Date Published: November 17, 2020
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.
My View: For a monthly challenge on my fav GR group, I had to read a book with ‘star’ in the title. I zeroed it down to three books and then chose this one because my friends voted for it. I mean, Tuscany!!!
A few pages in, I felt I was being set up for disappointment but all those 4-5 star reviews made me feel it would only get better from here on. Ummm… Before I begin with my rant, let me jot down the good things.
That first page, ah! It made me hungry. The two really good things about this book- Italy and the description of food. I was constantly googling recipes. Oops!
There were about three quotes in the book which I highlighted and shared. I liked those life lessons.
And therein end the good things about the book. Here begins the rant.
I HATED the plot. I didn’t like a single character and I was constantly verbally abusing the characters in my head. That’s supposed to be good, right? Feeling so strongly for the characters. Not really. Not when it feels like the book should have been written in 1950s or about the 1950s. It just didn’t belong in the present era.
My feminist self was screaming out loud. Why, you ask? Let me count the things.
- The MC and her sister drool at every guy that comes along. I mean really(?)
- They are livid because they won’t get married! Or there’s a ‘curse’ that tells them so. Are we in the 21st century or am I mistaken?
- Most characters are people everyone walks over.
- The moral of the story is they finally decide to stand up for themselves. Like finally!
- Bitchiness is counted as ‘oh poor thing, she was going through so much’. I can’t tolerate this!! So not okay with me!
I think I might have liked this if I was born in the 1920s and was reading this in 1950. It’s way too late for now. Like what were you thinking, girl(?)
This was going to be a 1 star but because of those three quotes and all that food, I will give it a 0.5 extra. There, I said it.
Have you read the book? What did you think of it?
1.5/5 stars – Between I didn’t like it and It was okay.
About the Author
Lori Nelson Spielman is a former speech pathologist, guidance counselor, and teacher of homebound students. She enjoys fitness running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her true passion. Her first novel, The Life List, has been published in over thirty countries and optioned by Fox 2000. Her second novel, Sweet Forgiveness, was also an international bestseller. Her third book, The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, releases November 17, 2020. She lives in Michigan with her husband and their very spoiled puppy