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    Powerful and Heartbreaking!

    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 felt the characters were well-developed and likeable for the most part. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this very riveting book that I really enjoyed.
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    A very touching historical fiction.

    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 evident in his face. Alba cannot let go, however, and speaks to Massimo yet again. The two find make a connection in their grief. More and more Massimo trusts Alba and he begins to tell her of a young girl he knew during the war named Lucia. This is where the story often switches to the past. Lucia was a brave young woman and changed Massimo's life forever. What a mystery to be solved. However, it is heartbreaking. As the horrors of the war grew close to Lucia and Massimo they were not happy-go-lucky young lovers. Their love was fraught with heartbreak and danger. Alba finds ways to help Massimo to recount these memories, although it is clear his life cycle is nearing its end. I do love the decisions each of the main characters made throughout the story, but especially Alba. The Tuscan Girl is a touching story that touches on yet a different aspect of the war. It never ceases to surprise me as I continue to read historical fiction novels on how many ways lives were affected and forever changed. I did read The Tuscan Secret previously by Angela Petch and I fell in love with Tuscany then. She did another fantastic job of making the characters and the settings feel real to me. I enjoy her writing and look forward to reading much more as time goes on. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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    Good WWII story

    The Tuscan Girl is an fascinating story about a modern day Italian woman, Alba, whose find of a box of old silverware tied to WWII sends her on a quest to learn more about the period. She eventually connects with Massimo, an old man who’d survived. The story moves back and forth between the present and the past, which focuses on the ordinary Italian citizens struggle to survive and one German who questions his assignment. No spoilers! This new to me British author does a good job describing her scenes and giving life to her characters. While this reader found the book a bit slow to grab my attention in the beginning, I became hooked once Massimo began to tell his story. Fans of WWII stories should find this book time well spent. I voluntarily reviewed an advance copy of this book from NetGalley.
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    Haunting and heartwarming

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. I had the fortune of reading this author's previous book, "The Tuscan Secret" and loved it, I knew when I saw she had a new book that I had to read it, especially when I found out that it that some of the people from her previous book were in it. It was lovely, heart-wrenching and heartwarming, sad and joyous all at once. I loved this story, I loved these characters and this mountainside. Alba has recently lost the man she thought would be her husband to a fatal accident and she blames herself, perhaps if they had not argued, he would still be alive, but they most certainly would not have been together, she knew he was breaking it off with her. Feeling lost and heartbroken, she leaves England and goes home to her small village in northern Italy. There she is soothed by her parents and a familiar way of life. She soon meets Massimo a 90 year old war veteran from the village, they form a quick bond. As Alba and Massimo get to know one another, they spend time at his small house in the mountainside and they unburden their secrets and he tells her of his wife, Lucia and she of her James. The story is told in two parts, the present by Alba and in the past by Lucia. The story of Lucia will stay with me, is was haunting and full of emotion. Loved every part of this book. This author is going on my list of favourites for sure.
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