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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  238 ratings  ·  43 reviews
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
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley (first published September 26th 2018)
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    Yangsze Choo
    Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I sat down with an early ARC of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany on a lovely sunny afternoon and couldn't stop reading. Needless to say, dinner was late at our house... When Emilia and her cousin set off to break the curse of loveless second sisters under the guidance of her great-aunt, she discovers far more about her family than simple curses. Lori Nelson Spielman's deft and tender touch illuminates a glorious journey through Italy, and the heart. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is ...more
    Meredith Jaeger
    Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    With lush descriptions of Italy, poignant writing and intriguing family secrets, The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is as effervescent as an Aperol Spritz and written in Lori Nelson Spielman’s signature heartfelt style. Emilia’s journey of self-discovery transported me to Venice’s enchanting canals and the striking beauty of the Amalfi Coast, while Poppy’s story—set sixty years earlier—wove in the lasting impact of the Berlin Wall. I didn’t want to leave Nelson Spielman’s lovably flawed cast of ...more
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I hate to start a rave review with a negative but I kinda loathe the title and here's why: this book title conveys nothing of the depth of emotion, story, and change that occurs in this awesome novel. This title sounds frivolous and silly and this book is anything but that. This is, on one level, a sweet romance but it is also so, so much more. This book literally made me sob, I was so invested in the characters and their stories. There is some deep brilliant advice in here. Advice I had to stop ...more
    Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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    This is the perfect Spring vacation read!

    This a delightful story about family, myths, and love. It follows two incredible women, Poppy and Emilia, as they reflect on the past and push for a better future. In their family, second-born daughters are cursed from finding love. While all the ladies of the family pretend they don't believe it, the truth is that it's sort of become a self-fulfilling prophecy for them. Poppy is determined to break that though on her eightieth birthday when she must
    Samantha Bailey
    Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    From my blurb for this gorgeous book: “In The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, Lori Nelson Spielman has created a stunning, heartwarming, multi-generational story of family secrets and self-discovery, spanning the globe from New York to Italy. Emilia, Poppy, and Lucy’s deeply emotional, life-changing, and life-affirming journeys instantly captured my heart, broke it then put it back together. Spielman will make you believe everything you want to be is possible.” I received an advanced reader ...more
    Kaira Rouda
    Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    Simply wonderful! Fans of Adriana Trigiani will rejoice in this book. A stunning journey that celebrates family, life and love. Ciao Bella!

    Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Eine Einladung reißt Emilia aus ihrem tristen Alltag: Ihre Großtante Poppy möchte ihren 80. Geburtstag mit ihr in Italien verbringen.
    Aber Emilias Großmutter erlaubt das niemals und Emilia selbst traut sich nicht, sich dem Wort ihrer Nonna zu widersetzen und ihre gewohnte Umgebung zu verlassen. Dann beginnt sie aber plötzlich zu sehen, dass ihr Leben nicht von ihr bestimmt wird. Poppy sagt, alles sei möglich, aber davon muss Emilia sich erstmal selbst überzeugen ...


    Emilia ist ein
    Bonnie Perdue
    Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Just love this author. Can not wait for her newest book to arrive . It is another "5" for sure!
    Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    "Heute schon für morgen träumen" ist nach "Morgen kommt ein neuer Himmel" das zweite Buch, das ich von Lori Nelson Spielman lese. "Morgen kommt ein neuer Himmel" hatte mir zwar ganz gut gefallen, war aber leider kein Highlight für mich. Anders erging es mir bei "Heute schon für morgen träumen". Dieses Buch hat mich sehr berührt und erzählt eine ergreifende Geschichte, die zwar an mancher Stelle vorhersehbar war, aber dennoch mit jeder Seite unterhalten hat.

    Besonders gefallen hat mir, dass in dem
    Jen Petro-Roy
    Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I ADORED this.
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I LOVED this book! I am a huge Lori Nelson Spielman fan and this much anticipated novel did not disappoint. From the first page until the last, a story evolves that is vividly narrated and creatively written and kept me engaged until the very end. There are beautiful words of wisdom sprinkled throughout - with my favorite being; "Life is better measured in friendships, not years." A delightful read that - leaving me to want more.
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Ich mag die Bücher von Lori Nelson Spielman total, das wurde mir mit "Heute schon für morgen träumen" wieder mal bestätigt.

    Zwar ist die Geschichte an vielen Stellen vorhersehbar, aber das war nicht schlimm.
    Viel wichtiger war,dass es sich hier einfach um eine total ergreifende und tragische Geschichte handelt, die einen zutiefst berührt und die nachvollziehbar und nicht an den Haaren herbeigezogen wirkt.
    Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley/Penguin Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. I can unabashedly say it was charming.

    I loved the characters, the settings and the story. I love how the main plot line of the book was interspersed with a subplot line of the past that explained what happened that led up to the present time frame of the main storyline.

    Without reveaing any of the plot that would require a spoiler, a rift exists between Rosa (Nonna) and
    Ilene Harris
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany”. A truly beautiful Fairy Tale starts when Filomena cast the curse upon her sister more that two hundred years ago. Since then, not one second born daughter has found lasting love. Now it is present day and Great Aunt Poppy {Paulina} calls Emilla Fontana along with her cousin Lori, all second born sisters, to go along with her to Tuscany. There, Aunt Poppy will once again meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral on her eightieth ...more
    Jillian Doherty
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Moon Stuck meets Under the Tuscan Sun - Join the Fontana women as they travel across Italy to Venice, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast to challenge a family curse and discover who they really are.

    The perfect heartwarming and romantic getaway to escape February blues; sweet and charming trade original!

    Spielman explores the nuanced dynamics between sisters and how far our actions can reach as the secrets the Fontana women have guarded for generations are slowly revealed.

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    Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Oh boy; not sure what to read after finishing this as it definitely had me in a book hangover and whatever comes next will have big shoes to fill. What a beautifully written book. Hopes and dreams and family and forgiveness and throw in all the beautiful places in Italy; who could ask for more! I loved this book and the characters were nothing short of amazing! I laughed and cried. Oh boy did I cry! Highly recommend that you don’t miss this one. Thanks to Goodreads and the Publisher for winning ...more
    Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A sweet book about love, set in Tuscany. What more could I want on a beautiful fall day?
    Claire Barfell
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways and I am so glad I did. I absolutely loved it! Aunt Poppy takes her two nieces to Italy for her 80th birthday. She promises to break the curse that every second born daughter will never find love. Aunt Poppy gives them each such wise advice and reveals little by little her life story. The book just fascinated me and I truly got involved with the characters, this author has a true gift.
    Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Highly enjoyable read about family, curses, love, betrayal and almost every emotion in between.
    Faith 09
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A really nice story.
    Hazel McNellis
    May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

    Die völlig unsichere und von der eigenen Familie untergebutterte Emilia trifft in Amerika unerwartet auf ihre Großtante Poppy, die ihr ein überraschendes Angebot unterbreitet: Emilia soll die vermeintlich sicheren Gefilde ihrer Familie hinter sich lassen, um Poppy in die italienische Heimat zu begleiten, damit ihre Tante sich nach etlichen Jahren/Jahrzehnten endlich mit ihrer großen Liebe treffen kann. Nach und nach erkennt Emilia, dass viel mehr hinter dieser Reise steckt. Denn es heißt
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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    Ich habe es als Hörbuch gehört. Fand es teilweise sehr langatmig, die anderen Bücher dieser Autorin fand ich wesentlich besser! Die Geschichte mit dem Fluch auch so absolut unglaubwürdig. Die Handlungen Der Hauptpersonen teils nicht nachvollziehbar. Das Ende war dann wieder etwas spannender, deshalb 2 statt nur einem Stern!
    Mary Ware
    Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Absolutely a perfect little read. Thank you, Lori!
    Laras Bookworld
    Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Emilia hat mich sehr lange sehr genervt.. aber trotzdem nahm alles eine ganz tolle Wendung und Poppys Lebensweise und Art zu denken kann sich jeder mal zu Herzen nehmen!
    May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Es tut einfach nur gut.
    Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a great inter-generational story of a curse perpetrated on the second sister of an Italian-American family. The novel begins in NYC then moves to the Italian countryside around Florence down to the Amalfi Coast. I felt the pleasure of being back in Italy. My favorite character who showed such strength of character was Aunt Poppy.
    This dual story line is inspired by true events from mid-twentieth century.
    I look forward to reading more from Ms. Spielman.
    I received The Star-Crossed Sisters of
    Sawyer Bryson
    Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Really enjoyed so much about this book. I loved the travel aspect and the idea of finding the place you are meant to be, even if it’s not where you started out. It was entertaining to see the growth of the characters throughout the book, and the story provides for several different emotional responses (some aspects are heartbreaking). Will definitely be taking a lot of Poppy’s advise to heart. Great book overall!
    Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Received this book from Goodreads giveaway. A lovely well told story. Alternating points of view between Emilia present day and Poppy in the past. The past covers the story of Poppy and her sister Rosa. Emilia hears of this story from Poppy as they travel to Italy. Lots of secondary characters really pull this story together. Recommended
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc
    One of my all time favorite covers and just a beautiful book. Longer review to come.
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    Lori Nelson Spielman lives in East Lansing, Michigan, with her husband and a very spoiled cat. A former speech pathologist and guidance counselor, she currently works as a homebound teacher for inner-city students. Lori enjoys fitness running, traveling, and reading, though writing is her true passion. She spends her winters cursing the god-awful Michigan winters, and her summers sailing the ...more
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