Eden Book Club: The Star-Crossed Sisters Of Tuscany Discussion
More than anyone, I fell in love with Poppy. She was such a wonderfully fleshed-out, vibrant character. And she made The Star-Crossed Sisters Of Tuscany such an exciting read for me. Emilia who?
The Star-Crossed Sisters Of Tuscany was slow to start. When I first read Lori Nelson Spielman’s book, I thought: I was promised Italy, where’s Italy? But as the story settled in so did the Italian landscape. And I ended up loving the descriptions (no surprise).
- “The entire city, it seems, is in a breathtaking state of opulent decay.” (page 99)
- “He takes my hand, and together we stroll through streets narrow as bike paths, lined with boutique shops and shoe stores, gelato counters and restaurants. Smells of roast lamb and garlic spill onto the streets.” (page 207)
- “Three hundred feet below, the Gulf of Salerno sparkles against a sky bruised with purples and golds.” (page 244)
The book picked up in pace (a little before the half-way point) and from then on, it felt fun and magical. I cried. I laughed. And I loved the fact that there was a multi-generational family represented in the book.
P.S. I thought the aftermath of one particular relationship was handled too easily (identifying and knowing when to let go of a toxic relationship is incredibly important and I think the ending conveniently skimmed over that). We can discuss this more in the comments if you’d like!
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Book Club Discussion Guidelines
Discussion posts (like this one) will have a series of questions as starting points. But honestly, you can talk about whatever you want regarding the books (or questions). You don’t have to answer all (or any) of the questions. I’d still love to hear your thoughts!
You can join in regardless of whether you’ve read, not read, or DNF’d the book! I understand that not everyone has the time to read or finish the book so I try to include a general discussion question as well to make the discussions more inclusive.
The Star-Crossed Sisters Of Tuscany Discussion Questions
- How did you feel about the pacing of the book?
- Was Poppy and Rico’s connection believable?
- How did the flashbacks affect the structure of the story?
- Are there any standout quotes or passages you’d like to share?
- How did you feel about the choice of multiple POVs?
- The book mentions Hiraeth, a hard-to-describe deeply nostalgic longing for a home that is no longer yours (this is my brushstroke translation of the Welsh word). Can you relate to that feeling? Is there a place you’ve longed for that is not quite yours?
- How does Emilia’s view of love shift or change over the course of the story?
- If this story was told from different perspectives, who would you choose as the main POVs?
- How did you feel about the family relationships presented throughout the novel?
- Is there any part of Italy you would have liked to see explored more in this novel?
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Let me know your thoughts in the comments below! Of course, these are just starter questions. There are no right or wrong answers. Feel 100% free to discuss anything regarding the book (or otherwise). I’ll be jumping in and responding as well!