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Author: Rhys Bowen
Goodreads Synopsis: “In 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.
Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.
Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…”
Review: Man, I haven’t been able to find a WWII story in awhile that really captivated me. Which is really really unfortunate. I’ve read stories by Rhys Bowen before and when I finally finished this I realized it reminded me almost too much like In Farleigh Field (which I actually loved). While I loved the atmosphere of Italy (and to be honest, I now want to go there), I didn’t really enjoy the plot (ugh again you guys — two historical fiction books in a row)! It’s unfortunate, but it happens, Hugo’s story is definitely one that I enjoyed and I wish the entire story was about him and in his point of view instead of the present with his daughter Joanna. I think if it had been a story in the past with Hugo, I would have gotten a better understanding of what the war was like in Italy and might have felt more of a connection to the characters.
Overall Rating: 3/3 stars