Romantic and sexual love isn't entirely the prerogative of the
young. It can strike at any time, any age, often in unexpected
places; and it can cause as big a furore between families as it did
between the Capulets and Montagues. Julie Roseman is 60, Jewish,
divorced; Romeo Cacciamani is the same age, Catholic, widowed. The
families own rival flower shops in Boston (Massachusetts) but the
feud between them stretches far beyond simple business competition.
No-one can remember how it started or why it is so bitter, but when
Julie's daughter Sandy and Romeo's son Tony meet at school and fall
in love they're torn ruthlessly apart. Then Julie and Romeo meet at
a seminar for failing business-people and another bolt of lightning
strikes. Both are horrified. Though the original reason for the
hatred between them may have disappeared into the mists of time,
the break-up of Sandy and Tony has set it in stone. Star-crossed
they might be, but Julie and Romeo cannot give each other up. With
balconies in short supply they find other ways of meeting more in
tune with the new century; but when their shocked families discover
their liaison their reactions are ferocious, physically and
commercially. Light-hearted, witty and shrewd, Ray has written a
love story to warm everyone's hearts, of any age. The style is
assured - the story ripples like a sparkling stream. One wonders
why Ray has not been seen in print before. (Kirkus UK)
Based on that most timeless of love stories, Julie and Romeo is
wonderfully humorous novel of love, family feuds and disapproving
parents - with a twist 'For never was a story of more woe, than
this of Juliet and her Romeo' Shakespeare might have seen his young
star-cross'd lovers as a tragic pair, but 400 years later Jeanne
Ray's Julie and Romeo are light-hearted, funny and sixty-something.
Julie Roseman, a divorcee, and Romeo Cacciamani, a widower, own
rival flower shops in Boston. They don't know what started the
family feud generations before, but they have never questioned it.
Until the fateful day when they meet at a business conference and
inexplicably find themselves falling in love. But the path of true
love never did run smooth, and with Romeo's feisty mother and a
pack of fierce children coming between them, it looks like Julie
and Romeo's tale will not end happily - or will it?
Simon & Schuster
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