Julie and Romeo
A NovelBook - 2000
A deliciously funny and wickedly sexy novel of love found (finally!) and love threatened (inevitably) by the families who claim to love us best. Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists in Boston, whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember (what they can't remember is why). When these two vital, lonely people see each other across a crowded lobby at a small business owners' seminar, an intense attraction blooms that neither tries to squelch. They're not sure what fate has in store for them, but they're not about to let something as silly as a generations-long feud stand in the way of finding out. That is, not until Romeo's octogenarian mother, Julie's meddling ex-husband, and a cast of grown Cacciamani and Roseman children begin to intervene with a passionate hatred that matches their newly found love, stroke for stroke. Think Montagues and Capulets, think wise and witty and thoroughly modern. Julie and Romeo is a love story for the ages. All ages.
Baker & Taylor
Julie and Romeo had been born to rival florist families in Boston, but it is love at first sight when they spot each other across a crowded lobby
Julie and Romeo had been born to rival florist families in Boston, but it is love at first sight when they spot each other across a crowded lobby. A first novel. 75,000 first printing.
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"In life we are defined by what we hate as much as we are by what we love, and maybe it would be bad to give up all that definition. Maybe without the Cacciamanis to hate, the Rosemans would simply be unable to carry on. Maybe the hate was our skeletal system, the very thing that allowed us to walk upright, and without it we would be nothing more than a lump of skin and muscle on the floor."-excerpt, Julie and Romeo
[This dialogue takes place after Romeo Cacciamani's eighty-nine-year-old mother vandalized Julie Roseman's rose bushes, in an attempt to keep the two sixty-year-old love birds apart. Julie, with help from her daughter Sandy, tries to save her rose bushes.]
Julie: “That old Cacciamani bitch salted my roses!”
Sandy: “She salted the roses? That’s what Sherman did after he burned down the South. That’s like the lowest thing one human being can do to another.”
Julie: “Sherman salted the roses?”
Sandy: “He didn’t just salt the roses. He salted everything. He wanted to ruin all the farmland so the people who came back after the fire wouldn’t be able to feed themselves.”
Julie: “Yeah, well, I think she was operating under a similar impulse. Put all the dirt here. It all has to come up. We might have a chance, but it’s going to be tough. She took the time to water it in.”
Sandy: “She watered the salt? Only a total sociopath would stop to water the salt.”
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