A mysterious stranger known as 'The Wolf' leaves an infant with the sisters of Santo Spirito. A tiny silver key hidden in her wrappings is the only clue to the child's identity and so begins a story as intriguing and beautiful as the city of Florence itself. Belinda Alexandra's new novel, Tuscan Rose, is set in Italy during the time of Mussolini. This richly woven tale of passion, love, longing, witchcraft and magic promises to be everything her readers love and more.
©2010 Belinda Alexandra (P)2010 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
The historical setting and events around which the story evolves are interesting and well described. Overall, I enjoyed the book and especially the reading of Caroline Lee. What I did not enjoy was the highly improbable plot twist towards the end. There's only so far disbelief can be suspended.
Near the best
It was realistic and remained enthralling from page one.
Too many to pick one.
Good historical fiction.
This story is so full of emotions and though not truth could fit into history perfectly. Such a great history lesson about Florence and Europe, such a cruel time. Makes me feel we should be able to conquer anything in this period of time with all the pampering we have.
A perfect marriage of author and reader, and I love the acting and voices from children to old people.
"Such a beautiful listen...."
This is a duel effort between the author and the narrator. I mean the story was beautifully written and the way Caroline Lee narrated it really brought it to life.
Unfortunately I am unable to think of one at this moment but think of a historical romance centered around a war. That is the premise for this story.
I honestly do not have a favorite. I had my favorite characters in general but this has nothing to do with the narration.
In the beginning this book was a bit slow. I had a hard time following during my initial sitting. I even got frustrated for even buying the book but once it picked up around the second chapter I did not want to put it down. However, I will say this was a really long book and I think there could have been some things left out of the book. Even still, this did not effect how I feel about the work that went into it.
This was a beautiful story and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind being on the edge of their seats. Those who don't mind crying. Basically anyone who understands what it feels like to be emotionally invested in a book. This book was well worth the credit or cash.
"A Lovely Read/Listen"
Yes. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, but this was a book where the characters made such an indelible impression that I was enchanted. It was beautifully written, impeccably narrated and, despite its length, didn't last long enough.
The character development and the personal view of history in Italy before and during World War II.
Rosa, of course, but most of the recurring characters are well-drawn.
Luciano. Just to have a look.
Ms. Alexandra's attention to detail is impeccable. She drew me into the story within the first few paragraphs.
I was so sad when I finished the book because Rosa had almost become a friend. I believe there were probably many "Rosas" that lived through the horrible tragedies of World War II and whose stories will never be told. The book pays tribute to those women.
In the Company of Wolves.
If you enjoy historical novels then don't miss this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Alexandra's novels.
"Beautiful war-time story."
This was a good listen.
The story gave me insight into Italy's part in the 2nd World War, Mussolini and the hardships that the Italian people faced around his reign.
The story has an interesting plot with a bizarre but surprising twist at the end. Perhaps I would have written the end of the heroin's family history a bit different myself, but it did not make the book a bad listen.
I'll recommend this one.
"Very depressing story and too drawn out"
I do not like writing a bad review about a narrator as they work very hard and whilst I normally love Caroline Lee's narration, I found the forced Italian pronunciation very annoying. I think it was overdone and very distracting.
"Caroline Lee's narration of this book is brilliant"
Exciting, romantic, struggle
The main character, Rosa, the brave Tuscan Rose
This is the first narration by Caroline Lee that I have heard, but I am frantically searching for the next. Her performance was excellent.
This book will twist you from shock to tears to laughter and outright surprise. A delightful read that you won't want to put down.
"Emotional slice of history"
Yes, it read me to sleep a couple of times. I might have missed some details.
I read a piece awhile back called the Zookeepers Wife...a long winding beautiful tale that captured my attention and left me in a happy place.
Antonio and the heroic Falcon
It's a love story during the Italian struggle with facism and the resistance to the Nazi.
This is tale that puts you in Italy during the Facist regime of Mussolini and the struggle against the Nazi, Rose is a character driven by the historical events to expose the reader to the devastation these years wrought in Italy. It is an emotional listen, you will need a tissue.
"Fabulous story, great narrator!"
The story kept me intrigued and the Narrator made me feel like I was living the story.
She did an excellent job! She used inflection and emotion in all the right places.
"Richly written, at times disturbing"
I really liked the length of the book -- it's good for long commutes. The story itself is in 3 distinct parts, related only by the fact that it contains Rosa, the main character is in all three. Loved the historical detail!
My favorite character was Rosa's husband Antonio, because he was solid and sensible and offered stability to the story.
I love anything Caroline Lee performs!
This is not a book for anyone with a weak constitution. Alexandra's intense descriptions of Fascist and Nazi atrocities had me nauseous and gave anxiety the entire time I listened to this book. The book needs a graphic disclaimer for the violence.
"Brilliantly written & narrated"
This was my first Belinda Alexandra book & I am so very impressed I have gotten into her other titles. For me this book gives me strength, no matter what life throws at you, it is nothing the strong girl in this book & her friends are dealt don't take within their stride. A gripping tale of a young Ophan living through the horrors of being wrongly accused in the age of fascism and surviving the war through the eyes of the Florentine Italians. Your credit will not be wasted with this great story.
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