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I'm glad I read the other books in the series first
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
While I loved Tuscan Girl and Tuscan Secret, this book did not seem to have the same level of character development. Perhaps I just wasn't as interested in the backdrop of normal peasant life in Tuscany as the backdrop of WWII in the other books? But it seemed like some events that were major, like (possible spoiler alert) the detailed description of Guiseppe's molestation by the priest, didn't have an equal amount of ramifications in his life other than dropping out of Seminary. Maybe that was big enough, and maybe part of the point was that those things simply weren't talked about, but I felt like if I had to endure reading the encounter, I expected the character to reflect on it a bit more. I also found that these events jumped around more randomly than her other two in the series. I never really developed a feel for who the main character was supposed to be here. And Francesco seemed to make the best growth in the book as a more minor character. So, while I really liked the author's style of writing, I just didn't love this book like expected from reading the others. And honestly, I probably wouldn't have read the others if I had read this one first.