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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany (original 2020; edition 2020)

by Lori Nelson Spielman (Author)

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A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they'll never find love, by New York Times bestseller Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.   Since the day Filomena Fontana cast a curse upon her sister more than two hundred years ago, not one second-born Fontana daughter has found lasting love. Some, like second-born Emilia, the happily-single baker at her grandfather's Brooklyn deli, claim it's an odd coincidence. Others, like her sexy, desperate-for-love cousin Lucy, insist it's a true hex. But both are bewildered when their great-aunt calls with an astounding proposition: If they accompany her to her homeland of Italy, Aunt Poppy vows she'll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral on her eightieth birthday, and break the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.   Against the backdrop of wandering Venetian canals, rolling Tuscan fields, and enchanting Amalfi Coast villages, romance blooms, destinies are found, and family secrets are unearthed--secrets that could threaten the family far more than a centuries-old curse.… (more)
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Title:The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
Authors:Lori Nelson Spielman (Author)
Info:Berkley (2020), 400 pages
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This book was wonderful. Sad in parts, yes, but beautiful and the type of book that really touches your heart. ( )
  Anniik | Nov 26, 2022 |
I gave this audiobook an hour but it wasn't for me. No sorry I gave it up when I looked up how long it was - 13.5 hours. For that amount of time, it has to contribute big time to one's life!

I know a part of my reaction was the narrators' voices, who are listed as Carlotta Brentan and Kathleen Garrett. Not sure if it was the tone of the voices or the style of their reading. ( )
  Okies | May 19, 2022 |
Melodramatic. Improbably plot. Not very well written. Lovely descriptions of places in Italy. ( )
  BookBuddies | Jan 29, 2022 |
This book started out really strong for me, as I immediately fell in love with our main character's Great Aunt Poppy. She has tons of wise sayings that are also fun, lots of zest for life, and hands out lucky pennies as a blessing, or acknowledgement of sorts, to those she is drawn to or who she feels need a pick-me-up.

I also loved the Italian setting - in particular the first area that our main character Emilia, her cousin Lucy, and Aunt Poppy visit - Venice. The descriptions of the city of canals are so authentic- and real-feeling that you blink and almost feel you are there along side the trio of lovely ladies. The author clearly has spent time in Venice and brought it beautifully to life.

I did feel, however, that the story waned a bit as I reached the end. I won't spoil the story line for you, but I will say that while the requisite troubles and heartaches thrown the characters' way were the love-starved events that were appropriate or even expected; yet at the same time, to me at least, they fell a little flat. This is a beautiful story in a beautiful setting and I would love to read a further-edited version that adds a bit more of that special "wow factor" that was present early on.

Overall, a lovely offering I received through Once Upon a Book Club. To purchase The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, or other OUABC offerings, please hop over to BookShop.org - the online bookstore that contributes 75% of each book's profit margin back to indie bookstores. You can find a complete list of the Book Club's General Fiction reads at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
The Star -Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman is a 2020 Berkley publication.

Family secrets, curses, lost and found love, romance and good food!!

The second daughters of the Fontana family are believed to be cursed- doomed to live a life without love. Emilia and her cousin Lucy, both second daughters, are invited to visit Italy by their Aunt Poppy, who has been disassociated with family for years.

Going against her grandmother’s wishes, Emilia, a straight-laced girl who lives a quiet, unadventurous life, decides to accept the invitation, hoping her aunt's promise of breaking the family curse is true.

Once in Italy, the girls discover their aunt’s health is fragile and that she is intent on meeting up with her one true love after decades of separation. As Poppy regales the girls with stories from her past, Emilia and Lucy explore the Italian culture and discover the truth themselves, their own past, and how to live life with gusto!

I found myself caught up in Poppy’s historical story, and less engaged with Emilia’s. Lucy’s role was underdeveloped and seemed tacked on as an afterthought. That aside, I really enjoyed this gentle story about breaking away from the limitations and expectations that bog down the full experience of life and love.

The Italian backdrop adds a beautiful air of culture, history and romance that took the story to a higher level. It was almost like taking a virtual trip, whisking me away on a lovely romantic adventure!

3.5 stars ( )
  gpangel | Mar 11, 2021 |
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Many years ago, in Trespiano, Italy, Filomena Fontana, a plain, bitter girl whose younger sister was blessed with beauty, cursed all second-born Fontana daughters to a life without love.
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"To me, love is like a lending library. To keep it, we must continually renew it. Otherwise we pay a hefty fine."
"It's fascinating, isn't it, how, when someone tells us something about ourselves---good or bad---we try so desperately to prove them right."
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A trio of second-born daughters sets out on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside to break the family curse that says they'll never find love, by New York Times bestseller Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List.   Since the day Filomena Fontana cast a curse upon her sister more than two hundred years ago, not one second-born Fontana daughter has found lasting love. Some, like second-born Emilia, the happily-single baker at her grandfather's Brooklyn deli, claim it's an odd coincidence. Others, like her sexy, desperate-for-love cousin Lucy, insist it's a true hex. But both are bewildered when their great-aunt calls with an astounding proposition: If they accompany her to her homeland of Italy, Aunt Poppy vows she'll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral on her eightieth birthday, and break the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.   Against the backdrop of wandering Venetian canals, rolling Tuscan fields, and enchanting Amalfi Coast villages, romance blooms, destinies are found, and family secrets are unearthed--secrets that could threaten the family far more than a centuries-old curse.

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