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The Tuscan Contessa

by Dinah Jefferies

Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Tuscan Contessa

A fascinating, bold and beautiful historical novel, chosen as a Liz Robinson Pick of the Month. Beginning in 1943 after liberated Italy has declared war on Nazi Germany, Contessa Sofia de’Corsi begins to help the resistance. The timeline of Italy during World War Two at the beginning of the book, helps set and centre the scene. If you have read Dinah Jefferies previous novels then you will discover a change in direction. You still have the historical aspect and thoughtful relationship tale, however we move continents to Europe, specifically Tuscany in Italy. The normally vibrant descriptive detailing of the sights, smells and sounds of countries within Asia reshapes to take in the daring Italian resistance. I could picture the walled village, countryside, and Florence, with the action scenes moving in vivid colour across the page. If you follow Dinah on social media then you will see some fabulous photos of some the trips she took and locations that inspired her. The Tuscan Contessa is another compelling, eloquent read from Dinah Jefferies that I can recommend.

Liz Robinson

The Tuscan Contessa Synopsis


A sweeping new novel from the number one Sunday Times bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife, available for pre-order now.

In 1943, Contessa Sofia de' Corsi's peaceful Tuscan villa among the olive groves is upturned by the sudden arrival of German soldiers. Desperate to fight back, she agrees to shelter a wounded British radio engineer in her home, keeping him hidden from her husband Lorenzo - knowing that she is putting all of their lives at risk.

When Maxine, an Italian-American working for the resistance, arrives on Sofia's doorstep, the pair forge an uneasy alliance. Feisty, independent Maxine promised herself never to fall in love. But when she meets a handsome partisan named Marco, she realizes it's a promise she can't keep...

Before long, the two women find themselves entangled in a dangerous game with the Nazis. Will they be discovered? And will they both be able to save the ones they love?

The Tuscan Contessa Press Reviews

'Dinah Jefferies has a remarkable gift for conjuring up another time and place with lush descriptions, full of power and intensity' Kate FurnivallThe sights, smells and atmosphere of Ceylon are beautifully depicted. This is Dinah Jefferies at her best. -- Lucinda Riley on 'The Sapphire Widow'

A sweeping tale, beautifully written in a wonderful setting, heart rending yet ultimately up lifting.

Gorgeous. -- Katie Fforde on 'The Sapphire Widow'

My ideal read - I couldn't put it down -- Santa Montefiore on 'The Tea Planter's Wife'

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ISBN: 9780241987315
Publication date: 23/07/2020
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780241987315
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Author: Dinah Jefferies
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Genres: Action Adventure / Spy, Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories,
Collections: Around the World in 80+ Historical Novels.,
Categories: Historical fiction, Second World War fiction,

About Dinah Jefferies

Dinah Jefferies was born in Malaysia and moved to England at the age of nine. She has worked in education, lived in a commune and exhibited work as an artist. Dinah's first novel,The Separation, was published by Viking in 2014; The Tea Planter's Wife is her second novel. She is a contributor to the Guardian and other newspapers and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband. Dinah Jefferies is our Putting Authors in the Picture feature for March 2019. Click here to read more about her author journey on our blog.

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