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    Characters great page turner perfect flow

    I have been to Europe, but unfortunately never to Italy, but after reading this book I felt as though I roamed the hills, countryside and villages with the characters. The author has a flair of taking you from the bygone era to at this moment without losing sight of what message her characters were trying to convey. She had perfect flow of her thoughts in the characters which helped define them as they grew. I have never read any previous books by this author beforehand ,but I had no trouble following who the characters were because obviously there are other books, but a reader does not need to read them first to enjoy or to comprehend what is happening throughout this book. However, the ending was quite abrupt and I was stymied at the conclusion? I am going to assume that possibly there maybe a sequel coming to this one? If not, then I just would have liked a more concise conclusion. Thank you to the authors and publishers who work diligently for us the readers. I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and these are my willingly given thoughts and opinions.
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    Life and Love in Tuscany

    A Tuscan Memory was two love stories set in Tuscany - the earliest was Giuseppe and Marissa and the second was the love story of Giuseppe's grandson Francesco and his wife Anna. In the early 1900s, Giuseppe, a smart young boy, was sent to the seminary school where he thrived and aspired to become a teacher. A sinister encounter with a seminary priest abruptly ended his education and Giuseppe refused to return to the seminary, knowing full well that his life would be much harder from this point on. In 1917, he left his family's home to join the shepherds who traveled yearly by foot to the coast from September to May - called the transumanza.. This became a yearly event for him and was a life of hardship and loneliness. During one of his trips, he meets a woman and although warned by his fellow shepherds of her wantoness, he continues seeing her. She gets pregnant and a little boy named Dario is born. Giuseppe can't give him up so he leaves the shepherds and heads home to the mountains and his friend Marisa. Marisa, although ten years older than Giuseppe, has always loved him. She tells him they will marry and she will help him raise Dario. In the present day, Giuseppe's grandson Francesco and his wife Anna and their children still live in the mountains of Tuscany. Their son Davide has an interest in his Nonno (Giuseppe) and so the family decides to learn more about him and the transumanza. The best part of this book was the telling of Giuseppe and Marisa's stories. Where the book fell apart a bit for me was connecting to the present day lives of Francesco and Anna and Davide. For me this part of the book and the characters were not as well developed as those in Giuseppe and Marisa's timeframe. I learned a lot about life in the 1900s in Tuscany and this book was an enjoyable read for me. My thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for allowing me to read this book. I am definitely going to read the other books by this author!
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    Beautiful setting

    A Tuscan Memory is a dual timeline book Giuseppe's story is set in 1915 and the few following years and in present day you follow a family of his descendants. It is a beautiful description of Italy and we learn much of the history. We also see the struggles, not only of the characters but of the Italian people throughout the decades. Well written and enjoyable, thank you #NetGalley for allowing me to read #ATuscanMemory for my honest review.
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