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New On My Shelf This Week

I liked the sound of this story line from the off, and for that I have to thank the lovely Katie Olsen representing ‘Little Bird Publicity‘ and the great folks at NetGalley for once again coming through with my complimentary download copy for Kindle.

Also, as author Rhys Bowen originally hailed from Bath, one of our nearby home cities, I do like to keep in touch with local talent, even if she has defected to the other side of the Atlantic!


Cover Image Of 'The Tuscan Child' By Rhys BowenIn 1944, British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli. But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.

Nearly thirty years later, Hugo’s estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father’s funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation.

Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…

Clicking on the book’s title will link you directly with it’s Goodreads listing.


Image Of Author Rhys BowenRhys Bowen was born in Bath, England, of a family that was half Welsh, half English. She was educated at London University and then began her career with the BBC, where she became a drama studio manager.

The British climate forced Rhys to escape to Australia, where she worked for Australian Broadcasting before meeting her future husband, a fellow Brit who was on his way to California, which is where she settled, raised her family and has lived ever since, although she now spends her winters in Arizona.

Rhys’s books have made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews. She is a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards and has been nominated for the Edgar Best Novel.

When she is not writing, Rhys also loves to travel, sing, sketch, hike and play her Celtic harp.

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Picture of an English red post boxis a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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