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Saturday, November 18, 2023

My Thoughts - The Tuscan Orphan written by: Siobhan Daiko

 The Tuscan Orphan 

1944 - When an air raid strikes the hospital she’s been working in, Carrie’s life irrevocably changes.  But as a nurse in the middle of wartime, she has no time to grieve, as she has too many people  relying on her. 

For resistance fighter, Vito, nothing is more important than seeking vengeance for the atrocities his  fellow comrades have suffered. But when he liberates a convent, finding a group of Jewish children in  hiding, he suddenly has even more to fight for. 

Little Mimi is injured, scared and alone. Together Carrie and Vito vow to find her parents, a loving  home. But under the shadow of war, is it wise to make promises you’re not sure you can keep? 

Heartbreaking and immersive, this powerful story of the strength of the human spirit will delight  fans of Kristin Hannah, Fiona Valpy and Rhys Bowen 

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Siobhan Daiko writes powerful and sweeping historical fiction set in Italy during the second World  War, with strong women at its heart. She now lives near Venice, having been a teacher in Wales for  many years. 

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My Thoughts 

The Tuscan Orphan is written by Siobhan Daiko. This is the first book that I’ve read by this author and it won’t be my last. This book is beautifully written and readers will be swept away to 1943. 

Carrie has recently graduated nursing school. She enlists with the American Army Nurses and is sent overseas right away. It’s a whole different world than what she’s used to. However she finds her way and quickly falls into a routine. Then she meets American Surgeon, Bill. Their relationship moves fast but it’s war time. Carrie, Bill, Louise and other doctors and nurses see so much carnage. However when the Nazis decide to drop bombs on their makeshift hospital everything changes. 

Vito is a resistance fighter that is trying to help to liberate a convent where his sister is a nun.  He went into guerrilla fighting when he didn’t want to comply with the Nazis. however he is injured when he is trying to get a little Tuscan girl, Mimi to safety. 

Carrie is put in charge of Mimi’s care. She speaks more Italian than others. She and Vito become fast friends and they try and locate Mimi’s parents who have seemed to vanish into thin air. 

This story moves at a fast past and you find yourself drawn into the story as soon as you open the book. The author has written a historically rich story. I hope to read more from this author. 

Thank you to the author, publisher and Rachel’s Random Resources for allowing me to read a copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.

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