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Tuscan Rose

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,282 ratings  ·  173 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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Erin
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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
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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
Nicole Campbell
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.
Maria
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.
Rand
It was as if she was flipping over the pages of the past.(view spoiler) ...more
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
Lindsey
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
Indie
'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
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Belinda
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
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Tonia
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
Leslie
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
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Lisa
In a word, the story was odd. There appears to be so many bizarre things going on in the under-story that I wasn’t really sure where Alexandra was going. Strange visions, stereotypical mysterious settings, a creepy grave yard, wild rumors about the characters and secrets behind every door and down every hallway just made this book trite in the extreme. I honestly felt like I was reading a “B” rated book that was predictable at best and frustrating at worst. Seriously, I felt like this was a walk ...more
Lisa B.
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
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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
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Faye Barron
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!
Jimena
Hmmm where to start... Love the author, have read most of her other books, I have done the audiobooks, so want to disclose that, just in case, some readers of this review must know. This one left me a little "not fulfilled." I thought it was a bit out there with the main character ability to see animals and people by concentrating on objects, a bit supernatural for my taste. The story is well written, it shows a lot of research went into the time of events and World War II true horrors, yet it w ...more
Melinda
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 writes an epic historical fiction novel part romance, with a fantasy element. Tuscan Rose has a strong, independent female protagonist with her share of tough breaks but still finds the inner strength to move forward witho
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Lucy
I enjoyed this; it was obviously well-researched.
Made me cry a couple of tears, it was a long story as well (which I always like).
Duygu
Nemesis Kitap’tan çıkmış olan “Belinda Alexandra’nın Güller İçinde Yalnız” adlı kitabını okuyup bitirdim.
Kitabı , on beş – yirmi günlük bir süreçte okudum.Böyle uzun bir sürece yayma sebebim ; kitabın tarihi bir kurgu üzerine oturtulmuş olması. Ve ben tarihi veya tarihi kurgu kitaplarını okurken kitapta bilmediğim konular varsa internetten de araştırarak ve okuyarak daha fazla bilgi edinmeye çalışırım.

Yoksa kitabın çevirisi gayet iyi.Akıcı bir şekilde okunuyor, yazım hataları nadir de olsa var.
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Lauren
Wow. I'm completely exhausted after finally finishing this book. I feel as though I've just run a marathon. My jaw dropped at least 10 times while reading this novel.
Definitely worthwhile, if for no other reason than the look into Italy during WWII. The characters were somewhat flat and simple and I felt like the author's language was not nearly complex enough to match such a complex theme. Things like "Rosa had a bad feeling about this man" or continually saying things like "Will the war ever
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Penny
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!
Emily
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
Robyn
I have some mixed feelings about this one. My grandmother recommended it to me in a sort of weird way where she insisted that she knew it looked like chick lit (which I didn't doubt with its cover and with an author with a name like "Belinda Alexandra") but assured me that it was and wasn't at the same time, so intrigued I decided to give it a go.

As a page turner, Tuscan Rose wasn't bad at all. It was very readable and the action moved along at a good pace most of the time which I appreciated,
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patricia
Tuscan Rose begins with a baby left at the convent of Santo Spirito (Holy Spirit). The baby, Rosa, grows up in the convent. At fifteen she leaves to be a governess to Clementina, the daughter of a marchese. Eventually she is imprisoned falsely, raped, and become pregnant. This is now Italy under Mussolini in the 1930's. The family she meets and creates carry the story. Belinda Alexandra takes you through pre war and wartime Italy. What is Rosa's connection to the Scarfiotti family? Who was the w ...more
V.E. Lynne
Belinda Alexandra proves yet again what a good storyteller she is with "Tuscan Rose", a saga set in Mussolini's Italy. Rosa is abandoned at a nunnery as a baby with only a silver key wrapped up in her swaddling robes to identify her. After a happy childhood with the nuns, she is sent out at age sixteen to work in the home of the Marchese and Marchesa Scarfiotti as a music teacher to their daughter. The Scarfiotti house holds many secrets that threaten Rosa and she soon finds herself in a despera ...more
AJ
It took me a while to get into this book, the beginning was quite slow. However it is action packed, with a beautiful love story woven through it. I found the historical elements fascinating - I had no idea what went on in Italy during the war, and I enjoyed that aspect of the story very much. A great read.
Rosemary Wong
This is the first book I've read from Belinda Alexandra. The story centers around Rosa, her mysterious parentage and her struggles through life caused by an evil employer and the horrors of WW2. It was a lovely story with a clear humanitarian message which became clearer at the end of the book and I especially enjoyed the description of the impact of WW2 on the Italians under the rule of Mussolini. However, I have a few criticisms of the book unfortunately. Firstly I agreed with one other review ...more
Katie Q
An incredibly delightful book showing how strong the human will is even in the face of adversity. Some may find the references to the war incite emotions of anger and sadness but it does not eclipse how strong Rosa the protagonist is. Rosa is an inspiring character.
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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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