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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany | Lori Nelson Spielman
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.
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Angelwendymama
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I loved this book! It's sweet and lovely. It takes you on a vacation through Italy and had a family curse mystery to solve and a love story or two. Highly recommend!!

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Danay
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21 #59 I loved this book. An unexpected pleasure!

LoverOfLearning Ugh loved this one too! Poppy is such an excellent character. 3mo
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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

Super behind on reviews.

I‘m not sure if I actually liked this book. The cousins really annoyed me in the beginning. They were so ungrateful for a free trip to Italy. That rubbed me the wrong way. I don‘t know if I didn‘t understand because I‘m not super close to my family, but I would go to Italy and not stress about pissing off my grandma. Like, it‘s a vacation. Poppy‘s story was heartbreaking and not sure how she remained so positive.

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Cathyloves2read
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This was definitely a cute story. It was a bit romantic, a bit mysterious and a bit suspenseful. I think my favorite parts were where the various cities and towns of Italy were described in detail. Visiting Italy is on my bucket list. There was a bit of a twist at the end that I didn‘t see coming.

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When I saw this was a #botm book a few months ago I thought eh, I don‘t want it. I was looking through Libby and decided to pick it up as an audiobook and I fell in love with this book. It was so beautiful. I didn‘t want the story to end. It was heartbreaking with self-discovery and just great. I totally recommend this book.

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LazyLibrary
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Light and enjoyable read. This was a sweet story, sprinkled with magical words of wisdom and love. I adored watching Emilia come out of her shell and become the true wild woman that all of us ladies have inside! Poppy‘s love story is beautiful! I could have read a book that featured her story alone. I recommend! Great read for summer! #botm

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Loreen
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It‘s a good vacation read. Light and frothy. 🤷‍♀️ #beachread #coverlove #botm #mttbr

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GinaKButler
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In between tournament games. ⚾️
#bookspinbingo

DivineDiana This sounds like a fun read! 6mo
GinaKButler @DivineDiana This book was exactly what I needed!! 🥰 6mo
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marleed
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Did you ever judge a book by its title, read the book, and realize the title was spot on? That‘s what happened here - just a fun read!

GinaKButler Just started this one! 6mo
DivineDiana Pretty photo! Sounds like just the type of escape read I like! 6mo
marleed @GinaKButler I hope it added to a great day for you. @DivineDiana Thank you! And it is. It‘s so fun to fall into a book! 6mo
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SilversReviews
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THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY is a heartfelt, extraordinary read that makes you realize it‘s never too late to follow your dreams.

It is about family and living your life to the fullest and loving like there‘s no tomorrow.

And...if you like secrets, there is a huge family one that gets uncovered. 5/5

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/ymy7kzhn

LOVED THIS BOOK!!

@lorinelsonspielman

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Brewychock48
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Omg,this is a beautiful story. I absolutely love it. Lots of feelings in this book. It is well written. The description of Venice is so beautiful. I am not finished with this book yet. It just might be my book of the year read .

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MadDashReading
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Mehso-so

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This was a fun, sweet story spanning multiple generations in the Fontana family across both Italy and America. Some of the plot points and the characterization was a little beyond the point of believability, but as a rom-com style novel it worked. The descriptions across Italy were beautiful. 🇮🇹

LoverOfLearning I really enjoyed this one! I was desperate for a light-hearted and summer time feel read! This one gave me everything I was looking for. 8mo
LoverOfLearning Also your goodreads link doesn't seem to be working. 😭 8mo
MadDashReading @LoverOfLearning oh no! I'll have to check on the issue with Goodreads. Thanks for letting me know! I agree. This book had just the right amount of lightness to it. ❤ 7mo
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Traci1
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Oh my goodness, this book. I'm not a big romance reader. And this isn't exactly a romance. There's a love story or two, but it's a lot more. It's just so, so good.

This was one of my first #botm books, and it's definitely my favorite of all the ones (12) I've read so far.

LoverOfLearning Yesss! Loved it 8mo
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Lovesbooks87
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My #ecbc book made it way back to me. I can‘t wait to read what everyone thought of it. Erika it may take me a couple of weeks before I am able to read your book and mail it back to you. I go in for my second COVID shot on Friday and don‘t know how I will be feeling for the next couple of days after that. But I will let you know when I send it out!

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Booknerd2
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Amazing book! Took me 2 days! 💜💜💜

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Bakingbookworm
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5 ⭐️ I ❤️ this book! Filled w/ lush descriptions of Italy's scenery, culture & food, this book took me back to my own trip to Italy 14 years ago. It is a story about family, forgiveness, long-held secrets & a beautiful story of self-discovery.

Lots of poignant issues are addressed with sensitivity & I simply adored some of the bonds between the characters. This is a book you won't want to put down.

Review: http://bit.ly/StarCrossedSisofTuscany

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LoverOfLearning
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4.5 / 5) stars!

I had a love hate relationship with these characters. Aunt Poppy is so so beautiful. She is full of love, strength, and everlasting hope. I want to know her in real life ❤😭

Emilia... wheww drove me nuts at first! But I came to love her at the end. The storyline of her character was wow! So much depth and growth there!

Such a heartbreaking yet heartfelt story with a satisfying ending everything we want in a romance ❤

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LoverOfLearning
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"In the end, life is a simple equation. Each time you love - be it a man or a child, a cat or a horse - you add color to this world. When you fail to love, you erase color. Love in any of its forms is what takes this journey from a bleak black and white pencil sketch to a magnificent oil painting" - Aunt Poppy

❤? man I love the quotes in this book. So beautiful and important.

ICantImReading I love Aunt Poppy!! 🙌🏼😭 9mo
LoverOfLearning @ICantImReading me toooo 😭❤ I finished the book today. But I'm just trying to get my thoughts in order to review it. I cried so much near the end of this book. Geez my heart. 9mo
ICantImReading It made me cry, too! 😭 Ahh what a beautiful, wonderful, special book!! ✨🌷❤️ 🇮🇹 9mo
LoverOfLearning @ICantImReading ❤🌹❤🌹 9mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Who else is crazy but refusing to waste a beautiful day 😂😂😂

DGRachel I have been known to sit on my deck in a parka and blanket in near freezing temperatures just to soak up some sunshine! 9mo
LoverOfLearning @DGRachel yesss! Ugh sunshine is good for the soul 9mo
Laughterhp I‘ve done that before, maybe not a cold as 48, but sometimes you just need to soak up the sun! 9mo
LoverOfLearning @Laughterhp yeah I lasted an hour before my face got a bit to chilly! Ha but yes sunlight is so important 9mo
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LoverOfLearning
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"Love. Forgive. Love again. Forgive again. That, my dear girl, is the circle of love." - Aunt Poppy

This picture perfectly symbolizes Aunt Poppy ?I love her character.

ju.ca.no Beautiful! 9mo
LoverOfLearning @ju.ca.no I agree! 9mo
Desha Love that painting! ♥️ I‘m about to read this book and now I‘m excited about it! ☺️ 4mo
LoverOfLearning @Desha oh it's so good to read during the summer! You'll love it! Enjoy! 4mo
Desha Thank you! 📚📚📚♥️ 4mo
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LoverOfLearning
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"You, my dears are still in the production stage of your movie. Make it riveting! Make every scene sizzle! When it comes time to watch the movie of your life, may tears run down your face, may you scream with laughter and cringe with embarrassment. But for goodness sake, don't let your life story be one that's so dull you fall asleep during the viewing." - Aunt Poppy.

Okay, I love this line! A reminder we all need from time to time. ❤

marleed That‘s great! 9mo
Nute I like everything about this post! 9mo
LoverOfLearning @marleed @Nute Excellent quote I agree. I would love to go to Tuscany and see the gorgeous land for myself! 9mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Finally catching up on my #onceuponabookclub boxes! This is the New Years Box! I will be all caught up after this! #booknerdproblems

DinoMom Do you like this subscription. I have been trying to decide which book subscription to buy next. 9mo
BarkingMadRun @DinoMom I love it so much I became an ambassador! If you decide to try it out, use BARKINGMADRUN10 for 10% at checkout! The books are always amazing and the gifts are on point! 9mo
DinoMom @BarkingMadRun awesome! 9mo
Blh87 @DinoMom I‘ve gotten a couple of them, and they are so fun!! I recommend! 9mo
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LoverOfLearning
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Going to start this beautiful looking novel! I need something a bit more on the light-hearted side.

Who's read it??

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Kangaj1
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No bingos for me this month - it was a weird one with my car accident early on. I completed only 5 books in February, and I highly doubt I will finish any of the others this weekend. #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Still great progress!! Sometimes life gets a little squiggly! 9mo
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Copwithabook
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I adore this novel! It was well crafted and brought setting to life. In the end I closed the book and the title took on new meaning (isn‘t that always fun). I can‘t wait to pass this one along to other readers in my life. Also, I‘m clearly writing this too soon after reading because my mind is still jumbled up with my emotional adoration for this story!

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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

This book felt a bit long and predictable, but still had a warm happy ending.

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Rissa1
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I have given up on getting anything done on this snow day. This blanket, this book, and I will be together for the rest of the day. #KidsAndHouseworkDoNotGoTogether

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Rissa1
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She couldn't figure out how to sit on my lap so she sat on my book. This isn't working for me. #Alabamaslife #catsoflitsy

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Rissa1
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My daughter took this pic of me, #Alabamaslife #KindredaCat. This blanket is amazing. My youngest sister gave it to me as a Christmas gift, and it is perfect for reading. My arms are covered and my hands are out holding my book. #bookishgift #catsoflitsy

Rissa1 And I just found 2 buttons!! I cannot explain how much I love this cape blanket. 10mo
Karisa Like a winter queen! Love it! 10mo
Rissa1 @Karisa I like Winter Queen, my husband said I look like a cute abominable snowman. 10mo
Reggie Awwww I like this pic and agree with the Winter Queen description. 10mo
Rissa1 @Reggie thanks! 10mo
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Becktannica
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It's 1:30 am, I just finished this book. I am not disappointed. It has such a good balance of character growth, twists, and overall amazing storytelling.

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BooksNBowls
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An enchanting story about 3 generations of cursed 2nd daughters who travel to Italy on a life changing journey. Told from the past and present, which I loved! I could feel myself just getting lost in Italy and the culture. It‘s beautiful!

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SerenaCrawford
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Great book!

Bakingbookworm This was an awesome read. I was sad to see it end. #❤️Poppy 9mo
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samanthagutt
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LOVED it! I think a story filled with romance and family secrets was the exact type of book I needed right now ❤️ great pick @Lovesbooks87 ! #ECBC #EastCoastBookClub

Lovesbooks87 Yay! So glad you enjoyed it! 11mo
EH2018 It was sooooo good! And unexpected 11mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 2 of 150 for 2021. This book was amazing! #ouabc #bookclubvip

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Mshookquilts
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Every time I tried to put this book down it would call to me. A tale of 2 sets of sisters 2 generations apart and real true love and what superstition can do to you. An excellent read. Thank you @FeatherV for putting this in my path. @TiaQueso this may not be your genre, but I think you‘d like it.

FeatherV Yeeee I‘m so glad you liked it! I want to read it over and over haha 11mo
Mshookquilts @FeatherV yes, it‘s definitely that kind of book! 11mo
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Copwithabook
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This is how I am blissfully spending my New Year‘s Eve. Thank the gods for being comfortable in my 30s and not being in a too tight outfit, drinking beer I don‘t even like while being around more strangers than friends in a bar or party. I‘m also thankful that this last year saw me promoted to detective so that I could be home in bed with my husband and not on the streets tonight.

Chelsea.Poole Looks like a great evening! 11mo
Bookwormjillk Congratulations on your promotion! 11mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Hurray! My New Years Eve @onceuponabookclubbox arrived!

I won‘t start this book until tomorrow but am looking forward to the party favors tonight! Happy New Year Eve‘s to you!

SerenaCrawford I got in mail and started reading today 11mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @SerenaCrawford I haven‘t started it yet. 11mo
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BooksNBowls
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“Being lost is where the beauty lies. Lost in a book. Lost in someone‘s eyes. Lost in a symphony so sweet it brings you to tears.” She smiles. “Lost in a beautiful floating city on a starry night. This is magical, yes? It‘s being found that‘s the disappointment.”

Nute Beautiful! 11mo
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Aswenson
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I loved this! Predictable twists and turns but ultimately spurring you along to experience the deep love and heartbreak with the characters.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Powered by caffeine and the Christmas spirit, I‘ve decided to join the fun and actually start posting instead of only enjoying everyone else‘s reviews! 😃🙃

This is the kind of book that makes your heart soar when you see it on your bookshelf because you love the story and characters so much! A beautiful journey full of love, hope, and grace; the warm hug of a novel we all need in 2020.❤️

#BOTM

Nute Awesome first post! Nice review! Stacking! Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 11mo
ICantImReading Thank you SO much, and right back atcha! 😃 11mo
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EH2018
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LOVED this book! Sending it out this weekend. Thanks for sharing @Lovesbooks87 #ecrb #eastcoastreaders
@aroc @samanthagutt @whatsthEStorey

Lovesbooks87 Yay! So glad to hear! I loved it too and can‘t wait to read what everyone thought of it! 12mo
samanthagutt Yay can‘t wait! 12mo
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SilversReviews
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Thanks to:

#SLEIGHTHESHELVES
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Today‘s Prompt: STAR

THE STAR-CROSSED SISTERS OF TUSCANY is a heartfelt, extraordinary read that makes you realize it‘s never too late to follow your dreams.

LOVED this book.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/y6konm9g

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 12mo
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BookBelle84
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This book was perfect! I absolutely loved the romance of Rico and Poppy and was wrapped up in their world the entire time. The descriptions of Italy were beautiful. Plus the authors note that this story was based on a real couple when one was free in Italy while the other was trapped behind the Iron Curtain of Germany makes it all the more heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. One of the best love stories I've read in a long time. #mustread

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angel1
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On the way to do some Christmas shopping...love it when I'm the passenger and can read! My hubby knows my obsession and is ok with it🤣📚🤓

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Loveforlit2
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Beautiful story. Being Italian American it was fun to read a story set in New York and Italy. Definitely passing it on to my grandmother.

MsMelissa Have you read this book? It‘s also set in Italy and the United States. I loved it. 12mo
Loveforlit2 I haven‘t but my grandma did. She loved it. I‘ll have to ask for her copy 😊 12mo
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EH2018
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Got your book today @Lovesbooks87 looking forward to reading it! Planning on sending mine out by the end of the week #eastcoastreaders @aroc @samanthagutt @whatsthEStorey

Lovesbooks87 Yay! 12mo
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wideeyedreader
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Nope, not for me. Emilie is boring, Poppy is a caricature of a much more interesting character, and Lucy is a trope that seems to only be there for Emilia to slut shame constantly. Not going to keep reading, wishing I‘d picked These Violent Delights instead.

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Traci1
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Only 20 pages in, and I'm already loving this one. 😍

#botm

Mitch That‘s a good sign. Enjoy! 12mo
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Reynosa8701
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What book did you choose for November #BOTM

Coleen_Nieto @Reynosa8701 I chose this one too 😀 12mo
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Kboltz
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Cursed if you are the second born in this Italian family, Emilie sets off to Italy to take the chance to have her curse retracted. Loved the backdrop of this story and Aunt Poppy. Good twist at the end that keeps you invested in this families twisted beliefs in a curse.

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