Preview - The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

Hi everyone! This book has been sitting on my To Be Read shelf for some time after they delayed the publication day from May to November. I love books set in Italy and this one in particular sounds so intriguing.  The Goodreads rating on this book at the time is 4.31 on over 1300 reviews which is incredible.

Synopsis: "The enduring bonds of sisterhood flourish in this heartwarming and dazzling Italian adventure, where a love that spans generations reveals the path to one woman’s destiny, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Life List.
When the fiercely independent and mysterious Paulina “Poppy” Fontana invites her great-nieces and fellow second-born daughters, Emilia and Lucy, to visit her birthplace of Italy, she makes a wild declaration. On her eightieth birthday, Poppy claims she’ll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral and put an end to the Fontana Family Second-Daughter Curse once and for all.

The Fontana Second-Daughter Curse is probably nothing but a coincidence, a self-fulfilling prophecy, an old-world myth. Even so, nobody can deny that for centuries, not a single second-born daughter in the Fontana family has married. But twenty-nine year-old Emilia actually appreciates the curse—some may even say she hides behind it. What might happen if the supposed curse is actually broken, and she’s expected to find love?

Reluctantly, the trio of second-born daughters embark on a journey to fulfill Poppy’s last wish. Against a backdrop of lush Italian countryside and rich landmarks, Poppy shares family secrets and tales of forbidden love that threaten to upend every belief her young nieces have held to be true".

Sounds great, right? I'll be reviewing this book on its November 17 publication day.  Let me know if you're adding this to your To Be Read list!


  1. This sounds like a really good read - something to curl up with for a cosy night in. Will be interested to see what you think of it in due course!

    1. This sounds like a book that my wife would love and - wouldn't you know it - this book will be out just before Christmas. Sounds like an option. That is, unless your upcoming review says it's not any good.

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  3. Oh that sounds like it will be such a great book. It definitely sounds like something I would enjoy reading for sure!