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Over these past few days I was able to cross “The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany” off of my December reading list. Let me just say this book was an emotional trip for me. I laughed, I cried, I had to take a few breaks during reading just to contemplate over scenes, and there was a moment when I was ready to throw the book across the room if someone mentioned the “Fontana Second-Daughter Curse” one more time...
I started reading this book blindly the last week of November, and I had some very low hopes going into this novel. From the jacket I read about a family who has a generational belief in a curse that the second daughters of every family would not be able to find true love. Okay, this trope has been played quite a few times over the centuries, and I just figured that this was going to be a generic romance book in which a pair of sisters travel to Italy. With this knowledge, I figured the sisters would travel to Italy, the second born daughter would have trials and errors on finding love before finally realizing that love has always been about your family all along.
If you go into this book thinking any of the aforementioned, you’re going to be wrong and in probably the most pleasant way of all. Within the first chapter we are introduced to the members of the Fontana family living in New York City, and I will say that this family will have a dynamic shift by the end of the book. Yes, this dynamic shift will be due to Emilia Fontana and what she learns from her adventure in Italy with her aged but spry Aunt Poppy and her spunky cousin Luciana. This dynamic shift will be at the core essentially related to how Emilia finds herself, and about how the two other Fontana women find their selves as well.
Additionally I’d like to point out that I had originally pictured this to be about a sister’s journey to Italy to break the Fontana curse. I would say that during the first few chapters of the book I was mentally preparing myself for a story about Emilia and her sister Daria. I’m happy with the author’s choice in not using this choice across the board, because it’s what I had been expecting within the first few chapters. Plus, I just really enjoy Poppy and Luci as characters. Poppy is such a sweetheart and Luci is my lovely smartass.
Overall, I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars,
Anytime a book makes me cry and smile is going to get my blessing. This book was very honest, and I am happy to have read it through to the last page. I am happy with the characters and how they progressed by the end of the story. I am satisfied with how the story ended, and I’m sure Emilia will hold a special place in her heart for Poppy for as long as she lives.
That’s my review for this week guys. I wanted to keep it short and simple. I hope to be able to post at least a few more times before the end of the holidays, but if we don’t communicate until after New Years: I wish you a safe and happy holiday, whether your holidays have just passed or haven’t happened yet. Please cherish the ones that you love, and I look forward to seeing everybody in the New Year!