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Tuscan Rose Audiobook

Tuscan Rose

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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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    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 11-16-13
    Claudine Govier Wellington, NV 11-16-13

    Lady Iris

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    "Wonderful Historical Fiction"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Tuscan Rose to be better than the print version?

    This book takes you into the time between the 1st World War and the 2nd World War and then into the 2nd World War. However, this is not a war book. The book puts you into the life in Florence through the eyes and experiences of an orphan. There is also the mystery of where Rose came from that is slowly reveled through the book. This is a great read and I very much enjoyed it!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jrich 08-20-13
    Jrich 08-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Story"

    I love historical fiction and this story was wonderful to listen to. The narration was one of the best I have heard. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley 08-02-13
    Shelley 08-02-13
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    "Wonderfully complex and compelling"
    What did you love best about Tuscan Rose?

    Firstly I must rave about Caroline Lee as narrator, she's amazing! Her command of Italian names and phrases wowed me with each such word spoken. She has the incredible talent of speaking with the voices of all the characters with such credibility that the narrator disappears and the characters come alive. The best narrator I have ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuscan Rose?

    The accounts of Italy under Mussolini and during WW II were chilling. I wanted to know more and did some research on my own. We have heard so little of Italy's involvement during the war. This was quite an eye opener.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with Luciano in the tunnel moved me the most. What an incredible story.


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

    The title belies the breadth and depth of the book, but i like its subtlety.


    Any additional comments?

    This is by far the best audible experience that I have had and the best book I have every 'read'.

    Brava Belinda!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 07-26-13
    Amazon Customer United States 07-26-13
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    "Fabulous"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, loved listening. couldn't wait to start listening again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tuscan Rose?

    When Luchiano sacrificed himself to save Rosa


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

    Luchiano


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

    no, it took a couple of weeks while commuting in my car. Made the trip faster.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    michael d holder 06-11-10 Listener 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.

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    Diane 04-22-11
    Diane 04-22-11
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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..

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-01-13
    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-01-13 Member Since 2016
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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!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank T. 05-07-17
    Frank T. 05-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Beautiful story"

    This is a beautifully written story of love and loss, joy and pain. It is long, but I think it was totally worth it.

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    05-07-17
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    "A wonderful book"

    loved it !!! I learned more than I expected about WWII EFFECTS on Italy, Switzerland and France. the freedom fighters were amazing!

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    Lily Foss 04-22-17
    Lily Foss 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Sooooo long!"

    I would have loved this book if it had been a few hours shorter, but it just DRAGGED. I'm glad I didn't give up on it, because there was a twist I didn't see coming at the very end, but it was so long and meandering that I couldn't blame anyone who stopped listening during the interminable Flock section.

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