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A story of the power of memory, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel explores the mysteries of the mind, the truth behind lore, and the miracle of inspiration.

After thirteen months at war, Vittorio Gandy is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. Once a gifted painter, now he can’t bear the vivid, bleeding colors on a canvas. His young son doesn’t remember him
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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DJ Sakata
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He’d been staring at her in awe but was afraid to say it—in awe because of her pretty face he wanted to touch but somehow couldn’t or shouldn’t, in awe because of those blue eyes that still looked as bright as liquid paint, in awe because of who she still was, that comforting soul, even as a child, who had always seemed to be a bandage for things in need of bandaging.

Time can be a tenuous dancing partner, Mr. Gandy. And memory the devil. Sometimes the wounds we can’t see leave th
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The Lit Bitch
This was a book that I wasn’t really thinking about, until the time for me to start reading it was upon me.

For me, there was nothing that really stood out about it—not the cover, or the title, or even the description. I was beginning to wonder why I agreed to review it, but with a sigh, I had committed to reading it and thus I did.

As soon as I started reading it, I began to let me misconceptions and preconceived notions fall away, as this book indeed had a lot to recommend itself and I think tha
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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.
Niki
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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Pamela
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, dnf
This is my third try with this author, and I'm just not a fan of mixed-fusion-mishmash-fiction of many opposing worldviews. Makes my brain feel a bit rattled . . . And disheartened.

Many readers are admiring fans. Please don't let my inability to mishmash paranormal, fantasy, magical-realism, and Christianity deter you.
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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Susan Snodgrass
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read all James Markert's stories and I love some and not so much others. But he is always interesting. Quirky and sometimes odd story telling, he does, even a bit strange at times, but he is always entertaining. I think his first is still my favorite.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Penny (Literary Hoarders)
A wonderful piece of storytelling. There were many moments where I was reminded of Songs for the Cold of Heart and that's a great thing. There is a lot of Greek mythology inside. I'm not 100% on my Greek mythology but it's okay, because this is a great story. Really enjoyed my time with it. ...more
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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Bridget
I was very intrigued by the premise of MIDNIGHT AT THE TUSCANY HOTEL and I thought the author, James Markert's characterisation was quality. The book was extremely well written, however, I couldn't get away with all of the Greek mythology and it wasn't really what I had been expecting. I could see that this book would have great appeal for many people, but, sadly, it wasn't for me.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Thomas Nelson Fiction via NetGalley.
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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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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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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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Rebecca
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and I'm grateful to NetGalley for the chance to read and review it. This is the third book I have read this year that is set in the time of post-World War II, and it is the second book that also heavily references mythology. I was drawn to VItto Gandy and felt for him and his family, trying to deal with his PTSD as well as his father's Alzheimer's, especially considering how new of a disease Alzheimer's was at the time. The descriptions of the Tuscany hotel were lush and bea ...more
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.
Stephanie Watkins
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love, Love, Love! James Markert is a master of imagery. You feel as though you are walking through the scenes with the characters. This book describes a bright, beautiful, vibrant hotel that has some what appears to be magical/miracle water flowing from the fountain. Tenets move into the hotel with cognitive impairments but quickly regain control of their minds. Definitely worth a read.
H. R. Gordon
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In short: I cannot wait to get my hands on another James Markert book. A beautiful blend of history, mythology and a timeless story makes this an unforgettable (pun intended, if you’ve read it) book. Also THAT COVER?!
William
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this book to read! It's a good read by an author who writes with great imagery! A real heart-warming story too! You'll like it!
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 t
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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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Cricket Muse
Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel starts out as a WWII story of a soldier returning home with battle fatigue, presenting an insightful look into the early treatment of PTSD. It then switches into a somewhat fantastical tale of people flocking to the Tuscany Hotel to restore their memory. Mixed in with this story is several retellings of Greek mythology. Toss in some hanging threads of a mystery and the result is an intriguing story of redemption that borders on quasi mysticism.
And this is the main c
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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
Jill
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
This novel is about a hotel in California that has a fountain at its center, the water from which restores the memories of those who drink from it. The water has some deleterious side effects however, so the restoration of clarity for those with dementia comes with a cost. Robert Gandy, a sculptor by trade, built the hotel for his wife Magdalena, who was born in Tuscany in 1866 but had to escape (for reasons we find out later) when she was seventeen. Along with Juba, another friend from Tuscany, ...more
Sara Wise
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** “There’s two sides to every coin, Vittorio. Memory can be a double-edged sword. There’s always a pull and a tug, and eventually someone has to win.” **

“Tell me a story!” many of the characters exclaim. And what a story James Markert tells in “Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel.”

Told in a similar manner to a time-jump novel, “Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel” tells the story of the Gandy family, starting in 1866 and jumping to 1929, the 1930s, 1945-46, and 2019.

The story revolves around Vittorio Gand
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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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Patty
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Vitto Gandy comes home from the war (WWII) to a family that has been changed; his son does not know him, his father is suffering from dementia and his wife is far stronger than she ever was from having to deal with everything in his absence. He too has been been inexorably altered by his experiences – no man goes to war and comes back the same. The horrors he witnessed between the Nazi death camps and the battles are haunting his dreams. One night in the middle of a war nightmare he does somethi ...more
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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

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