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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  60 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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Nilufer Ozmekik
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lo amo I’Italia!E un viaggio fantastico !

How can you resist charm of this amazing country? Swimming in Lake Como, sipping those tasty wines at Tuscany’s vineyards, taking a gondola tour at Venice, shopping at Milano, eating amazing margarita pizzas in Napoli, saluting Pope at Vatican, giving ridiculous poses in front of Tower of Pisa as if you’re holding it not to collapse, spending hours and feeding your soul with amazing paintings at Uffizi and of course taking a yacht tour at Capri while
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3.5 Stars

The Fontana family has had a curse on the second-born daughters for over 200 years. Always to remain spinsters, true love will never be in the cards for them. Emilia has sort of resigned herself to the fact that the curse is a real thing as she remains consistently unlucky in love. Her cousin Lucy takes a different approach – quickly falling for whoever she is dating at the time. When their estranged aunt Poppy calls offering
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
Kimberly Antill
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
There were two things that I liked about The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany: Rico and Poppy. I enjoyed their story and found myself wishing that the entire book had been only about them. Unfortunately, the flashback scenes were few and far between and I found myself putting the book down quite a bit.

For me, Emilia's story was the complete opposite of Poppy's. Where Poppy was exciting and interesting, Emilia was too plain Jane and boring to be believable. What was it about her that supposedly
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
Shelves: favorites
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!

Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. It's a beautiful, sad, inspiring, and emotional story that I truly enjoyed experiencing.
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!
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
The second-born daughters in Emilia's family are all cursed. None of them marry. Emilia has resigned herself to this date, living a full life, acting like a handmaiden to her sister and grandmother. But when her estranged aunt, her grandmother's sister, invites her and her cousin Lucy, another second-born daughter, to go with her to Italy for her 80th birthday, Emilia's life is about to change.

This was a lovely story about eschewing expectations and finding your own way. The wonderful
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is such a great story. Emilia is invited, along with her cousin Lucy, to take a trip to Italy with their Great Aunt Poppy. It is a love story and a journey of personal discovery for the girls. It's really well written. I hope it gets the attention it deserves.
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.
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
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.
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
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?
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
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.
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.

Galley borrowed from the
Mary Ware
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a perfect little read. Thank you, Lori!
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman (5 Stars)

Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

What a delightful book! We begin in Trespiano, Italy, with the premise of the book, a curse on the second-born sisters of the Fontana family. Many, many years ago, Filomena Fontana cast a curse on her beautiful younger sister, and all the second-born sisters of the family, to a life without love. 200 years later, none of the
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was a lucky winner of an ARC of The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman! I really enjoyed this book. It is the heartwarming story of the Fontana family who believes that in their family, the second born daughter is not destined to find lasting love. Then great-Aunt Poppy offers Emilia and her cousin Lucy a trip to Italy with a promise that she will break the curse on her eightieth birthday. For ten days in October, there are hints of romance, beautiful sights are visited, ...more
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!
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing! If there is one book that you read this year - this should be it.

This story was a great look at finding your true, inner-self and letting it shine, while breaking free of familial obligations. Two stories of second born daughters and a curse and how their connected. The curse is that second born daughters will never know/have love.

Emilia works in her family's bakery. She is kept in the back by her over-bearing, manipulative grandmother. Dressing dowdy, she embraces that
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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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