Teaser Tuesdays – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

Posted June 25, 2013 by Melissa in Teaser Tuesdays | 13 Comments

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Book

Title: The Light in the Ruins

Author: Chris Bohjalian
Pages: 320

Age Group:  Adult

Genre: Historical Fiction

Publisher: Doubleday/Random House
ISBN: 978-0385534819
Publication Date: July 9th 2013
Available Formats: Hardcover, E-Book, Audio

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Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge—set in war-ravaged Tuscany.


1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis’ bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what was once their sanctuary becomes their prison.



1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case—a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood—Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.


Set against an exquisitely rendered Italian countryside, The Light in the Ruins unveils a breathtaking story of moral paradox, human frailty, and the mysterious ways of the heart.

My Teaser

“And so Cristina submerged her ears beneath the water and the world grew a little quieter; her hair fanned out atop the plane and she ran her fingers through it and was reminded of a goddess in a Renaissance painting.  Her mind wandered far from the villa and the ruins and her unshakeable sense that her world was about to change.”


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13 responses to “Teaser Tuesdays – The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

  1. Caro

    What a calm little bubble… Sometimes you need that. Good teaser choice, thanks for sharing with us.
    My TT, and there’s a giveaway running on my blog to check out

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