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Women's Fiction Review 

 

Julie and Romeo
by Jeanne Ray
Onyx Books, 2000
227 pages
Hardcover, $21.00 ISBN: 0-609-60672-7
Paperback, $6.99  ISBN: 0-451-40997-3
 
 
 

In Julie and Romeo, Julie Rosemand takes over her family's florist after years of being a stay-at-home wife and mother. She grew up working in the family business and instinctively understood more about the operation than her husband, but times being what they were, she reared children while he ruined (er, ran) the business.

The Rosemand family's only competition for weddings, funerals, and Valentine's Day are the Cacciamanis across town. The two families have hated one another for several generations without anyone really knowing why. When Julie Rosemond and Romeo Cacciamani run into each other at a small business seminar, their attraction is deep, mutual, and undeniable. 

As sixty year olds, they assume they've earned the right to lead their own lives without their parent's or children's permissions. New passions reignite old passions drawing fire from Romeo's octogenarian mother, Julie's ex-husband and daughters as well as Romeo's brood of children.

Julie and Romeo  is a warm, wise, and funny reworking of Shakespeare's love story.

 

Pam Kingsbury
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