The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman
publication: November 17th 2020 by Berkley
A trio of second-born daughters set out to break the family curse that says they’ll never find love on a whirlwind journey through the lush Italian countryside 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.
I love when a book tells the history of a family while also telling the present story of the same family. For me, it gives me insights as to why a family is the way they are while also letting me see the changes as generations grow up and things change. The Fontana family has a 200-year-old curse on the second daughters of each generation. They cannot fall in love. The current generation of 2nd daughters are determined to change that and find the love that they had been told they cannot have. I loved seeing Emilia and Lucy step out of the paths set for them and make their own paths that take them traveling far away with an outcasted aunt.
Poppy is amazing. She had been cast out by her family many years ago but never gave up having a relationship with her nieces. The trip to Italy with Lucy and Emilia was a dream trip for her and the reason behind her needing to go at this time was so wonderful. I love how she did not give up on family, life, or love. She took her love of life and pulled her nieces in and showed them that as second daughters they had the chance to live as they wished.
The descriptions of Italy brought the country to life. I could picture them arriving at the airport and riding the gondolas. The descriptions of the places they visited, the people they met, and the food they ate let me picture what the characters were seeing. Lori Nelson Spielman did an amazing job sharing the beautiful country of Italy with her readers.
I recommend picking up your own copy of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany. It is a book that you will not be able to put down.
**Thank you to Tara O’Connor at Berkley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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