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Tuscan Rose | [Belinda Alexandra]

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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    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-21-13
    Ashley SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 09-21-13 Member Since 2013

    I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

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    "Such a beautiful listen...."
    What made the experience of listening to Tuscan Rose the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Tuscan Rose to and why?

    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.


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

    I honestly do not have a favorite. I had my favorite characters in general but this has nothing to do with the narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Dee Why, Australia 08-12-13
    Anne Dee Why, Australia 08-12-13 Member Since 2007

    I have worked in information Technology for 25 years and have run my own small business for 23 years. I love books!

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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Udette Tarentaalrand, South Africa 10-08-13
    Udette Tarentaalrand, South Africa 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Beautiful war-time story."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda United States 10-03-13
    Linda United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A Lovely Read/Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development and the personal view of history in Italy before and during World War II.


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

    Rosa, of course, but most of the recurring characters are well-drawn.


    If you could take any character from Tuscan Rose out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Luciano. Just to have a look.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 08-16-13
    Elizabeth Beverly, Massachusetts 08-16-13 Member Since 2010
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    "LOVED it!"
    What made the experience of listening to Tuscan Rose the most enjoyable?

    Ms. Alexandra's attention to detail is impeccable. She drew me into the story within the first few paragraphs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    If you could rename Tuscan Rose, what would you call it?

    In the Company of Wolves.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy historical novels then don't miss this one. I'm looking forward to reading more of Ms. Alexandra's novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Millersville, MD, United States 08-05-13
    Jessica Millersville, MD, United States 08-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Caroline Lee's narration of this book is brilliant"
    If you could sum up Tuscan Rose in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, romantic, struggle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Rosa, the brave Tuscan Rose


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first narration by Caroline Lee that I have heard, but I am frantically searching for the next. Her performance was excellent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-02-13
    Pattie MARINA DEL REY, CA, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous story, great narrator!"
    If you could sum up Tuscan Rose in three words, what would they be?

    The story kept me intrigued and the Narrator made me feel like I was living the story.


    What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

    She did an excellent job! She used inflection and emotion in all the right places.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. J. Melton OKC 06-27-13
    R. J. Melton OKC 06-27-13 Member Since 2008

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Emotional slice of history"
    Would you listen to Tuscan Rose again? Why?

    Yes, it read me to sleep a couple of times. I might have missed some details.


    What other book might you compare Tuscan Rose to and why?

    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.


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

    Antonio and the heroic Falcon


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    It's a love story during the Italian struggle with facism and the resistance to the Nazi.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    06-11-10
    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.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Baltimore, Md, United States 04-22-11
    Diane Baltimore, Md, United States 04-22-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Boring"

    Somehow I was led to this book after reading and thoroughly enjoying Kate Morton's book The House at Riverton. But there is no comparison. The beginning is intriguing. An infant girl, Rosa, is left at a nunnery. She is raised by the sisters and fifteen years later she leaves to become governess for the daughter of a wealthy Italian family at the time when Mussolini is coming into power. That she has some connection to this family is immediately obvious. From there on it is amazingly contradictory. While she displays seemingly great knowledge of child rearing, Pythagoras, music, language and philosophy, she is apparently ignorant of how babies are conceived and born. This becomes obvious after Rosa is wrongly jailed because of an accusation that Rosa aided another servant in aborting her child, by the evil step mother (an Italian noble woman by marriage) of her charge . Rosa is in jailed for ,over a year and is raped by one of her jailers. She doesn't realize she is pregnant until another inmate clues her in. This is 3 hours into the story. I kept trying but was so bored an irritated by both the writing and the plot I had to stop. For me a wasted credit. I prefer more subtlety and realism..

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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