MIDNIGHT AT THE TUSCANY HOTEL by James Markert & Giveaway


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In MIDNIGHT at the TUSCANY HOTEL (ThomasMercer), a once-beloved hotel and the fountain can restore lost memories. But is it a miracle, or are there strings attached? 

The Tuscany Hotel was once a haven for young artists. A place full of inspiration and a work of art in and of itself, the hotel was built by Robert Gandy for his wife, Magdalena: a woman of beauty beyond description who was orphaned as an infant in Florence and grew up without the ability to remember. A tragedy caused the hotel to close its doors, however, and it has been years since the fountain in the courtyard ran with water and inspiration.

Vitto Gandy, Robert’s son, returns from the horrors of World War II to a wife who fears him, a son who is too young to remember him, and a father whose memory of him is fading. As Vitto faces the memories that torture his heart and mind, his father runs off in the night to seek solace in the last place he was happy: the Tuscany Hotel. Instead of finding ruins, he discovers that the water in the fountain has begun to run again. And as he drinks it, his memory returns.

Filled with Alzheimer’s patients hoping for restored memories rather than artists longing for inspiration, the hotel is once again a source of life and art. But nothing is truly as good as it seems, and the mysterious gift of the hotel comes with a price that each must determine they’re willing to pay. Bursting with beauty, art, and inspiration, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel is a story of parent and child, husband and wife, and the joy and pain of what it means to be alive.

I couldn’t help but be reminded of the films, THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL and Wes Craven’s, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL while reading MIDNIGHT AT THE TUSCANY HOTEL. That’s not to say the stories are terribly similar, but I felt some sort of common surrealism, while reading. I suggest a couple of mimosas to enjoy while reading this one.

Purchase Links

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About James Markert

James Markert lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a history degree from the University of Louisville and won an IPPY Award for The Requiem Rose, which was later published as A White Wind Blew, a story of redemption in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium, where a faith-tested doctor uses music therapy to heal the patients. The Angels’ Share is his second novel, and he is currently working on his next historical, All Things Bright and Strange. James is also a USPTA tennis pro, and has coached dozens of kids who’ve gone on to play college tennis in top conferences like the BIG 10, the Big East, and the ACC.

Connect with James

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Thanks to TLC Book Tours, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us if you’ve ever been to Tuscany and what you remember about your trip. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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34 thoughts on “MIDNIGHT AT THE TUSCANY HOTEL by James Markert & Giveaway

  1. I’ve never been to Tuscany. I’ve read several reviews of this book, and added it to my TBR list, so, would love to win a copy. Thanks!

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  2. This novel sounds captivating and special. I have been to Tuscany and the lovely towns are very special. Historic, captivating and memorable. Scenic and fascinating area.

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  3. I have never been to Tuscany. This book is on my TBR list. I read A White Wind Blue and loved it. I met the author when our library book group read the book. Can’t wait for this one. I would love to win.

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  4. This sounds so good! I went to Florence back in the late 80s with a girlfriend. Only spent a couple of days there so I feel I need to go back. I loved it there and would love to see more of Tuscany!

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  5. I definitely have never been to Tuscany (I’ve never left the country, except for a one hour trip into Canada), but some day I’d like to go overseas. I really think I’m going to enjoy this book, I suggested it for a local book club so we’ll see if they take me up on it! Thanks for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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  6. This book sounds wonderful! …Several years ago I was fortunate enough to have a rote cubicle job that I ~loathed,~ but allowed me to pick up several overtime hours (+ a bilingual pay differential!). I toiled away like an unhappy dog, and then… flew off to what was initially supposed to be a seven-week trip to Benelux, but ended up being a bit closer to four months. (“Hello, Chad? I need a few more weeks off. I’m in Nice. Yes; Nice, France. Okaybye!”)

    …Anyway, yes, Tuscany:
    Plus: I was driving a rental car while in that area.
    Major plus: For the love of love, I was in that area!
    Con 1: I didn’t exactly have control of where I was going, at that time. Very, very, very long story.
    Con 2: My memory is achingly terrible, and I can’t exactly recall. Plus, this was several years ago.

    ~Essentially~: We (I had a… passenger) drove squiggledly around the area. While it hurts so much to say (in part because I don’t think I’ll ever be able to travel again), I never saw that part of Italy. Interestingly, but not in a “neat!” sort of way, the same sort of thing with Provence and the lavender fields of France. It breaks my heart.

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  7. I have never been to Tuscany but would love to travel there and explore my own heritage. A book exploration is the next best thing and an opportunity to learn more. I was also captivated by the mention of Alzheimer’s patients, as I recently lost my dad to the disease. A psychology theme within is an added bonus!

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