Saturday, November 9, 2013

Review: Tuscan Rose

Tuscan Rose
Tuscan Rose by Belinda Alexandra

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rosa was left with the sisters of Santo Spirito by a stranger described as “The Wolf.” The only clue to who the child may be is hidden within a silver key that was found inside the baby’s wrappings. The book then fast-forwards several times, the first to be when she is escorted out of the convent to become a governess. Her time in this position is short lived when she is charged with a crime without a trial and sent to prison. Later jumps in time give the reader access to her experiences throughout what was to become known as World War II.

Tuscan Rose is more than a love story. Set in the historical time of Mussolini, the reader will experience love, heartbreak, curiosity and patriotism. Although I am an American and was not even born during this time in history, I felt a connection to Rosa and the characters found in the story. Alexandra brings Florence to life and encourages the reader to feel at home in this land. I enjoyed this book and feel enriched because of it, but I feel the length will deter any readers who are not comfortable with historical fiction books that span such a large space of time. For those who are dedicated to their passion of reading, this is a good choice to pursue.

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