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· A Concise History of Egypt

· The Tuscan Trilogy, The Twilight Years

· The Weird and Wonderful Advenfures of Tim Wessurp 'TWERP'

· The Tuscan Trilogy PERCHANCE TO DREAM

· The Magic island of Tippeti-too

· The Weird and Wonderful Adventures of Tim Wessurp 'TWERP'

· The Shores of Wisdom - The Story of the Ancient Library of Alexandria

· INQUEST ON IMHOTEP, Beyond the White Walls

· Ransomed

· Farewell Alexandria

· A treatment for a film/TV series based on TWERP's 1st adventure available

· A film script for a feature/Tv film based on RANSOMED now available

· A script for a film/tv series of THE TUSCAN TRILOGY. now available

· Filmscript for an animated cartoon of Tippeti-too available.

· Inquest on Imhotep filmscript now available

· The filmscript for a feature film based on FAREWELL ALEXANDRIA available

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Literary Fiction

Publisher: Type:  Fiction


Copyright:  Jan. 2008 ISBN-13:  9781435707979

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The Tuscan Trilogy

Moving between Tuscany, London, Rome and New York, The Tuscan Trilogy recounts the joys and tragedies of a woman whom fate both cuddles and flays, of her rise from childhood poverty in southern Italy to glittering social and financial success in London, of the men who love her, of her sons, and of the castle in the Chianti hills where the story begins and ends.

This three generation saga spanning sixty years, begins in June 1944 when a young British officer, Robert Lonsdale, heir to banker sir George Lonsadale, is wounded as Allied forces are chasing a retreating enemy across Tuscany, near the Castello of his aunt, the English born Contessa Lydia San Germano, and helped to safety by attractive 18 year old Rosa, an orphaned peasant girl from Southern Italy who works for her. Robert and she fall in love and plan to marry but, due to the war and a series of events and mishaps, that will only take place 30 years later when this first part of the saga ends. Rosa’s vicissitudes, which include a loss of memory after an accident, and her relationships with two cousins, Riccardo and Vincenzo Rossi, as well as with a son she has had from Robert, form the plot of the book. Riccardo, whom she eventually marries, becomes one of London’s top businessmen, while Vincenzo, temporarily her lover, who emigrated to America, develops into a high powered, unscrupulous, Italo-American financier with Mafia tie-ups, and connections with the notorious Italian bankers Sindona and Calvi, as well as with the Vatican’s I.O.R. Due to him, even Robert’s highly respectable merchant bank, which he plans to take over, finds itself in murky waters The action moves between Tuscany and London, Warwickshire and New York, Rome and Geneva, and tells of the joys and tragedies of a woman whom fate both cuddles and flays, of the men who love her, of her sons, and of the castello in the Chianti hills where everything started, which then finally becomes hers.     


Professional Reviews
Sidney Sheldon may have passed on last year, but his story telling style is alive and well in the hands of Derek Adie Flower's The Tuscan Trilogy - A Rose by Any Other Name.

Flower's tale is reminiscent of a couple of Sheldon's books. I was reminded of two in particular - Rage of Angels and The Other Side of Midnight - both great reads.

Trilogy -A Rose by Any Other Name is a fascinating and satisfying read and Flowers ability to craft this engrossing tale makes him a worthy successor to Sheldon's literary crown.

It is obvious that Flower's has done his "historical homework" in this tale that begins in the Chianti Hills of Tuscany circa WWII and ends in the same location some 30 years later. His diligence in maintaining historical accuracy, developing interesting characters and situations, and offering insights into Italy's culture adds to the overall reading experience as this saga of lost love, devastating secrets, betrayal, corruption, hedonistic behaviour, justice and redemption unfolds.

Although the trials and tribulations of Rosalina Pasquetti are at the heart of this story, it is the supporting characters in this chronicle who provide the flesh and blood to make this book exceptional instead of just a run of the mill love story.

The Majesty of Erica Borsos
Derek Adie Flower has written a tremendously interesting and complex novel which begins during World War II in Tuscany. Rosalina is a beautiful Italian young lady around eighteen years of age. She is bicycling through the countryside, returning to her job as companion to a wealthy British arisotcrat named Lydia, also known as Contessa San Germano. She had been married to an Italian and chose to remain in Italy, despite the war. The beginning of the novel feels like a typical film made in the 1950s and 1960s: an injured British soldier accidentally meets a beautiful single Italian young lady. She provides him help and they eventually fall in love. He promises to marry her after the war. She believes him, despite their class differences. Rosa has faith in his promise,.especially after she learns she is pregnant and gives birth to his son. A year later, Rosa visits London, with their son Michele (Michael), only to find Robert is not at home. Robert's Uncle
receives her rather formally and coldly with the information that Robert is married. Rosa leaves in confusion. She does not understand why Robert did not tell her he loved someone else. She nearly commits suicide in her despair until her faith in God returns and she realizes what she must do. Despiter her strong maternal instincts and love for her son, Rosa leaves Michele on the doorstep of the home of Sir George Lonsdale, Robert's uncle, a wealthy banker. She knows Robert will not abandon his son. He can provide Michele a better home, education and opportunities than she could as a single mother. Rosa has faith and hope that in the future ... they will reunite ... and that her son will understand the difficult choices and sacrifice she made for him.

The author does a phenomenal job of tying together the separate but emotionally connected lives of Rosalina Pasquetti and Sir Robert Lonsdale who later becomes a prominent banker inheriting his Uncle's position. Despite over twenty five years of living apart and each married to someone else, the two lost lovers never forgot each other, nor broke the strong bonds of love which connected them. After giving up her son, Rosa returned to Italy and ended up living at a convent in Rome. She had suffered a head injury and it was the nuns who nursed her back to health. They accepted her as a lay member of their community until her memory returned, after which she could decide her future. It was her former parish priest from Tuscany who helped her piece together some of her history prior to the injury. After five years, Rosa moved to London and visited her only living Italian relative, a distant cousin, Riccardo Rossi, a widower raising two teenage daughters. They
eventually married. He had a successful local business which later became an international success. Through fate, Riccardo's business came to rely on Lonsdale Bank which brought Rosa back in contact with Robert and her son Michele, although he only knew her while growing up as a close family friend.

The author creates a mesmerizing epic love story with many unexpected twists and turns in the plot. Vincenzo Rossi, another Italian male relative of Rosa's enters the picture. He is now an American banker with ties to international banking, including the Vatican Bank. He also has secret dealings with the Mafia. He makes himself indispensable to Riccardo and his international investments. He also complicates Rosa's life in an unimaginable way. It is totally amazing how the author provides meandering pathways which all lead back to Italy and Tuscany. It is the younger generation who provides the key to the future. Although, Robert's daughter Vanessa is sucked into deep dark internal problems from which she never emerges, her brother James has a great future in the banking business which would make his Great Uncle Sir George proud. It is Michele/Michael who was born in Tuscany ... who returns to his roots and helps reunite his parents in the magical place
where they first met and fell in love. In just over 300 pages the author majestically reveals twenty five years of the pleasure and pain of life experienced by these highly fascinating and complex people, whose lives come full circle in the magical land of Tuscany. Erika Borsos [pepper flower]

The Tuscan Trilogy, reviewed by Liana Metal
This book is an excellent piece of work. Set both in USA and Italy, is about the life story of Rosalina, the main character, who has a turbulent life. The plot unfolds in Tuscany in 1944 in the premises of Contessa San Germano. Rosalina is an Italian young girl who works for the Contessa. Robert, Contessas nephew, falls in love with Rosalina, but war separates them. What is going to happen to them? Rosalina is going to have Roberts son, but will she ever meet him again? Rosalinas story unfolds slowly revealing her triumphs and tragedies, her rise from poverty and despair to riches, her love life and her children.

Written in a sensitive way this story depicts the authors emotions and love for women. It is historically set in the years of the Second World War and the language is rich with vivid descriptions and Italian flavor (local colloquialism).

It is certainly a wonderful story that combines all the ingredients of a best seller: love and hate, the villain of the story, an old secret, adventure, mystery, romance-all the elements we can find in every day life. The characters are real life persons, and the dialogues are vivid. It reads well and easily thus it is highly entertaining as well as interesting as regards the historical events mentioned in the plot. It is gripping and can be read in one sitting.

The author refers to issues such as religion, Mafia activities, English aristocracy and poverty. The era he describes is adequately depicted. The end of the story leaves the reader satisfied, yet yearning to read the next book of the trilogy to learn what happens to some of the key characters mentioned in the book. Is the villain of the story going to win? What is going to happen to Rosalinas descendants? We have to wait till the next book comes out!

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