Author: Jeanne Ray
Series: Julie and Romeo #1
Genre: Romantic literature, pastiche
Copyright Date: 2003
Cover: The storefront of a flower shop with "Julie and Romeo" in gold letters. Gorgeous cover, actually.
First line: "The first time I heard the name Cacciamani I was five years old."
Best part: Laugh-out-loud-on-the-bus funny.
Worst part: The characters are pretty harsh to each other in places.
Imagined Theme Song: Jesse McCartney, Beautiful Soul.
Recommended for: supercheesegirl, and anyone who likes flowers, retellings, or love.
Related Reads: My Husband's Sweethearts, The Godmother by Elizabeth Scarborough.
The Rosemans and the Cacciamanis have an intense family feud. They own rival flower shops in the town of Somerville, MA. Thirty years ago, the families forcibly separated two teenage members who claimed to be in love. But now, Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani have been brought together by a seminar for struggling small business owners. Can the aging divorcee and widower resist the attraction between them? Why do these families hate each other so much anyway?
This book will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings too. Love, and family, both make us do the wacky. This would be a great summer read for the plane or beach.