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Tuscan Soup | [Lou Wakefield]

Tuscan Soup

It's more than 20 years since single art teacher Marion Hardcastle visited Italy, but memories of that happiest of times still haunt her. So when Tom and Janice invite her on holiday, the lure of a Tuscan Palazzo proves irresistible. However, Marion soon realizes that she might not have a lot in common with her holiday companions, and the fabulously rude owner is more interested in entertaining her celebrity visitors than her other guests.
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It's more than 20 years since single art teacher Marion Hardcastle visited Italy, but memories of that happiest of times still haunt her. So when Tom and Janice invite her on holiday, the lure of a Tuscan Palazzo proves irresistible. However, Marion soon realizes that she might not have a lot in common with her holiday companions, and the fabulously rude owner is more interested in entertaining her celebrity visitors than her other guests. But slowly, under the hot Italian sun, the barriers between the groups start to melt.

©2001 Lou Wakefield; (P)2001 BBC Audiobooks Ltd

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    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 01-28-08
    connie Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada 01-28-08 Member Since 2007

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    "de-LIGHT-ful"

    Occasionally when tired I pick up a piece of "chick lit" -- but like junk food, though it looks appealing, in the end I find it too sickly sweet and the experience leaves me unsatisfied (and often with indigestion). Tuscan Soup was different! While it was light reading, the dialogue was very witty and smooth, and the story moved at such a clip that the implausibles of plot went unnoticed. It had more observations on the human condition than some "serious" novels. A bonus - the narrator, Prunella Scales, was fantastic.

    I finished the book last night and tonight I'm downloading another by Wakefield as well as anything else narrated by Scales. I think I'd listen to her read the telephone book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 06-26-06
    Cushla New PlymouthNew Zealand 06-26-06
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    "Easy and Enjoyable"

    Tucan Soup isn't the most challenging book to listen to, but it is an easy and enjoyable read. The characters are captured vividly by the narrator, making the tale both moving and pretty funny. The book does have depth, and I was sad to reach the end of the novel.

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    GRETNA, United Kingdom
    4/15/07
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    "Perfectly pleasant but her others are much better"

    This is a perfectly pleasant book. It is read extremely well by Prunella Scales, however it's pretty obvious that it was her first book and although it shows the promise of her later books that's most of what it does have ... promise.

    Some funny moments but if you want laugh out loud escapism I'd highly recommend Sleeping Partners (truly funny, fast and fun with some memorable moments and loveable characters) or Rural Bliss by the same author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Newcastle, United Kingdom
    12/10/06
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    "An engaging stew!"

    Prunella Scales is always a joy to listen to. You can almost visualise her facial expressions as she reads this bittersweet story of love lost and found during a Tuscan summer.
    The story takes a few daft turns but it is an engaging tale with lovely descriptions of the landscape, art and food on offer. This is certainly not an 'edge of your seat' listen but it is a great 'comfort' listen on a dark and murky December evening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iobhan
    Co ClareIreland
    12/15/08
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    "So Enjoyable!"

    I loved this book! I'm a relative newcomer to audiobooks and this was only my second or third one - I could not switch it off. The narration by Prunella Scales was fabulous - it really brought the characters to life. I found myself listening to it in bed until 3am and not falling asleep, as has happened with others. On more than one occasion my husband was woken up by my laughter! I can heartily recommend this fun book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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