Escape to Tuscany

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Pub Date 06 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 20 Jul 2023

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A gripping and moving debut novel about two women, decades apart, whose fates converge in Florence, Italy. Perfect for fans of Patricia Wilson, Carol Kirkwood and Lucinda Riley.

Only fourteen, Stella Infuriati is the youngest member of her town’s resistance network during World War II. Risking imprisonment and death, she relays messages, supplies, and weapons to partisan groups in the Tuscan Hills. Her parents have no idea, consumed instead by love and fear for their beloved son, Achille, a courier and unofficial mechanic for a communist brigade fighting the fascists.

Then, after 1945, Stella seemingly vanishes from the records, her name and story overshadowed by the tragic death of her brother – until a young writer arrives in Tuscany in the spring of 2019, uncovering long-buried secrets.

Fleeing an emotionally abusive marriage and a lonely life on an isolated estate, Tori McNair has come to Florence, the beautiful city her grandmother, Margaret, taught her to love, to build a new life. As she digs into her family history with the help of Marco, a handsome lawyer, Tori starts to uncover secrets of the past – truths that stretch back decades, to a young woman who risked everything to save her world....

A gripping and moving debut novel about two women, decades apart, whose fates converge in Florence, Italy. Perfect for fans of Patricia Wilson, Carol Kirkwood and Lucinda Riley.

Only fourteen, Stella...

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I have never wanted to travel more than readi g this book!
The characters the storyline and locations were just beautiful I didn't want the story to end.

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This book really made me want to get on a plane such a beautiful experience from the gorgeous cover to the characters and story.
Highly recommended reading

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Set giving 2 women's stories. Stella's begins during world war 2 and Tori in 21st century. Lovely book. It keeps taking you back and forward between the 2 women and how they end up being linked

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Reading this book made me fall a little bit more in love with Italy. It made me celebrate women being their own champions and appreciate the vast spectrum of masculinity represented in the relationships Tori experiences.

I enjoyed the alternating viewpoint between chapters and how the story connected the two protagonists, without compromising their individual arcs. I’d have loved to have read more, and will look forward to what Ms Devereaux shares next.

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Enjoyable read from two points of view. First, that of a 15-year old girl, Stella, during the German occupation of Tuscany and her family. She's at school but working with the partisans carrying messages and so on. Later she becomes more hands-on against both Germans and Communists. Her brother, Achille, is a major character too, very active and aggressively so in resistance. Her father traditional and her mother very much favours the brother. She has a hard life, subsequently disappearing but then reappearing in modern times. The second p.o.v. is that of Tori arriving in Tuscany, a place of fond childhood memories, to escape from a controlling husband and following the death of a beloved grandmother, The two stories link well together. Stella's is the more gripping and interesting. Tori's feels much less so and very much secondary - essentially a new romance then husband appears; he's yes manipulative and unpleasant but gives in easily and disappears. Lovely evocative descriptions of Tuscany. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy.

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