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Tuscan Rose

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,851 Ratings  ·  234 Reviews
A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, TUSCAN ROSE, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of ...more
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Published 2010 by HarperCollins Publishing
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Το Ρόδο της Τοσκάνης ξεκινάει υπέροχα και για 100 σελίδες ήμουν σίγουρη ότι θα γίνει ένα από τα πιο αγαπημένα μου βιβλία. Στην πορεία εντελώς ξαφνικά η πλοκή αλλάζει και η ιστορία γίνεται μελοδραματική. Το θέμα είναι ότι μισώ εντελώς και απόλυτα τα μελοδράματα. Όταν η ιστορία ξεφεύγει και πάλι από τα μελό, απλώς γίνεται βαρετή… Για πολλές σελίδες… Και το άτιμο βιβλίο έχει πολλές σελίδες. Ο λόγος που δεν το παράτησα είναι ότι κατά την διάρκεια της βαρεμάρας και της ξανθοπουλίασης -που ξαναερχόταν ...more
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Ήταν καλό... αλλά δεν ήταν συγκλονιστικό...

Καταρχάς είχε πάρα πολλές λεπτομέρειες που στην αρχή το θεώρησα θετικό διότι με βοήθησε να φτιάξω τις εικόνες πιο καθαρά. Μετά όμως έγινε κουραστικό. Ένα ακόμα που με προβλημάτισε ήταν ότι τα πραγματικά γεγονότα που εξιστορούσε ή τουλάχιστον προσπάθησε να εξιστορήσει ήταν "στεγνά". Τι εννοώ με τον όρο "στεγνά", ένιωθα ότι ναι μεν τα έβαλε για να μας κάνει να καταλάβουμε την φρίκη του πολέμου αλλά το έκανε με τέτοιο τρόπο που δεν ένιωθα ότι ήταν μέρος τη
Σπυροπούλου Άσπα
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Τα ρομαντικά, ιστορικά μυθιστορήματα, φαίνεται να βρίσκονται στα πάνω τους τα τελευταία χρόνια. Το ελληνικό αναγνωστικό κοινό λατρεύει να διαβάζει ιστορίες που το ταξιδεύει σε άλλους τόπους και άλλες εποχές, πόσο μάλλον όταν αυτό συνδυάζεται με μυριάδες δεινά για τους κεντρικούς ήρωες, και δυνατά συναισθήματα αγάπης και γιατί όχι, εκδίκησης. "Το ρόδο της Τοσκάνης" της Belinda Alexandra, που κυκλοφόρησε στη χώρα μας από τις εκδόσεις Διόπτρα, είναι ένα τέτοιο βιβλίο και παρά τις όποιες αδυναμίες τ ...more
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I had a really difficult time with Belinda Alexandra's Tuscan Rose. I respect that a lot of other readers feel differently, but if I am entirely honest with myself I have to admit that I seriously considered throwing my kindle at the wall while reading this book. Be warned, there are possible spoilers ahead.

To begin, Alexandra spends both parts one and two laying the groundwork for her story which means things don't start m
Kate Forsyth
This novel had a subtitle ‘Passion, longing, secrets, and a dangerous time’ and is set in wartime Italy so it sounded just like my kind of book. Yet, despite its readability, I have to admit I was disappointed. I’m not sure exactly why. I should’ve loved sensitive Rosa, and I really adore romantic books set in wartime Italy ... yet ... I think it was too long, or the writing was simply too pedestrian, or because I never got to really like either of the two men Rosa falls in love with ... too muc ...more
Rana Hajjar
I WON'T spoil it for you!
Just as expected, the novel is a wonderful creation of the devastating time the Italians spent during the time Mussolini ruled. I got very attached to all the characters, good and evil. The flow is smooth and rich and filled with all emotions, suspense, mystery, love, heartbreak, loss, darkness, as well as hope and new beginnings.
I will definitely search and learn more about Mussolini and his ruling as well as the tragic events based on reality mentioned in the novel. Wh
Nicole Campbell
Mar 03, 2010 Nicole Campbell rated it it was amazing
Belinda Alexandra has a way of transporting you back in time to the period her stories are set in. Tuscan Rose was very well researched and kept my attention the whole way through. I couldn't put the book down and was itching to finish it. Now I will need to wait another two years until her next book is published. I would highly recommend this book as well as her other three novels to anyone who hasn't read her.
May 31, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing
After reading a few pages I knew this book was going to be good but when I got to the part where Rosa saw salami slices turning into sows, vomited up live live anchovies, squids and chickens I started to worry. Thankfully, Rosa's "gifts" were played down in the rest of the novel and it continued to be an exciting, page turning book.
Jan 07, 2014 Lindsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Why is this book written on a third-grade reading level? Seriously, it's as if the author assumes that I can handle the image of a guy's eyeball hanging down on his cheek, but I can't handle sentences longer than ten words. She kept adding in questions like "Would the war ever be over?" and "How could things ever be the same?" as if she had to hold my hand through the basics of conflict and theme. I read mostly young adult fiction and this is by far the most talked-down-to that I have felt in a ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Georgia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Η Ρόζα είναι ένα ορφανό που μεγαλώνει στον μοναστήρι του Σάντο Σπίριτο στη Φλωρεντία, μέχρι τη στιγμή που αναλαμβάνει γκουβερνάντα ενός κοριτσιού στη βίλα Σκαρφιότι. Η ατμόσφαιρα στη βίλα είναι πολύ διαφορετική και περίεργη και η Ρόζα το αντιλαμβάνεται από την πρώτη στιγμή που πατάει το πόδι της εκεί. Λόγω ενός περιστατικού, η Ρόζα αναγκάζεται να απομακρυνθεί από τη βίλα με τον χειρότερο τρόπο. Η ζωή της δεν θα είναι ποτέ πια η ίδια και η πολιτική κατάσταση της χώρας βοηθάει πολύ σε αυτό. Όταν έ ...more
Jan 09, 2014 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of historical fiction
I honestly expected to get something differently from Tuscan Rose. From the book’s blurb I was expecting the paranormal element that was mentioned to take a more significant part into the book’s story. Even though that wasn’t the case, the story that I did get was compelling on its own and made the book very moving and powerful. I enjoy books with a strong and passionate leading lady and Tuscan Rose delivered on that aspect with Rosa.

As a lover of historical fiction, I’m always looking for books
It was as if she was flipping over the pages of the past.(view spoiler) ...more
'I shall gain mastery over my heart'

Signorina Rosa Bellocchi was taken to the convent Santo Spirito as an infant, with a key as the only clue to her identity.

We meet Rosa as a young 15 year old that is about to be sent to the Scarfiotti Villa to be the governess of the Marsche and Marschea's young daughter Clementina. While the Marsche appears to be kind-hearted his wife is a frightning women with a black mysterious shadow that surrounds her.

Okay the GOOD and the BAD..

The BAD..
*Knowing how old R
Shemoo Kawaii
Apr 11, 2016 Shemoo Kawaii rated it it was amazing

I normally don't read novels that are war based but that one was different.
The storyline opens with an unknown baby being dropped at a convent. The story unfolds as she matures into a young adolescent and leaves the convent to work as a governess for a wealthy family. She experiences horror, fear, loss and love over the next few years to finally triumph over her enemy. The plot twists and turns and keeps the reader on edge. It is the type of book you can't put down, you really can't wait to get
Yioula Ts.
Sep 15, 2015 Yioula Ts. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Μου έκλεισε το μάτι από την πρώτη στιγμή που το είδα σε βιτρίνα βιβλιοπωλείου.Ήταν και πραγματικά πολυσέλιδο,κάτι που το επιδιώκω γενικώς.Από τότε μέχρι σήμερα κύλησε πολύ νερό στ'αυλάκι και να που είμαι σε θέση να το σχολιάσω επιτέλους!Μόνο που είμαι λίγο μουδιασμένη.Γιατί μέχρι τις πρώτες 200-250(?) σελίδες ήταν αυτό που περίμενα.Ατμοσφαιρικό παραμύθι με Χιονάτη και όλα τα συναφή...Και μετά ήρθε ο πόλεμος και η μαγεία έδωσε τη θέση της στη σκληρή πραγματικότητα του θανάτου και της ωμής βίας... ...more
Lena Papanikolaou
Ξεκινάει πολύ όμορφα και υπόσχεται πολλά αλλά κάπου το χάνει και το χάνει άσχημα .Σίγουρα πολύ καλύτερο από το άλλο της βιβλίο που έχει κυκλοφορήσει στη χώρα μας.Πολλές ανούσιες σελίδες που αν έλειπαν θα άλλαζε όλη η άποψή μου για το βιβλίο.Πως λέμε παρά τον απίστευτο όγκο του δεν κουράζει καθόλου? Ε ακριβώς το αντίθετο!!.Από την αρχή της κυκλοφορίας του οι γνώμες τελείως διαφορετικές ..Το ξεκίνησα με επιφύλαξη μετά την λευκή γαρδένια η οποία δεν μου άφησε τις καλύτερες εντυπώσεις χωρίς λοιπόν ν ...more
Dec 28, 2011 Belinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This would have been better had the two storylines been separated into two separate books. The mystery of Rosa's birth and parentage seems to be overshadowed by her life story throughout an era of fascism and war. By separating the stories, Belinda could have developed the mystery of who Rosa was in much more detail. It's exciting and clever when authors are able to take more than one storyline and entwine them into one seamless story, however, this was not the case here.

It was an interesting s
May 18, 2015 Giouli rated it it was amazing
Τέλειο !!
Jun 08, 2016 Xanthi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Τελικά οι πολλές σελίδες είναι σχεδόν πάντα κουραστικες. Ενώ ξεκίνησε πολύ καλά, η ιστορία άλλαξε εντελώς και στο τέλος πλατιασε τόσο που χάθηκε η όποια αρχική καλή εντύπωση!
Mar 11, 2017 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Me ha gustado mucho leer esta novela. Ambientada en una época histórica muy conflictiva como lo fué el tiempo gobernado por Mussolini en Italia, en preciosos escenarios de Florencia y sus alrededores. Es una bonita historia de amor y coraje, los personajes me encantaron, una lectura emocionante, que contiene suspenso, misterio, amor, angustia con momentos muy tiernos y otros escalofriantes. Quizás me sobró un poco de realismo mágico (algunas de las visiones de la protagonista), pero la lectura v ...more
Anastasia Perrou
Mar 09, 2016 Anastasia Perrou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Οι πρώτες μου σκέψεις, πριν το διαβάσω, με βάση το εξώφυλλο και το τίτλο θεωρούσα πως ήταν ένα βιβλίο με κεντρικό άξονα την Τοσκάνη (από τον τίτλο) και την αγάπη μιας κοπέλας, επειδή είχε το ρόδο με την κοπέλα.

Δεν έπεσα και πολύ έξω, τελικά η ιστορία εξελίσσετε στην Τοσκάνη (Φλωρεντία) με τους ήρωες/χαραχτήρες να σε "κερδίζουν" από τις πρώτες σελίδες και μέχρι το τέλος του βιβλίου συναντάμε λύπη, μυστήριο, μίσος, πείνα, έρωτα αλλά και ιστορία.

Αν σας πει κάποιος ότι είναι ένα απλό ερωτικό μυθιστό
Christy B
I have been wanting to read this book for probably two years, and I'm so excited that it's finally being released in the states.

I love historical fiction books set in Italy during WWII, and in my opinion there are not enough. I feel that most people don't understand about Italy's involvement during the war or the horrors the people of Italy went through during the Nazi occupation.

Tuscan Rose didn't mince anything. It showed the true story of Italy during the time of Mussolini and WWII through t
Sep 02, 2015 Giouli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Όταν ένα βιβλίο σε καθηλώνει από την αρχή μέχρι το τέλος για μένα είναι επιτυχία. Η υπόθεση του λογοτεχνικού αυτού έργου, παρουσιάζει εξαρχής πάρα πολύ ενδιαφέρον με πολύ ωραία ανάλυση της ψυχολογίας των "θυτών" και των "θυμάτων"!!! Βοηθά στην αυτογνωσία !! ένας ύμνος για τους ανθρώπους που ζουν γι αυτούς που αγαπούν και έχουν δύναμη να συγχωρούν... πραγματικά ένας ύμνος για τη γυναίκα . Για όλες αυτές τις γυναίκες που ρίχνουν την ψυχή και το σώμα τους σε έναν ατέρμονο αγώνα να κάνουν κατορθωτό ...more
Feb 09, 2015 Tonia rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. Historically I learned so much about the Italian people during WWII it was fascinating. There is a good message of peace and not standing by and doing nothing before it is to late. I was a little unsettled by Rosa's ability to not think of her kids however I think you might have to do that during such extreme life and death situations. As always I am abhorred by the things that went on during WWII. I liked the story in the authors notes at the end about the true fido in ...more
Lisa B.
Dec 16, 2013 Lisa B. rated it it was amazing
Rosa was a young teenager when she left the sheltered life of the convent to become a governess for a wealthy Italian family. Strange and mystical things happen while she is with them. In trying to help another staff member, Rosa is accused of being an enemy of the state. I don’t want to say any more, but it is at this point that Rosa’s life takes a dramatic turn that impacts her forever.

This story started off strong for me, but then went into a bit of a lull to the point where I wasn’t sure I w
Odette Cruz
Dec 29, 2015 Odette Cruz rated it it was amazing
Es un libro exquisito, que vale la pena de principio a fin. Debo decir que no creí que esta autora me sorprenderìa como en Bajo los cielos de zafiro, pero me he equivocado ya que Melodía en la toscana, narra una historia que en todo momento te tiene sacando conclusiones y hasta en el último momento te sorprende. Ha de haber sido muy díficil vivir la dictadura de Mussolini, pero sin duda es un libro genial.
Sep 25, 2012 Penny rated it really liked it
Really compulsive reading - especially at the moment when Florence is being swept by a tide of 30s fashion and discussion about that period due to the latest exhibition at the Strozzi Palace about Italian Art in the 30s. There are some rather obvious lead-ins where it is quite easy to guess what is going to happen, but you want to confirm your suspicions, which always makes a book difficult to put down!
Faye Barron
Jan 22, 2014 Faye Barron rated it really liked it
Belinda Alexander takes a fascinating, challenging time and place in history, mixes in compelling characters, adds a little supernatural for good measure, and then produces an unforgettable, empathetic experience for her readers.
Tuscan Rose is set in Italy during the tumultuous times of Mussolini. The story of Rosa's life (until about middle age) is an intriguing tale - one that captures your imagination - and your heart!
Jul 18, 2010 Emily rated it it was amazing
WOW, when i started out this book im not sure what i was expecting, then i encounted the whole witches part and was like, oh here we go *rolls eyes*

I was proved massively wrong, this book was amazing, it managed to teach as well as evoke feelings, insipre, and yes ima say it made me cry!
the characters were so real to me. I really enjoyed this one, Thanks Sarahs mum :P
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Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia and internationally. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer carer for the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
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