Publisher: Berkley / Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: November 17, 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction / Romance / Contemporary
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.
Song/s the book brought to mind: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.
There have not been any books lately that have made me want to take a trip as badly as The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman. Oh, the sights you will see through the eyes of the characters in this book, and since it’s all places I haven’t been yet, I want to go EVERYWHERE now! I loved the way the author brought the landscapes and the characters to life, and there really isn’t anything not to love about this book and the story. In fact, just thinking about the story now is bringing tears to my eyes and I would highly recommend keeping some tissues handy! The curse was a fun aspect of the plot, and I was wondering the whole time if it was in fact real based on things that happen.
The food and setting were amazing, but also the CHARACTERS. I fell in love with so many of them and Spielman made them so dimensional and real it’s like I was along for the ride with them. This is a laugh-out-loud funny novel on top of all of that, and there were so many things that made me burst out laughing. However, there are also tough subjects that will make your heart swell and wish you could be there for them. The romance between Poppy and Rico made my heart so happy, and the pull between these characters throughout the whole book had me aching for them. There are some surprises along the way, and I loved the viewpoint changes as well as the mix of past and present chapters. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany was a real treat to read, and I can’t believe this is my first time reading Spielman. The audio was also spectacular and narrated by Carlotta Brentan and Kathleen Garrett with a note read by the author. HIGHLY recommend!!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.