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P.O. Box Love: A Novel of Letters

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A charming epistolary novel that chronicles the love story between Emma and Frederico, former high school sweethearts who meet again thirty years later.

At Dreams & Desires, 50-year-old Emma's quaint bookshop in Milan dedicated to romantic fiction, the passionate bookseller serves coffee and tea to her customers and completes order slips in pen rather than using a compu
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ebook, 368 pages
Published January 31st 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lucie Lacoste
Emma, milanaise de 50 ans et mère célibataire, ouvre une librairie à Milan suite à un héritage. Un jour Federico son amour de lycée vient par hasard dans sa boutique et dépose son numéro de téléphone dans un livre. Elle le trouve, l'appelle, ils se voient. Ce dernier habite à New-York. Après son week-end en Italie il rentre chez lui non sans avoir auparavant déposé une lettre à Emma. Il lui propose une correspondance. Elle déteste les portables et les ordinateurs et ouvre avec joie une boite pos ...more
Dhimitra
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liber i adhurueshem. ♥♥♥♥
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P.O. Box Love was an interesting read. Even after two day I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure what I expected after reading the blurb we got from the author. It sounded interesting, and the story was. I just never fell in love with it. It needed more emotion.

P.O. Box Love is written as love letters and a story. Meaning part of the time you’re reading love letters between two characters and the other time you’re reading the story from the main fe
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★Loredana★
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diceva Holden Caulfield, nel celeberrimo romanzo di Salinger, "quelli che mi lasciano proprio senza fiato sono i libri che quando li hai finiti di leggere vorresti che l'autore fosse un tuo amico per la pelle e poterlo chiamare al telefono tutte le volte che ti gira."
Ecco, questo libro è per me un esempio che calza a pennello con questa citazione... e la protagonista di questo romanzo, l'adorabile signora Emma, sembra uscita da un romanzo d'appendice d'altri tempi, sembra fuori contesto ai giorn
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Alta
I only read this book because someone gave it to me--but I should say that it is better than the title makes it sound. By the way, the English title was given by the American publisher--the original title is less cheesy: "Noi due come un romanzo." Initially, I hated it because it seemed like a formulaic story: middle-age woman has a crisis and opens a bookstore, then meets former high-school boyfriend (now married) and begins an epistolary romance (he's in NYC, she's in Milan) while attending to ...more
Lora Mays
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Calvetti has crafted a magical tale about the promise of love — and how true love can be sparked with a little attention and patience. Through her whimsical writing style, you can feel Calvetti’s passion for literary masterpieces and Emma is perhaps the most knowledgeable bookstore owner ever when it comes to romance novels. It is a story that will take you away to a romance story of yesteryear, of one that is simplified through classic letter-writing techniques rather than the hustle and bustle ...more
Ana
Feb 19, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished-books
After reading a few other reviews, this book is getting shelved. The writing is oddly florid in a "did not translate well" sort-of way. Add to that a somewhat tepid affair between former high school sweethearts, one who is STILL married, and you have a formula for distasteful of the highest level.

Despite the title, resist the urge, oh ye romantics and letter-writers. This book is not for you.
61pat
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
mia figlia ha letto il libro per prima e mi ha detto:"ti piacerà" Mi conosce bene e sa che gli ingredienti giusti ci sono tutti: i libri, una storia d'amore e un finale .. come piace a me!
Sheila Chew
The best thing about this book is that the main character opened a bookstore in Italy. I did not like the characters very much and I didn't like the ending at all.
Julianna
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Literary or Epistolary Love Stories
Reviewed for THC Reviews
I agreed to review P. O. Box Love because it was billed as a romance and the theme of reunited loves is a favorite of mine. It definitely is a love story, however, I will caution my fellow romance readers that this is a literary romance rather than a genre romance. When I first started reading the book and realized this, I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, but in the end was very pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it was. P. O. Box Love is the story of two
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Orma
Oct 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ma che carino... Magari poi, a mente fredda, ragioni sul fatto che è un po' lungo e lento. Magari anche sul fatto che non è umanamente possibile che a 'sta qui vada tutto bene (lavorativamente parlando!)... ma è tanto carino che viene perdonato d'ufficio.
Teresa Crumpton
P.O. Box Love was an interesting read. Even after two day I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m not sure what I expected after reading the blurb we got from the author. It sounded interesting, and the story was. I just never fell in love with it. It needed more emotion.

P.O. Box Love is written as love letters and a story. Meaning part of the time you’re reading love letters between two characters and the other time you’re reading the story from the main female’s POV. The main characters are Emma
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Ann
Nov 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When is the last time you wrote a letter. I mean a real snail mail letter? These days with email, instant messaging, and social networking why would someone pick up a pen and paper? It is a dying art. Paola Calvetti takes us this very scenario in her fifth novel, P.O. Box love. Set in Milan Italy the protagonist, Emma, opens an old fashion bookstore. The inventory is kept in a ledger along with the financial books. The store, Dreams & Desires, doesn’t even have a website. Emma has filled the ...more
Cynthia Archer
Oct 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book! There are some books that I rush through and can't wait to finish to find out what happens. This was not one of those. Much like a glass of wine or a luscious slice of cheesecake, I enjoyed savoring this story. I purposely put it down at times to be able to appreciate some of the thoughts and experiences. I did want to know the ending, but I didn't want the book to end. I loved the setting, the characters and the reality of the story. Maybe because I am Emma's age, or perhaps ...more
Alice
Nov 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
un'idea molto originale, la libreria dedicata agli amori. sarebbe quasi da fare davvero...

un libro dai personaggi minori indimenticabili, mentre la vicenda amorosa non è nemmeno la prima protagonista (e, sinceramente, neanche un gran che, un po' scontata). E' il trionfo dell'amore per i libri, del recupero dei tempi lenti, dei rapporti umani, delle chiacchiere tra vicini, del piacere di prendere un tè insieme.

qualche idea infelice (un negozio piccolo che fa libreria, bar, fioraio? e poi un albe
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Whatsername
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ritrovare l'amore a cinquant'anni è come scoprirsi di nuovo adolescenti...Tutto gira intorno al passato, e al presente ma non si pensa mai al futuro, ad una conseguenza di un azione.
Si vive e basta!
Emma se lo chiede a volte che cosa fare del futuro e anche Federico, ma subito ricoprono questo pensiero continuando a vivere solo per quel 10 aprile...Brava Paola!
Sono curiosa di leggere altri suoi libri!
Ricki
Oct 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paola Calvetti (English translation by Anne Milano Appel) has woven a wonderful tale about the promise of love, and how true love can be sparked with patience and a little attention. You can feel the author's passion for writing! It is a story that will take you back in time to a romance story of time gone by, one of hand written missives vs. the elctronic emails and text messages of this modern world.
Paola Calvetti
Aug 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I've written it and I love it...
Anni
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to have a bookshop like this! Loved that the most. Apart from that, I don't get how the lovestory starts and ends, the characters are not that real, but all in all an okay read.
Twogirlsandbooks
L'amour est à la lettre A, un titre qui m'a tout de suite attirée. Je m'attendais à une grande et belle histoire d'amour mais, j'ai vite déchanté. Dans ce livre nous suivons Emma, une quinquagénaire qui vit à Milan. Un jour, elle retrouve son amour de lycée, Federico qui vit désormais à New York. S'ensuit un échange de lettres entre les deux âmes-sœurs.

Vous l'aurez compris, ici nous avons le droit à un roman épistolaire. J'adore ce genre mais là, j'ai eu beaucoup de mal. Tout d'abord, j'ai mis
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Inge Hulsker
Een aardig verhaal, maar wat een schrijfstijl. Het verhaal is veeeeel te lang uitgerekt. Zo'n dik boek was echt niet nodig om dit verhaal te vertellen. Bij de brieven die de twee hoofdpersonen elkaar schrijven viel ik regelmatig in slaap.
De setting in Emma's eigen boekwinkel is leuk, de personages die ze daar om zich heen heeft (Alice, zoon Mattia, de boekhouder) zijn ook aardig. De relatie met een oude schoolliefde is een goed uitgangspunt. Maar het feit dat hij op lange afstand woont, wordt a
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Chelsea Downey
I fell in love with this book. We had an awkward courtship, short meetings punctuated by the confusion of learning. Then we took a trip together, and the romance took heat.

I traveled to Milan, Paris, New York and Brittany. I wept, was shocked and loved.

This book is raw and poignant and deserves to be read—but be warned, the bookshop is only in your heart, not in stone.
Sandi
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF. 100+ pages in and still had no idea where this was heading.
Orsela
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long. The story has some good elements and references but still, it's so cliche.
Alexandra
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O poveste de iubire matura, presarata cu titluri de carti mii si mii. O librareasa si un arhitect. Loved it.
Gwendoline Wienen
Dec 28, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Opgegeven na 100 pagina's. Mijn ding niet.
Sandra Gallegos
Dec 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Me ha aburrido mucho el estilo narrativo de este libro, así como la protagonista y su historia. Ella es una mujer que tiene ya la vida hecha y que se reencuentra con su amor de juventud, quien, a su vez, tiene también ya la vida organizada. Los dos se vuelven a ver después de treinta años y, debido a que viven lejos el uno del otro, deciden comunicarse por carta y contarse sus respectivas vidas: amores, hijos, sueños, trabajo...

El problema, para mí, ha sido la manera de narrar de la autora. Muy
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Sabine
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-read
Eins vorweg – mich konnte dieses Buch leider nicht überzeugen, vielleicht aber auch weil meine Erwartungen einfach zu hoch waren. Viel hat es aber auch mit dem Schreibstil zu tun, der mich gar nicht angesprochen hat. Er ist sehr blumig, für mich auch umständlich und irgendwie kommt die Autorin nicht auf den Punkt. Alles wird sehr genau beschrieben und berichtet, dadurch konnte ich mir zwar alles genau vorstellen, aber dadurch wurden viele Abschnitte einfach langatmig und langweilig.
Die Idee der
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Andres Andres
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
P.O Box Love: A Novel of Letters is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. It’s been a while since I read this book, but I still think it’s awesome. It is about books, about love, about people and words.

Emma is a librarian. At the age of 50 she opens a bookstore, but not just any kind of bookstore. Sogni & Besogni sells only love books. Her love for books is transformed into a library of love that gathers around itself hearts, souls in search of beauty, fulfillment and hope. The lib
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Loretta Milan
I flew to Milan, one of my favourite cities, recently and enjoyed the companionship of P.O Box Love by Paola Calvetti during breaks between activities such as trying to work out what the ‘Swallows Nest’ art installation at the Sforza Castle was about and taking in the subtext of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

P.O Box Love, an Italian romance set in Milan and translated into English, is about a passionate bookseller called Emma Valentini whose life is an antidote to the pace of our present Centu
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Paola Calvetti was born in Milan, Italy. She was educated at Liceo Linguistico A. Manzoni (Languages School) and graduated in DAMS (Drama, Art and Music Studies) at Bologna’s University.

After leaving school she wrote her first book Lo spazio fantastico (Emme Edizioni) dedicated to dance and mime for children.Calvetti is married. She has two children, a boy and a girl.
After graduation, she started
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“P.O. Box Love is a wonderfully engrossing and romantic novel that takes the reader from Milan to New York and back again through the letters Federico and Emma mail to each other. Paola Calvetti’s book will captivate your mind and steal your heart.”

Isabella Rossellini”
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“Paola Calvetti takes readers on a delicious trip through Italy, books, letters and love, reminding us all of the joys of a completely compelling read."
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