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Najaar in Toscane

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  76 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Een groepje vrienden dat al jaren samen op vakantie gaat komt eind september samen in een afgelegen boerderij in de heuvels van Toscane, aan de rand van een prachtig bos. Hier hopen ze een beetje bij te komen van de tragische gebeurtenissen van het afgelopen jaar. Vorige zomer waren ze nog met zijn zessen, nu zijn ze in Italië zonder de sprankelende Evie, die altijd het mi ...more
Paperback, 380 pages
Published 2004 by Uitgeverij Arena
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Apr 21, 2013 Adri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would actually give this 3.5 stars. The writing is accomplished, the characters are very real and the scene setting very interesting. The descriptive passages are beautifully written. At no point in the story did I ever feel that the story was fantastical. It all seemed like a slice of life.

Although not my usual fare I quite enjoyed the book which I had only picked up from the library because the available choices were severely curtailed because of renovations.

Surprisingly my husband picked i
Jan 13, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could have done with tighter editing -less description and more characterisation..
Nov 21, 2015 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, library, 2015
Having just read The Crooked House by the same author I was very surprised by the difference in style of the two books. This one is a very light holiday read with not much to engage the brain. There is too much description which simply doesn't need to be there, adding nothing to the plot, and not enough characterisation with the result that I never felt I really got to know the characters. And the fact that the ending was flagged up quite early on means this isn't a book that I'd want to re-read ...more
holiday read. late summer in S Tuscany, group of friends, uncovering secrets and rebuilding relationships - also the locals coming to terms with 21st century and burying their pasts. nicely touched with details esp food.
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Aug 16, 2015 Jen Wong rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I only got half way through. Not gripping.
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Jul 07, 2011 Nicole Otting rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book takes place in Italy. The setting is mostly an isolated Tuscan farmhouse on the edge of the woods in September. A group of old friends get together there with their families in hopes to put the tragic events of the past year behind them. As an Italian myself, this book immediately demanded my interest. I purchased this book in England at a bookstore while I was on a trip after my high school graduation. I finished the book on our plane ride back home to the U.S. This book is about frie ...more
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Aug 20, 2014 Italo Italophiles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a well-executed drama with a bit of mystery and a bit of romance. We enter the principle characters' minds, and follow their leisurely course through this story. There is a death, but it occurs before we join the story. There is a resolution, too. But this is not really a murder mystery.

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Jul 08, 2011 Siri rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at our villa in Italy and read it solely b/c it was about some english people having an italian villa vacation. It was actually an ideal easy summer, by-the-pool read and i thoroughly enjoyed reading about places i was visiting personally. A fun experience. The light story did engage me enough that i wanted to see how it turned out. I passed the book along to an Italian woman in the airport.
Dec 20, 2009 Ria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanna Trollope meets Donna Leone and Magdalen Nabb in this romantic murder-mystery set in Florence and the surrounding countryside. Having just visited Tuscany in the Fall I was delighted to discover Christobel Kent and thoroughly enjoyed not just Late Season but every book she has written.
Found this book a bit slow to get into and the descriptive passages, although setting the lush italian environment a bit too much and over wordy. However, the story was interesting, although I'd sussed fairly early on pretty much who had done what...but overall an okay read.
Apr 06, 2011 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this one is set in spain,about a relationship between a woman and a much younger man
Mar 18, 2016 Edith marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"Najaar in Toscane", leestip van Veronika
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Christobel Kent was born in London in 1962 and now lives in Cambridge with her husband and four children; in between she lived in Florence. She worked in publishing for several years, most recently as Publicity Director at Andre Deutsch. Her debut novel A Party in San Niccolo, was published in 2003.

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