Mary Lydon Simonsen: The Second Date

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Engaging read which brought back a lot of memories or me including locked wallpaper and crushed velvet A Virgin For The Taking (Clemenger Sisters furniture Oh don t askMy Rating 95100 A wonderful story about how two seemingly oppositeamilies come together and grow throughout the years The story What She Saw / Operation Reunion focuses on young Sonia who at almost 30 is still not married much to her mother s horror The Second Date details her courtship with the charming Nick Santangelo and shows just how true love can conuer the worst of mistakes as well as obnoxiousamily membersWhether you re Italian or not you re sure to love this novel It s The Moretti Marriage full of sweet storiesamily togetherness and a lot of laughs Ms Simonsen s style of writing puts you in mind of a documentary but you experience none of the disassociation you experience while reading one And while that may not make any sense to anyone other than myself I do believe her uniue writing style is the biggest charm hidden within this novel I must admit I adored this book It might be that I am The Dark Duke feeling a touch sentimental than usual as my husband is currently deployed but I doubt that played a significant role You see despite my gruff and jaded exterior I am a romantic at heart I buy into the whole happily ever after schpieland as such I was hooked after page oneIinished The Second Date as my day drew to a close A Measure Of Love (Kincaid Trilogy fell asleep with a smile on myace and had sweet dreams of my husband that night And while this book may not have been the sole reason Starting Over on Blackberry Lane (Life in Icicle Falls for my good night it was definitely a contributingactor. G but over bearing mother warring aunts who use The Soul Of A Thief familyunerals to stage Claiming His Desert Princess (Hot Arabian Nights full blow tragedies and a closeriend whose main goals in life are to get pregnant and to help Sonia Secret Baby, Surprise Parents find true love The Second Date exploresriendship and love in the heart of the Italian American community where ood is second importance only to love.

On immigrants I should know since I am Italian and grew up in such a neighborhood My Grandmom had the plastic urniture covers parties were held at the Knights of Columbus club and although other ethnicity s were eventually welcomed it was hoped Italians married Italians That s just way it was and it was the same in the Irish neighborhoods too As the generations pass these ways of life have changed and you won t The New Baby find too many people with kitchens and living rooms in the basements any As matter ofact the Wild Streak feeling of community that is so prevalent in this book is starting to disappear as well Times changeAs she did with Searchingor Pemberley Simonsen seamlessly weaves the characters back stories and other P.I. Daddys Personal Mission (The Coltons of Montana, fascinating tidbits into the story Yes Italianamilies still have tons of drama and are emotional but the core value of Say Youll Stay And Marry Me family is always there Youramily may not approve of your private life but they will always love you and do anything Rafaellos Mistress for you Most Italians neverorget where they came The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy, from either and maybe that s why we still have ourestivals and make big pots of gravy and meatballs every Sunday Gravysauce in my part of townThis was a wonderful little story and the 1980s setting made me laugh at times Sonia and the rest of the characters in the story are all sweet in their own way They may even remind you of people you know yourself Simonsen is uite good at making the reader Rascal feel like a part of the story You tend toorget where you are or at least I did Overall this was a Another Day of Life fun and. Ars she never goes out on a second date with any of them because she is still lookingor that perfect guy The problem is that she has very specific criteria as to who Mr Right is Sonia is beginning to think that such a man is not out there until Set in the late 1980s Sonia is surrounded by an extended Italian amily a carin.

Ironically I ound this story through a link on a Jane Austen Narcissus in Chains (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, faniction web site and bought it Cinderella for a Night (36 Hours, for my new Kindle The price was very cheap so what the heck The heroine worksor a publisher and has to deal with many of JAFF stories But this story is not a JA story I Friend Foe found myself saying that I have to get my daughter in law to read this story as she too is of partial Italian descent and lives in NJ and has a large extendedamily This was a very satisfying romance with just enough sexual tension to keep me turning the pages The amily dynamics although portrayed as Italian are true or many Grassroots Innovation families today what with members living all over the United States and having certain cultural traditionoods etc I have a Southern mother so know many of those oods etc And then there is the religion thing which or my generation and maybe to some of today s youth plays a great part in making one s beau acceptable to one s Architecture and Utopia family This story had me also laughing out loud at some of the events or conversation I recommend it as aeel good story Pleasant dreams While reading The Second Date I had an amazing heart warming Perfect Cities feeling in my chest It s a beautiful touching story not just about Sonia Amundsen the protagonist but it is also a story about heramily and about her roots Sonia and her Prometheus Wired family are completely ordinary people that you could meet ar This book is much than Sonia having troubleinding a good guy This book perfectly describes the Italian American community of irst and second generati. A novel reminiscent of the movie Moonstruck with Cher and Nicholas Cage Sonia Amundsen looks like a Nordic goddess on the outside but her heart soul and stomach are all Italian She is also a successful professional who is about to celebrate her 30th birthday Although riends have been setting her up on blind dates or two ye.

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I am the authors of several Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion re imaginings I have also written a modern love story The Second Date Love Italian American Style and three British mysteries Three's A Crowd A Killing in Kensington A Death in Hampden Dying to Write and Murder by MoonlightingI am a wife mother grandmother volunteer reader writer serious recyclerWhen I read for relaxatio