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For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.

Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who left their
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Niki
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars for a simply "alright" book.

This is a story about memories and coming to terms with your past, a very interesting premise and something most people can relate to. Should you face your painful memories or should you just bury them deep? Will you be able to come to terms with them even if you dig them up? Will you ever be able to fix your relationship with that one elusive person? SHOULD you do it? Do stories from the past still stand tall or are they completely dated by now? All these que
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Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com in exchange for a review.

The Tuscany Hotel, where the water is said to have healing properties, is owned and operated by Robert and Magdalena Gandy and they host guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who leave their worries behind so that they can create their latest masterpieces. Their son, Vittorio Gandy comes home from war and is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable.

There is alot of Greek mythology in this
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James Markert
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Gotta say, after the first sentence, this story really grew on me. And since I’ve read it about 10 times I felt it was time to finally rate it.
Lindsey
This week I took the opportunity to crack open my copy of Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert. It’s published by Thomas Nelson and sounded fascinating when I requested it from NetGalley. However, I only gave it a 3-star rating on Goodreads. I waffled back and forth between 3 and 4 stars, but something about the book just didn’t synch with me.

Loaded with mythology, art, beauty, damaged souls, and so many memories, it was an incredibly descriptive work. Colourful, lyrical prose flowed b
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Roger Hyttinen
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was terrific. This was such a beautiful story about artists and their muses, about memories lost, memories found again, and the truths behind myths and legends. The prose was lush, lyrical and it was indeed a pleasure to read, as it created both suspense and mystique.

It was also incredibly atmospheric, and Markert’s descriptions of the Tuscany Hotel brought it to life for me, so much so that I could picture myself there with all the guests, with its majestic fountains, its g
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Sally
I can’t deny that I’m a James Markert fan. I’ve read his three of his previous novels and loved each one. My one fear of each new release is that it won’t be as good as the one before. Because there has to be a dud somewhere, right? I mean, no one can consistently produce excellent novels, surely?

Well, I guess I’ll continue waiting for disappointment. Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is amazing, to put it mildly. Markert takes a World War II veteran with PTSD who can’t forget what he saw in Europe
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Hallie Szott
A story of family, memory, and a magical hotel, James Markert’s Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is easily as fascinating as its cover.

Vitto Gandy returns from World War II to be greeted by strained relationships and the effects of PTSD. When his father, suffering memory loss thanks to Alzheimer’s, disappears to the Tuscany Hotel one night, life changes in a miraculous way. People begin flocking to the hotel to experience the miracle themselves—but is it worth it?

With ties to mythology, the magica
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Jen
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Beautiful cover, strange book.

description: For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.

A lot of Greek mythology in this one, something I usually love. However, although crucial to the story, I found the mythology a bit over the top. The book fits the magical realism genre, mixing miracles and muses and myth. Some books are really hard to review,
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Cheryl
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Robert, Vitto, and his wife, Valerie were the main characters in this book. For me, this is the order of who I liked the most and formed the quickest connection towards...Valerie, Robert, and Vitto. Valerie is the glue that held the family together. She is the one that took care of Robert while Vitto was away.

Robert and Vitto had a strained relationship with Vitto dealing with PSTD and his father's deteriorating health. Robert would one moment remember Vitto but most times he looked at him like
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Melissa Dee
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel” is a novel filled with the light of Northern Italy. You can almost taste the wine and olives in this story. Set in a magical hotel in Southern California, the story frequently flashes back to scenes set in Tuscany. Memory and its loss form the theme of this book, which tells the story of a family dealing with Alzheimers and PTSD.

I enjoyed the setting and theme of “Midnight”. The characters were engaging, and I wanted to know what became of them. 3.5 stars, rounded
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Sid
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Honestly this book is a bit of a neither here nor there kind of a book. But that's not to say that this book wasn't well written. The writing style was quite nice and flowing. I for one love Greek mythology, or mythology of any kind but I felt there was a bit too much of it and that put me off a bit. Overall I found it to be a good book. And a big thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for giving me a chance to read this ARC in exchange of my honest review.
Desiree
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Midnight at the Tuscany hotel is the first book I've read by this author. I received the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I didn't know this author or what to expect but it turned out to be a very pleasant and interesting surprise.

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is about the Gandi Family that in the past ran the "Tuscany Hotel", a haven for artists, authors, scientists etc who came there to be creative and forget about the rest of the world for a time.

After the second World W
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Evelyn
"Newspaper called it a hotel for lost memory."


The Tuscany Hotel: home of wandering souls, seeking refuge from the cruel hands of time; home of art reborn in its richest forms; home of folklore and memory, of living life at its purest. Vitto returns from war a changed man to a home where he is no longer recognized: his son thinks him a stranger, his wife is distanced, and his father no longer recognizes him. His journey, however, does not end here. One night, circumstances bring him back to the
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Rachel Casey
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a story that deals with the question of whether quality of life is a better choice than quantity of life, and how our memories can help us come to terms with our past.

Plot:

Vitto is a returning WWII soldier suffering from PTSD. His young son doesn’t remember him, his wife, Valerie, is scared of his violent outbursts, and his father, Robert, is suffering from Alzheimer’s, becoming a
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Connywithay
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
“Rumor is, at the Tuscany Hotel, you forget all your worries, so your creativity can thrive,” Valerie is told in James Markert’s novel, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback is targeted toward those who enjoy a mystical read about memory, forgetting the past, and accepting outcomes of life. Using the slang word darn, topics of physical abuse and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes a note from the author, acknowl
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Stephanie
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vitto Gandy has returned home from World War II, his mind ravaged by the events that have taken place overseas, things he did and did not do. Vitto returns home to a child who does not remember him and a wife who has been raising a toddler and taking care of Vitto's father, Robert who has been having memory issues- what doctors now call Alzheimer's. When Robert goes missing one night, Vitto knows that there is only one place that he would go- the Tuscany Hotel that Robert and his wife Magdalena ...more
Jessica Higgins
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another interesting book by Market, yet unlike anything I’ve read of his before.

Vitto has just returned home after thirteen months spent in Europe at the close of World War II. He witnessed the evils of war that refused to stay behind when he returned home. Now back home, his five-year-old son doesn’t want anything to do with him and his father’s memory has left him with what doctors have begun to call Alzheimer’s disease. He has nightmares and is a classic case of post traumatic stress, so he c
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Rosalyn
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I was initially intrigued by the unique cover on this book. It's written by a new-to-me author, but the story line also grabbed my attention.

I'm still trying to articulate a complete review, so for now, I'll just share what jumped out at me...

It is the story of Vitto. He returns home from WWII and discovers that he cannot go back to life as it was. His memories are everywhere, haunting him.

While he was away, his father, Robert developed Alzheimers.

Vitto's poor wife, Valerie, now has to care for
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Amy
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that you read that you know when you are reading will stick with you. You can feel the characters making their mark on your heart and memory. Even from the introduction of the Tuscany Hotel, James Markert begins to weave his spell on your imagination. When the characters finally enter the hotel, the reader is given exacting detail into what I think of as the main character of this story. The setting is so thoughtfully written that you can’t help but imagine what can be ...more
Gabrielle Schuffert
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel

I received an AR copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for a review

Robert Gandy is recently returned from war and suffering from severe post traumatic stress disorder to the point of harming his family without realizing it. While Robert was away, his wife cared for his ailing father who is suffering from alsheimers and doesn’t remember his son upon his return. After Robert goes into rehabilitation, his father has a spark of sanity and returns to the hotel that they
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Madame
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I think this book is the testament to the fact that James Markert is my new favorite author, I read another book of his titled What Blooms From Dust but this story just steals the goddamn show. And now I wish to devour everything written by him. Devour and savour.

What I can say about the incredible story and the talent with which it has been told? His books are one of the most atmospheric and transformative books I have the pleasure of reading. It spoke of hope, redemption, self discovery and d
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Kim Bakos
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
This book was a little on the odd side - if you don't like Greek Mythology, it won't be for you. Much of the story centers around the myths and some of the characters believe that they actually are the embodiment of some of these mythological beings.
I loved the story itself and the characters. It was great to see the father/son bond grow between the main character and his own father as well as with his own son.
The main issue that the story grapples with at the end is which is better - a long lif
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Dorothy
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first book I read by James Markert was What Blooms from Dust, which I liked very much. As in that book, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel, is an intriguing combination of mystery and fantasy, while spotlighting family relationships, particularly the one between the lead character Vitto, a WWII veteran and painter, and his father Robert, a renowned sculptor and the builder and proprietor of the Tuscany Hotel. In its glory days the hotel hosted famous artists, actors, and so on, but after having b ...more
McKenzie Peterson
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is two parts quirky old people in a hotel, one part WWII, one part dementia, and one part Greek god magic. This novel read a little like a debut novel. Parts of it were incredibly detailed and other parts of it weren't detailed enough. It felt unfinished or not as tightly edited as I thought it should be. However, part of me does wonder if it was on purpose given the focus of memory in this novel. It would be an interesting novel to discuss with people about what is important in life. ...more
Debbie's Book Vlog
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.

This book is filled with Greek mythology and life lessons and how a son pieces together the life of his mother and father. Lives inspired by the Gods themselves.

A story of father and son, memories lost and found, artists and their muses, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel explores the mysteries of the mind,
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Angie
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely, magical novel that is well conceived. There are some flaws here and there: to prepare us for a transformation, the main character seems needlessly awful at the beginning and then transition way too quickly. It's a little syrupy sweet in places and the mythology is over-explained. But I love to sit back and enjoy a sweet novel of magical transformations and meditations on our memories and how uncooperative they are. There's discussion of destiny and art and love. The ensemble of charact ...more
Elle
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
**Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All ratings and opinions are my own. **

This was a surprising read that took me places I very much didn't expect. It explores a historical and generational story with mythological references and magical realism. There is a lot rolled up into this one. It has a solid plot and good characters...I fell in love with Magdalena very early on. This book was well done, but simply left me wanting more. I c
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Truly
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a historical fiction novel written by James Markert. A novel filled with touches of Northern Italy. You can almost smell and taste the wine and wonderful food. Set in a California hotel that has hints of magic. The characters are engaging and well-written. This is the first book I have read by this author and was pleasantly surprised. Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a captivating but heartbreaking read with a mix of Renaissance, Greek Mythology and life question ...more
Janet
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.


For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.

Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted
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Drew
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James Markert is a novelist, screenwriter, producer, and USPTA tennis pro from Louisville, Kentucky, where he lives with his wife and two children. He has a history degree from the University of Louisville. He won an IPPY Award for The Requiem Rose, which later became A White Wind Blew. He is the writer and co-producer of the new feature film and tennis comedy, 2nd Serve, starring Josh Hopkins fro ...more