Tuscan Rose

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HarperCollins, Jun 1, 2010 - Fiction - 608 pages
A big, luscious, can't-put-it-down saga from bestseller Belinda Alexandra, a story of tragedy, romance and mystery, set against the beauty of Florence in the terrifying years of Mussolini.

A tale of sacrifice and reward, of beauty and horror ... and of redemption.

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 ...

When Rosa turns fifteen, she must leave the nuns who have raised her 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.

Meanwhile, the hand of Fascism curls around beautiful Italy, threatening her citizens. In the face of unimaginable hardship, will Rosa's intelligence, intuition and her extraordinary capacity for love be enough to ensure her survival?

'A wonderful story that had me reading until the early hours of the morning' Good Reading 'Impeccable research into the terrible times of Mussolini's Italy makes this story of sacrifice and salvation unforgettable' Woman's Day

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User Review  - booksintheburbs - LibraryThing

I was entranced from the first chapter. I don’t typically read any voodoo-who-do type of books, and this wasn’t really one. However, there is a bit of mysticism that weaves itself around the storyline ... Read full review

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User Review  - Christine16 - LibraryThing

Ms Alexadra adds a touch of gruesome to an otherwise gentle story of Rosa, a young girl raised in the shelter of a convent who becomes governess to Clementina. Clementina's parents are the Marchese and Marchesa Scarfiotti, a rather unconventional couple living 1920's Fascist Tuscany. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Belinda Alexandra has been published to wide acclaim in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Poland, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, Hungary and the United States. She is the daughter of a Russian mother and an Australian father and has been an intrepid traveller since her youth. Her love of other cultures is matched by her passion for her home country, Australia, where she is a volunteer rescuer and carer for the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). An animal lover, Belinda is also the patron of the World League for the Protection of Animals (Australia).

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