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,948 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I am Italian and love all things Italian, including and especially books about Italy in WWII. This book was about Richard, an Englishman who was a pacifist working in the Friends (Quaker) Ambulance Unit (FAU) where he cared for injured on either side. It is about Fosca, a young woman whose husband was a resistance fighter who was killed by the Nazis. It is about Fosca's young son, Giampiero, who was cared for by the nuns while Fosca herself assisted the resistance. It is about the nuns who raised Fosca and cared for Giampiero. It is about the death of Simonetta, Fosca's best friend, who was a resistance fighter. The action goes back and forth between 1944 and 1947 in Tuscany where Richard returns to heal his war torn soul.
The book is painfully honest about the privations of the Italian people during the war and immediately afterward. The hunger and desperation are clearly discussed and, as the story progresses into the years after the war, the beauty of the country and the delicious food and wine made me wish that I could return to Italy. Another thing I loved about the book was the humanness of the characters. Richard and Fosca were both flawed, made mistakes, had regrets and moved ahead with their lives into a time of peace in the beauty of Tuscany.
This is a wonderful book that I strongly recommend. I also recommend any book written by Angela Petch.
When you combine artistically crafted prose and a keen sensitivity to human emotions and life circumstances, you end up with this 5-star novel. My compliments!
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Fosca’s resilience and resourcefulness impressed me. She recounts the bravery of women resistance fighters (partigiani) who took unthinkable risks, but never boasts about her own wonderful courage. Petch creates wonderfully real characters who involve you in their emotional journeys and you witness them change. Fosca shares the wisdom she had learned throughout.
Tuscan House is also crammed with action sequences and a wonderful secret. This complex world is presented effortlessly and explores love, motherhood, friendship and courage.
Another gripping masterpiece from this writer. This novel is so much more than another story of a Tuscan house and I highly recommend it. I can't wait to read the next book.
First we meet Richard; being a Quaker means he is a pacifist but working in a field hospital brings him to war torn Italy, where he yearns to return. Discovers a derelict tobacco house and feels an eerie calling to renovate it. But as the renovation begins, he uncovers a body. This is a mystery.
Next we meet Fosca, a woman the locals do not warm to at first, but as her story unfolds, we learn of the resistance fighters she joined up with, led by a brave young woman named Simonetta.
Overall, the plot is gripping. I loved the character backstories, which depict all the sadness and tragedy of war, yet the camaraderie amongst survivors.
The story of Italy through WW2, the invaders the Germans,the partisans fighting for a free country and the Italian people all make a wonderful story of a country I know well
Ms Petch has done some remarkable research to make this a stand out tale.
Will look forward to her next book Thank you