Tuesday, March 16, 2021

It Happened in Tuscany Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

This morning, I have a historical fiction novel to share with readers. Learn about It Happened in Tuscany and author Gail Mencini, read my thoughts about the book--and enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of  this post.

Book Title: It Happened in Tuscany by Gail Mencini
Category Adult Fiction (18+), 408 pages
Genre Mainstream Fiction, Historical Fiction
Publisher Capriole Group
Release date Feb 18 2020
Content Rating: PG-13. The novel includes violence in war scenes and non-explicit sex scenes, but not f-words, religious profanities, or crude terms as described. 

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About the Book

From the multiple-award-winning author of To Tuscany with Love comes a captivating story of the epic tug of war between honor and duty, the irrepressible power of love, and the concept of family.

In 1945, Will Mills and his fellow soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division scaled Italy’s treacherous Riva Ridge in the frigid night to break through the nearly impenetrable German line of defense. Severely wounded, Will was rescued by Italian partisans and one, a beautiful girl, tended his injuries until he had the strength to rejoin the U.S. troops.

Tormented and haunted by his decisions and actions during wartime, Will knows he has unfinished missions in Italy to complete. The passage of time and years of carrying this unfulfilled need have molded Will into a bitter, angry man.

Seventy-five years later, Will’s spunky thirty-two-year-old neighbor, Sophie Sparke, faces disaster in her life. Everything is going wrong—her job, her love life, even her dog. Part of the problem is that confident and fiercely independent Sophie lets her quick mouth get her into trouble.

Grouchy, mean-spirited Will finagles Sophie into traveling with him to Tuscany to find the partisan who saved his life. Will also secretly hopes to confront the demons his wartime actions created. Sophie and Will comb enchanting Tuscan hill towns on an improbable and unfolding mission with few clues to aid them. Will’s passionate tenacity drives their quest and in the process exposes their darkest secrets. The journey alters the course of their lives, and Will and Sophie find more than they had imagined in the hills of Tuscany.


My Review


Readers Will Experience Italy Through the Author's Pages. While I have not visited Italy--the author took me there through her detailed pages.  As we follow her characters on their Tuscany journey--we are treated to tour for our senses in both present day and the past.  I loved the author's setting development and the way she was able to transport me quite easily to another place and time.

The Characters Create the Story.  While the main character pair seemed a bit unlikely at first, the bond and relationship became the heart of the story as they both worked through an emotional journey of discovery (and some soul searching and self discovery as well.)  I enjoyed both characters and became quickly attached to them.  Their interactions with each other as well as the outside world brought the story to life.

Would I Recommend It Happened in Tuscany?  The author creates an interesting, beautiful, well written story with just enough twists, humor and dialogue to keep reader interest from beginning to end.  The pages are detailed--but, not overly so.  Every detail serves to bring readers deeper into the experiences of Will and Sophie and the Tuscany region.  This is a wonderful story for fans of historical fiction who enjoy life stories--and emotional journeys. 

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Meet the Author

Gail Mencini is the acclaimed author of It Happened in Tuscany and To Tuscany with Love, both of which are Denver Post #1 bestsellers and award winners. Gail grew up in DeWitt, Nebraska, graduated from Wartburg College with a BA in Accounting and Economics, and earned a master of taxation degree from the University of Denver. A frequent visitor to Tuscany and a homegrown gourmet cook, Gail has toured Italy by car, train, bus, Vespa, and foot. She lives in Colorado with her husband.

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