For years, guests of the Tuscany Hotel could leave their pasts behind and live among fellow artists. Now guests of a different sort fill the rooms, searching for their memories—no matter the cost.
Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who left their worries behind so that they could create their latest masterpieces. Surrounded by lore, the hotel was rumored to free the mind and inspire artists’ gifts. But tragic circumstances force Robert and his family to move.
After thirteen months at war, Vittorio Gandy is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. Once a gifted painter, now he can’t bear the vivid, bleeding colors on a canvas. His young son doesn’t remember him, and his wife, Valerie, is scared of him. But the most disconcerting change is in Vitto’s father, Robert Gandy, who has fallen from being a larger-than-life sculptor to a man whose mind has been taken by Alzheimer’s.
When Robert steals away in the night, Valerie, Vitto, and his new acquaintance and fellow veteran John go to the only place Robert might remember—the now-abandoned Tuscany Hotel. When they find him there, Robert’s mind is sound and his memories are intact.
Before long, word gets out that drinking from the fountain at the hotel can restore the memories of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The rooms once again fill up with guests—not artists this time, but people seeking control over their memories and lives. Vitto desperately wants to clear his own mind, but as he learns more about his mother’s life and her tragic death, he begins to wonder whether drinking the water comes at a price.
A story of father and son, memories lost and found, artists and their muses, Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel explores the mysteries of the mind, the truth behind lore, and the miracle of inspiration.
Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert starts readers with an intriguing mind of where it will land them. The beginning peaked my interest. I kept on reading. The characters created this world of loss, grief, and one of hope. A family is haunted a bit by their memories and some by lack of memories. Pieces are brought back to them. Fate it seems has given them a new journey. One that may give them more or less hope. The pages are filled with drama. Like a broadway play, readers will not know what to expect one from one page to another. I felt a bit of sympathy for the son whose father is suffering. Alzheimer’s disease is sad indeed. It doesn’t just affect the person but those who love him or her. When the son finds his father has gone and finds him at the abandoned Tuscany Hotel, things quickly change for them all. The beginning had a sense of mystery that made it fly by. Next, the middle slowed the pacing of the story. Last, the ending picked back up, but it was an emotional tug of feelings. Deep, sad, and beautiful.