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The Tuscan Girl: Completely gripping WW2 historical fiction

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She ran away through the pine trees when the soldiers came. Staggering into the hiding place, she felt a fluttering in her belly, like a butterfly grazing its wings, and knew instantly she had something to fight for.

Present day: When her fiancé is tragically killed in an accident, twenty-six-year-old Alba is convinced she’s to blame. Heavy with grief and guilt, she flees
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Kindle Edition, 346 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Bookouture
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Shalini
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't read many historical fiction, but when an author is recommended, then I do. This was one of them.

Alva in the present time had lost her fiancé to an accident. Heartbroken and listless, she went back home to Tuscany to her parents to get her life sorted. There she met a 90-year-old Massisimo, and his story and secrets brought Alba back to the world of living.

My first book by author Angela Perch, the prose was mesmerizing, the beauty of the story just reflected off the words like
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Lee Husemann
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very powerful and heartbreaking story about love and loss going between England 1943, Tuscany 1945 and present day Tuscany. Alba Starnucci is living in London with her boyfriend James when he is killed in an accident. Alba blames herself and returns to her father and step-mother's home in Tuscany to recover. When Alba meets 90 year old Massimo things get very interesting as hidden secrets are revealed. This is a very well researched and well written story about Tuscany during World War II. I ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Alba is devastated and plagued with guilt when her fiancé is killed in an accident. She thinks she will be able to regroup by heading to her childhood home in a very small village in the Tuscan valley. When she discovers a box filled with silverware, near the ruins of a house abandoned after the second World War, she finds direction. She wants to find the owners of the silverware.

One of the people she meets is an elderly man named Massimo. When Alba is speaking with him, the pain and sadness is
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Jennifer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it!!! Beautiful description of the landscape. It wasn't until the end that I realized that Anna and Francesco were the same people from "The Tuscan Secret" (which I loved!!!!) My favorite part of the book was reading about Massimo and Lucia. I didn't realized how many Italians were kept as POWs in England during the war. I found it very interesting reading about Massimo and Salvo's time with the Spinks. I hated how Lucia's neighbor's treated her. The scene with her in the town square and ...more
Ixxati
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm into historical fiction these days. I like reading bout the hardship, trying to survive wars, the pain losing people they love and etc I don't know why but I love it! It feels like I understand them lol

Omg! I loved this book! It was written in past and present days. The main characters are Lucia and Alba. But sometimes I got confused because there are Florian, Massimo and Alfiero point of views too

Thank you Netgalley, publisher and author for this amazing story of The Tuscan Girl!
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Karyn
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Tuscan Girl
I love historical fiction and especially stories about WWII and the lives of those living in the desperate times of Nazi invasion and the heroic partisan fighters. This book did not disappoint. It is well written and well researched. The lives of Italian men, women and children living through the war is heart breaking. Young men being enlisted to fight and ending up as prisoners of war. The partisan fighters and their strength of will. The fear of people living with war on their
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Sydney Long
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I don’t even know where to begin. I suppose a brief summary of this book is a good start. It alternates between present day and the early 1940’s in Tuscany. Present day Alba returns home to Italy after tragically losing her boyfriend in a motor accident. There she meets Massimo, an elderly former WWII POW. Together, they help each other heal. Massimo has been bottling up his wartime experiences and Alba blames herself for her boyfriends death. They instantly feel a connection and for the first ...more
Jena Henry
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since the popular book and movie, “Under the Tuscan Sun”, Tuscany invokes in me the feeling of getting away and starting a new life filled with peace and tranquility in the midst of timeless history. Author Angela Petch is up to the challenge of portraying her vision of the Tuscan countryside in an equally evocative and inspiring book that showcases the foods, homes, families and culture of Tuscany. Who hasn’t dreamed of taking a chance and starting anew in Tuscany?

The Tuscan Girl is a
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Tiffany
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Tuscan girl. What an overall sweet story. This is one of those stories that jumps between present day and WWII.

Alba has been through a traumatic event in her life and moves home to grieve and recover.
Massimo is an older gentleman who lives in a group home as he has no family to care for him, but it's only his physical limitations that keep him from his home.
Lucia is the love of Massimo's life. She is young and spunky and completely sporadic and fun.

All three of these individuals come and
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Rosalind
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the mix of times worked quite well. The depiction of life in Italy during the war was hard and that came across well.
I knew there had been a lot of Italian prisoners of war in the UK and I also knew that a lot worked on the farms, they were needed as so many men had gone to fight. Also a lot of the work they did like clearing streams and rivers hasn't been done since.
Horrific how Lucia and her parents were treated by the neighbours and I'm sure that happened. It was very poignant the
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Kathleen Gray
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely dual time line story that moves between London and Tuscany and WWII and the present. Alba, seeking solace after the tragic death of her fiancé in the UK, returns to her family home in Tuscany where she meets Massimo. Massimo, who is 90 years old, slowly spools out his story and that of Lucia, the woman he loved. Those two went through so much during the war and after. This wraps in some little known aspects of WWII, such as Italian POWS kept in the UK and the impact on their families. ...more
Jenna
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this novel and the dual timeline worked well. Both story lines were interesting, which I often gravitate more towards one than the other. I have read many historical fiction novels about WWII, but nothing about the Italians and the POW camps in the UK. Great set of characters that were well developed with a great plot - really enjoyed Lucia and Massimo. Overall a great read.

Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for and ARC in exchange for an honest review.
CR
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This historical fiction novel was wonderful! It had depth and the characters were so alive. The story was so touching and I couldn't put it down. There were a few spots that the pacing slowed down so that was kind of disappointing but overall this was one story that I could see reading again and again.
Jess
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good story but it was a little disjointed and could be really well served by a better editor to clean up the way the timeline is presented and some inconsistencies. I love WW2 Historical Fiction a lot and this was really good but just barely missed being really great.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC!
Carla Terry
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a lovely historical fiction book. It is well-written and sophisticated. My one criticism would be that I found it hard to really care about the characters. There was not one that I could relate to or connect with.
Annette
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book had two storylines and each one was interesting.
It was heartbreaking and sad. I liked the friendship that grows between the young and the old. I enjoyed the story !
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
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Born in Germany on account of my father being stationed there in the British army, post-war, I have not stopped travelling and collecting stories since. The remainder of my childhood was spent in Rome, I married in Italy, worked for a Dutch company, lived in Tanzania, East Africa and now divide my year between Tuscany and West Sussex, England.