Tuesday, November 17, 2020

The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany

It’s time to immerse yourself in a delightful novel filled with love, family drama, and just a touch of magic that will make you want to book a flight to Italy faster than you can say “Ciao, Bella!”

New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman takes readers on a whirlwind adventure across the Italian countryside that will make you laugh, cry and root for a cast of strong women out to change their own destinies—and find themselves in the process—in her glowing new novel, THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY (Berkley Trade Paperback).

Emilia Fontana lives a very ordinary life in her small Brooklyn apartment, surrounded by the family and friends she has always known, earning her keep at the Fontana family bakery—and that’s how she likes it. She is a second-born daughter—and the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse dictates that second daughters will never find long-lasting love or amount to much, anyway. So, Emilia is content to spend her days quietly, living out the only life she’s ever known.

Enter eccentric Aunt Poppy, the black sheep of the family. Emilia knows she’s not supposed to speak to the woman who betrayed her nonna many years ago, but when Poppy calls out of the blue and offers an all-expenses-paid trip to Italy for Emilia and her cousin, Lucy—the 20-something generation of Fontana second-born daughters—she can’t exactly turn down the opportunity of a lifetime.

It’s not long before Emilia and Lucy learn that the vivacious Aunt Poppy, who dresses in colorful scarves and lives life to the fullest, has ulterior motives for this trip. The real reason for their adventure: she’s determined to break the Fontana Second-Daughter Curse once and for all and live out the rest of her days with the man she fell in love with many years ago.

Overflowing with imagery of Venice, Tuscany, and the Amalfi coast, a bit of history, all-too-relatable and hilarious moments, and touching family tenderness, this book is a delight. Now is the time to dip in and allow Lori Nelson Spielman to take you along on this exciting journey – Buon Viaggio!

Meet the Author

Lori Nelson Spielman is a New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author whose novels have hit #1 in six different countries.

Formerly a homebound teacher in an inner-city school district, she holds master's degrees in speech pathology and guidance counseling.

She lives in Michigan with her husband.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Doesn’t this sound like a fascinating story and who doesn’t love a trip to Italy even if it is just in a book?


  1. I love stories set in Tuscany--one of my dream destinations! Sounds like a great read--sisters have their own special family dynamics.

  2. It sounds like a heap of fun - and a big hooray for breaking family curses. A big, big hooray for that.

  3. Tuscany is a beautiful area. One of my favorite songs is The Count of Tuscany.

  4. I just love the setting for this! And that's an interesting concept - the Second Daughter Curse. It sounds like a fun read, Mason - thanks for sharing.


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