Book Review: The Tuscan Child

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

When you get pregnant (and especially during those last few weeks of waiting for baby to arrive) everyone tells you to ‘enjoy it while you can’. What you end up doing is ignoring everyone’s advice, wiling your baby to arrive early, and then immediately understanding exactly what they were getting at.

I used to read so much and just figured I’d read when baby naps as they sleep loads right? (spoiler alert - this is not how it works). Now she’s in more of a routine and sleeping longer at night it’s easier to find time to read the odd book.

I saw The Tuscan Child by Rhys Bowen being advertised on my Kindle Fire tablet as a £1 kindle deal. I previously read In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen after getting that on the same offer so I was reasonably confident it was something I was going to enjoy.

Historical mysteries (especially dual timeline ones) are definitely my jam and this was both as even the ‘modern’ timeline was set in the past (1970s) rather than the current modern day. There is the perfect element of mystery and personal discovery with a little ‘boy meets girl’ thrown in too. Having read a lot of these types of books there is often a fairly common theme by the end but actually this was quite different. (I hesitate to say much more for fear of spoilers)

Rhys Bowen manages to really capture the feel of a place in her writing. I’ve never been to anywhere in Italy but her descriptions of the landscapes and the food most definitely had me running for a bowl of pasta! I liked that she chose to set the story in Italy. The older timeline is set during WW2 and most authors tend to chose England, Germany or France as a setting so this was unusual in that regard. I never really consider Italy’s involvement and it was also good to hear the different perspectives about that.

This was such a a good and easy read. I actually thought it was perhaps a bit short - turns out I just devoured it that quickly as it’s over 350 pages, which is about an average book length  really. (I must also comment that I think the feature of learned reading speed on my Kindle helped as it really does encourage you to read just another chapter) if you haven’t read anything by Rhys Bowen before I would urge you to give this one a go.

Have you picked up any random Kindle deals before they turned out to be a really good read? Let me know in the comments!

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