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The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
Coming April 21, 2020
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.
Praise for The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany
"Emilia Fontana is a princess in sensible shoes in this delicious modern fairytale where love is elusive, hope is a pipe dream and a centuries old curse on the second sister remains intact. Lori Nelson Spielman deftly weaves the past and present with artful twists and turns that will keep you reading and hoping as secrets are revealed that change the course of Emilia's life, her perceptions of herself, and ultimately unleashes her potential in a world that was waiting for it. Bella!"—Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of Tony's Wife
“The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is a gorgeous blend of family, friendship, and love. This heartfelt multi-generational tale whisks the reader away to the magical streets of Italy where an old legend unveils family secrets and carries the characters on a journey they’ll never forget.”—Chanel Cleeton, New York Times bestselling author of When We Left Cuba
“Lori Nelson Spielman's deft and tender touch illuminates a glorious journey through Italy, and the heart. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is unflinchingly honest about the frailty of human desires, as Emilia encounters estrangement, lies, and betrayal, yet it treats them with grace and forgiveness. It's a wonderful balance between the darkness of the human heart, and the irrepressible optimism of love and adventure at any age. Filled with humor and wisdom, this is a celebration of life, and love.”—Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Night Tiger, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
"Lori Nelson Spielman writes beautifully about self-discovery, forgiveness, and love. The Star Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is an insightful and tenderhearted novel that illuminates the ways in which the bonds of family can sometimes feel like a warm embrace, and other times feel as though they are tying you down. Mysterious family lore, a heartrending love story, and luminous descriptions of Italy all add up to an utterly captivating read!"—Meg Donahue, USA Today bestselling author of You, Me, and the Sea
"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 characters behind, but her satisfying conclusion brought a smile to my face."—Meredith Jaeger, USA Today bestselling author of Boardwalk Summer
“Lori Nelson Spielman’s tells stories full of heart with characters you’ll love from the first page. The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is her best yet! Fans of Adriana Trigiani will rejoice in this story of a stunning journey that celebrates family, life and love, in the unparalleled backdrop of Venice, Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. You’ll enjoy every moment of the trip. I loved it. Ciao Bella!”—Kaira Rouda, USA Today bestselling author of The Favorite Daughter
"If you love Moonstruck as much as I do, you’ll fall head over heels for The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany. In this captivating and utterly charming tale of several generations of “cursed” women, Lori Nelson Spielman proves—yet again—that she’s a masterful storyteller. I loved every page.”—Camille Pagán, bestselling author of I’m Fine and Neither Are You
“In a love letter to Italy and indeed, to life, Lori Nelson Spielman’s The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany carries the reader on a delightful and poignant journey of no regrets. From the secret corners of Venice to the cobblestones of Ravello, ‘cursed’ Emilia and her Great Aunt Poppy enchanted me and gave me hope that all things can work out just right—even when it seems the stars are hopelessly misaligned.”—Julie Kibler, bestselling author of Calling Me Home and Home for Erring and Outcast Girls
“Spielman’s novel takes you on a breathtaking tour of Italy through the eyes of Emilia, the cursed second-daughter. Readers will get lost in these pages about family and cheer for our heroine as she discovers herself and the secrets of her family. This book is the perfect escape.”—Roselle Lim, author of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune
"The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany perfectly captures the singular magic of Italy. Every page radiates with sunshine, adventure, and a love story as timeless as the cobblestone streets of Florence."—Ruth Emmie Lang, author of Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
“The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is a fresh and funny page-turner that weaves generations of secrets into a charming story of enpowering self-reflection and discovery. A pure joy to read, filled with heart, hope and insight. To say I loved it is an understatement, and I can’t wait for more from Lori Nelson Spielman.”—Angela Pisel, author of With Love From the Inside
"The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is a captivating family saga that centers on a granddaughter's efforts to repair the age-old loss and betrayal that threaten her future happiness. You will be swept away to Italy's romantic Amalfi coast, and laugh, cry, and cheer as Emilia searches for the truth and finds her own voice at last."—Kelly O'Connor McNees, author of Undiscovered Country
“A family curse. A mysterious letter. A forbidden journey. And pastries. Italian pastries. Being a second daughter in the Fontana family is tantamount to a life without love. Practical, methodical Emilia may have accepted this in her head, yet her heart still hopes for romance. It will take an adventure across the ocean to reveal her true destiny, despite controlling relatives and family assumptions. In Lori Nelson Spielman’s exuberantly wrought Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, century-old family dynamics must be destroyed for a new and beautifully told modern life to begin. Spielman turns the traditional fairy tale on its head, to satisfying and dramatic effect.”—Mardi Link, author of The Drummond Girls
"The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany is a fresh and funny page-turner that weaves generations of secrets into a charming story of enpowering self-reflection and discovery. A pure joy to read, filled with heart, hope and insight. To say I loved it is an understatement, and I can’t wait for more from Lori Nelson Spielman."—Angela Pisel, author of With Love From the Inside
"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."—Samantha M. Bailey, author of Woman on the Edge
June 2, 2015
#1 international bestselling author Lori Nelson Spielman follows The Life List with Sweet Forgiveness, in which a woman’s receipt of two “forgiveness stones” sends her searching for atonement.
The Forgiveness Stones craze is sweeping the nation—instantly recognizable pouches of stones that come with a chain letter and two simple requests: to forgive, and then to seek forgiveness. But New Orleans' favorite talk show host, Hannah Farr, isn't biting. Intensely private and dating the city’s mayor, Hannah has kept her very own pouch of Forgiveness Stones hidden for two years—and her dark past concealed for nearly two decades. But when Fiona Knowles, creator of the Forgiveness Stones, appears on Hannah’s show, Hannah unwittingly reveals, on air, the details of a decades-old falling out with her mother.
Spurned by her fans, doubted by her friends, and accused by her boyfriend of marring his political career, Hannah reluctantly embarks on a public journey of forgiveness. As events from her past become clearer, the truth she’s clung to since her teenage years has never felt murkier. Hannah must find the courage to right old wrongs, or risk losing her mother, and any glimmer of an authentic life, forever.
the life list
In this utterly charming debut — perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern’s P.S., I Love You and Allison Winn Scotch’s Time of My Life — one woman sets out to complete her old list of childhood goals, and finds that her lifelong dreams lead her down a path she never expects.
Brett Bohlinger seems to have it all: a plum job, a spacious loft, an irresistibly handsome boyfriend. All in all, a charmed life. That is, until her beloved mother passes away, leaving behind a will with one big stipulation: In order to receive her inheritance, Brett must first complete the life list of goals she’d written when she was a naïve girl of fourteen.
Grief-stricken, Brett can barely make sense of her mother’s decision—her childhood dreams don’t resemble her ambitions at age thirty-four in the slightest. Some seem impossible. How can she possibly have a relationship with a father who died seven years ago? Other goals (Be an awesome teacher!) would require her to reinvent her entire future. As Brett reluctantly embarks on a perplexing journey in search of her adolescent dreams, one thing becomes clear. Sometimes life’s sweetest gifts can be found in the most unexpected places.
News & EVENTS
Please join me at an event if you’re in the area. I’d love to see you!
April 21, 2020~7:00-8:00 pm Book Talk and Signing, The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany, Schuler Books and Music, Meridian Mall, 1982 Grand River Avenue, Okemos, MI
May 7, 2015~11:00 am~Grand Rapids Women's City Club, 254 Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI49503
May 22, 2015~1:00-2:00 pm~Book signing, Mayersche Buchhandlung, Düsseldorf, Germany
May 22, 2015~5:00-6:00 pm~Book signing, Mayersche Buchhandlung, Cologne, Germany
May 23, 2015~12:00 pm~Thalia Bookstore, Bonn, Germany
May 27, 2015~5:00 pm~Book signing, Furet du Nord Bookshop, 15 place General de Gaulle, Lille 59800, FR
May 30, 2015~11:00 am~Book signing, Une Autre Page Bookshop, 16bis, boulevard Fernand Hostachy, Croissy sur Seine 78290, FR
June 7, 2015~11:30 am-12:15 pm~Printers Row Lit Festival, South Loop, Chicago, IL~Fiction: Sense and Sensibility: Meg Donohue and Lori Nelson Spielman in conversation with Wendy Donohue. Jones College Prep / Classroom #5030, 700 S. State St., Chicago, IL 60605
June 22, 2015~7:00 pm~Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48103
June 24, 2015~Rebecca Regnier's Full Plate, WTVG TV, 4247 Dorr St., Toledo, OH 43607
June 25, 2015~7:00 pm~Schuler Books, Eastwood Towne Center, Lansing, MI 48912
June 27, 2015~2:00-3:30 pm~Pages Bookstore, 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit, MI 48223
July 18, 2015~1:00-2:00 pm~Paper & I, 102 E. Michigan Ave., Marshall, MI49068
August 2, 2015~2:00-4:00 pm~Grafted Root Eatery, 12235 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI 48439
August 6, 2015~7:00-8:00 pm~Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, 2660 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
August 12, 2015~2:00-3:00 pm~McLean & Eakin Booksellers, 307 E. Lake St., Petoskey, MI 49770
August 13, 2015~6:30 pm~Saturn Booksellers, 133 W. Main St., Gaylord, MI 49735
August 15, 2015~2:00-4:00 pm~Horizon Books, 243 E. Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49684
August 26, 2015~6:30 pm~The R-Club, 6409 Centurion Dr., Lansing, MI 48917
September 2, 2015~6:00-8:00 pm~Vets Too Boutique, 2416 N. East Street, Lansing, MI 48906
October 1, 2015~6:30-8:00 pm~Genesee District Library, Grand Blanc-McFarlen Branch, 515 Perry Road, Grand Blanc, MI 48439
October 22, 2015~1:00 pm~Cascade Library, 2870 Jacksmith Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
November 11, 2015~11:30 am-1:30 pm~Isabella County Women's Initiative, Look Who's Talking Fundraiser, Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn Suites Hotel and Conference Center, 2424 S. Mission Street, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858
November 18, 2015~6:15-7:15 pm~Booksellers Book Club, 360 S. Jefferson, Mason, MI 48854. Public Welcome!
January 23, 2016~Write on the Red Cedar presented by Capital City Writers Association, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824 Ticket required.
January 27, 2016~6:30-7:30 pm~Holt-Delhi Library, 2078 N Aurelius Road, Holt, MI 48842
May 14, 2016~2:00-4:00~Wacousta Community Methodist Church Anniversary Tea, 9180 W. Herbison Road, Eagle, MI 48822
August 2, 2016~6:00-7:00 pm~Houghton Lake Public Library, 4431 W. Houghton Lake Drive, Houghton Lake, MI 48629
January 20-21, 2017~Write on the Red Cedar Conference, presented by Capital City Writers Association, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824
April 8, 2017~8:00-5:00~A Rally of Writers Conference, Lansing Community College West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Dr. Lansing, MI
April 25, 2017~11:30-1:30~HELO Club, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, 219 S Harrison Road., East Lansing, MI 48824
December 10, 2017~9:30-10:30 AM~The Peoples Church of East Lansing, 200 West Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823
October 3, 2018~7:00-8:30 PM~Capital City Writers Association Workshop, Location TBD.