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Tuscan Rose Audiobook

Tuscan Rose

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    michael d holder 06-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "TMI - Too Much Information"

    What started out immediately as an interesting premise with enormous possibilities all too soon devolved into a minute description of how a woman feels about everything, from seeing herself in a mirror the first time to becoming thirsty after breast-feeding. The plot dragged and any theme was soon lost. It became a chore to listen, and finally was laid to rest unfinished. An abridged version might work with significant editing.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Maryjane O'Malley 04-03-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Disappointing!"

    Prolonged and disjointed historical journey.
    Story line was awkward unlike other books by this author.
    The torture scenes were irrelevant to story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-30-14
    JIMENA LAKEWOOD, CA, United States 07-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but a drama and really sad at times"

    This is one of my favorite author and probably my favorite narrator. Yet, this book gave me some mixed feelings because it was very sad. There were times I had to speed up the narration to end the overwhelmingly depressing scenes in the book. I must admit I got frustrated by the sequence of bad events throughout the story. The story and plot are solid in this novel; a good set of characters and very interesting with many well researched facts of the time and era of the story is impressive. I enjoyed the book and recommend to all listeners that enjoy long good books.

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    MickeyMarie 07-01-13
    MickeyMarie 07-01-13

    I read so I can write

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    "Brilliant historical fiction"

    Ms. Alexander has provided a very personal look at the history of the lives of Italians during the era of Mussolini and Hitler. It is a realistic look at what war does to individuals. Well written and well narrated, the story while long, is never boring. I wanted to finish it but at the same time didn't want it to end. Excellent work!

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    ilene 12-07-15
    ilene 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised by vision of animal cruelty"

    Phrases like "a doomed veal calf crying for its mother " ruin a story for me. I wish the author would see how unnecessary this is. Since I could not get that vision out of my mind I could not continue . Also- this is the first time that I didn't love Caroline Lee's narration. This time her portrayal of some of the names in this story was irritating and inconsistent .

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    Amazon Customer 10-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Did not care for the narration"
    What would have made Tuscan Rose better?

    The narrator played some of the characters way over the top. At times, the main character (Rosa) sounded like a whiny idiot I wished I could slap. Some of the evil characters were so overdone that they seemed cartoonish. They sounded as if they had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I tried my best to hang on until the end but could not. I had to call it quits when the furniture shop owner's bed-ridden-father started yelling and cursing. The narration was high pitched and grating like nails on a chalkboard. Not a good thing - if like me - you buy these audible books to keep you company during rush hour traffic.


    Has Tuscan Rose turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I love historical romance with a bit of other worldliness thrown into the mix.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Lee’s performances?

    No.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. The story gave a glimpse of how it might have been to live under Mussolini's fascist rule.


    Any additional comments?

    Ugh... I'm still wondering how the story ended. But I'd have to purchase the written version to figure it out. And the story line was really not good enough to bother. I know - this is a brutal review. Maybe I can still get my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lois 09-18-15
    Lois 09-18-15

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    "Way too long......"

    I thought it would never be over. The story was good and maybe historical, but I could hardly wait to get to the end. Not an enjoyable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeni Tutwiler In my car - forever 05-14-15
    Jeni Tutwiler In my car - forever 05-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Richly written, at times disturbing"
    Where does Tuscan Rose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Rosa's husband Antonio, because he was solid and sensible and offered stability to the story.


    Which character – as performed by Caroline Lee – was your favorite?

    I love anything Caroline Lee performs!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-19-15
    Mary LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 04-19-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    Excellent listening experience. I chose it because of the reader, Caroline Lee, who is my favorite. Now I will listen to others by this author. She is an excellent writer and storyteller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Brodbeck 04-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story in an interesting time."

    The setting and time make this interesting and enjoyable. The time is World War II and the setting is Italy from the Italian view point.

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