Dec 17, 2013

TUSCAN ROSE by Belinda Alexandra

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Title: Tuscan Rose: A Novel by Belinda Alexandra
Published November 19, 2013; Gallery Books
Genre: historical fiction
Source: publisher review copy

First chapter/Prologue:
Florence 1914
The man pauses in a doorway, swaying on his feet, before lunging again along the crooked street in the direction of the river. The distance he has covered across the city leaves him panting. But the fate of the infant he has hidden among the folds of his coat depends on him, and he is terrified that if he does not deliver her to safety, and return before his absence raises suspicion, they will both be lost. 
Signor Lagorio shook his head."This is the end of all Europe. Germany has marched into Poland."
Rosa was in too much pain to take in anything more. (ch. 17)
Publisher book description:

"FLORENCE, 1914. 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 one clue to the child’s identity.
FIFTEEN YEARS LATER, young Rosa must leave the nuns, her only family, and become governess to the daughter of an aristocrat and his strange, frightening wife. Their house is elegant but cursed, and Rosa—blessed with gifts beyond her considerable musical talents—is torn between her desire to know the truth and her fear of its repercussions. All the while, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, and no citizen is safe. Rosa faces unimaginable hardship: her only weapons her intelligence, intuition, and determination . . . and her extraordinary capacity for love."

Based on the opening paragraph and the teaser, would you read on?


  1. I would keep reading. This sounds like a story I would enjoy. The cover is pretty too.

  2. This sounds like my kind of story...I would continue reading,

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  3. Oh, this sounds good! Love the cover, too.

  4. Oh, yes, this story sounds captivating. Thanks for sharing...and here's MY TUESDAY MEMES POST

  5. This sounds like something I would really like--not to mention the cover is beautiful!

  6. The time period and setting grabs my attention and I like the summary.

  7. I would keep reading. It's not my usual genre but it sounds really interesting.

  8. That is a gorgeous cover. I'd keep reading as I love historical fiction.

  9. This sounds very. It sounds like something i'd like to read.

  10. I must say that the story sounds a bit cliched. The Fascism angle seems to through a little originality into the picture however. I think that I would need some convincing to continue.


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