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eBook That's Amore download

by Wendy Markham

eBook That's Amore download ISBN: 0446618446
Author: Wendy Markham
Publisher: Forever; First Edition edition (July 1, 2008)
Language: English
ePub: 1715 kb
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Rating: 4.8
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Category: Literature
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Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, including Hello, It s Me, the basis for a recent Hallmark movie starring Kellie Martin

Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub, the award-winning author of more than eighty novels, including Hello, It s Me, the basis for a recent Hallmark movie starring Kellie Martin. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

I know that sounds odd, to say the least, but Wendy Markham quotes that song in the book, not the one that first springs to mind

I know that sounds odd, to say the least, but Wendy Markham quotes that song in the book, not the one that first springs to mind. Daria Marshall, all 5'2" of her (GET IT NOW?) is what you might call a runner. She does not like to stay put for long periods of time and has speedy departures down to an art form.

Ralphie Chickalini is on the verge of living happily ever after with the perfect woman. Books related to That's Amore. A Wedding in Truhart. My Kind of Wonderful: Cedar Ridge 2. Jill Shalvis. His fiance Francesca Maria Buccigrossi of Astoria Boulevard is a curvaceous, fun-loving brunette. His late father, whose recent death the family is still mourning, adored Francesca’s homemade pesto sauce and declared her a keeper, his brothers think she’s a hoot, his sisters adore her, and his nephews and niece already call her aunt. But as the wedding date approaches, Ralphie begins to question his love

Ralphie Chickalini is on the verge of living happily ever after with the perfect woman. I love her books, but this writing in the present tense MAKES ME CRAZY! The entire time I'm reading the book I am translating it into the past tense, as in "They seem so comfortable together, she notes" instantly becomes in my head "They seemed so comfortable together, she noted

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Wendy Markham is a pseudonym for award-winning New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, who has published nearly eighty novels during a career that spans two decades. She was recognized as one of WLA's Millennial Authors in 2000. Her Wendy Markham novel SLIGHTLY SINGLE was named one of Waldenbooks' 100 Best Fiction titles of 2002.

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Ralphie Chickalini is on the verge of living happily ever after with the perfect woman. His fiance Francesca Maria Buccigrossi of Astoria Boulevard is a curvaceous, fun-loving brunette. His late father, whose recent death the family is still mourning, adored Francesca's homemade pesto sauce and declared her a "keeper," his brothers think she's a hoot, his sisters adore her, and his nephews and niece already call her "aunt." But as the wedding date approaches, Ralphie begins to question his love. When Ralphie bumps into two psychic sisters at a New Year's Eve party, his life will be thrown in an unexpected direction. Daria and Tammy might not look alike, but they do have more than just a maternal bloodline in common. They both have a psychic gift. Tammy or "Madame Tamare" is a storefront psychic who predicted the marriage between Ralphie's brother Dominic's marriage and an unlikely bride. Now, Daria is channeling a spirit with a message for Ralphie: his father has returned to guide him to true love. But Daria has her own life to live, and she plans to move back to Arizona, messages from another world aside. Despite contrary inclinations, Daria and Ralphie will soon realize that their paths are destined to collide.
Comments: (7)
roternow
absolutely beautiful!
Nagor
Are you? Are you singing the song? Do you hear Dean Martin waxing romantic about the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie?

When you read That's Amore, however, you will find yourself singing "Has Anybody Seen My Gal." I know that sounds odd, to say the least, but Wendy Markham quotes that song in the book, not the one that first springs to mind.

Daria Marshall, all 5'2" of her (GET IT NOW?) is what you might call a runner. She does not like to stay put for long periods of time and has speedy departures down to an art form. She packs light, doesn't get attached to anything - not belongings, not people - and is always itching for a new place to be. When we meet her, she's in New York, staying with her sister Tammy, a psychic with whom Daria has maintained a long distance relationship. Tammy and Daria share certain psychic abilities, only rather than seeing into the future, Daria sees dead people.

For reals.

Her complete opposite is Ralphie Chickalini, who has lived in the same house all his life, even after the deaths of his parents. His family is close by, together they all have a hand in the running of the family's pizza parlor, and Ralphie is nothing if not entrenched in Queens. Sure, he thinks about moving, but he can't bring himself to leave his home. He feels his father's presence there. But one thing he doesn't feel is peace. Ralphie is engaged to Francesca, a woman his family adores more than he does. When she breaks up with him, Ralphie is not exactly heartbroken.

Naturally, Daria, the girl who can't stand still, and Ralphie, the boy who can't move, meet. They have an instant attraction, one that strikes Daria most fearfully. She knows she can't - or really won't - stick around, but Ralphie. Oh, Ralphie. He begins to mean something to her. That he cares for her concerns him, but only because he is afraid she'll leave.

There are some pesky ghosts, both those whom Daria sees and the more emotional variety, that must be dispensed with before these two can truly come together.

This is a cute, sweet story. Ralphie is instantly likable; Daria takes some time to warm up to, only because she gets a bit annoying with her insistence that she MUST move and frequently. Ralphie's family, straight out of Central Casting for "big Italian clan", is likable as well. Not all is as it seems within the Chickalini herd, however, which adds a little unexpected zest to the story.

In terms of hot romance, it is here, albeit briefly. There is a scene that entails rocking the headboard, and while it is not particularly spicy or likely to linger in your mind, it is very fitting for a cute, sweet book such as this.

My biggest beef is the way Markham spells Chickalini. It's so .... un-Italian. Ciccialini seems to be the more traditional, not Americanized way to spell it, but even I know this is a ridiculous thing to complain about.

Cute, sweet, nice. That's That's Amore.

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Thanks to NetGalley for the preview.
Hbr
Psychic rolling stone Daria Marshall has no ties preferring the life of the road to settling anywhere. She feels she is just like her mom who never could stay in one place; especially after a failed marriage. Thus Daria, who literally runs from the ghosts she can see, prefers being the queen of the road. She comes to New York to visit her sister.

On the other hand Ralphie Chickalini has lived in the same Astoria, Queens house his entire life surrounded by his loving Italian-American family. However, when his father dies, his siblings want to sell the house and equally split the profits. Ralphie is the only holdout as he grieves Pops. When Daria and Ralphie meet for the first time, each feels the attraction in the melancholy face of the other, but this pair is polar opposites so love is not enough; or is it. In between and during Italian feasts, his late father plays matchmaker between his son and the woman who can still see him.

This is a warm paranormal contemporary romance starring two nice people who do not relish change, but will need to adapt if they are to make it. The Astoria location is a delight as it provides readers a fascinating side of New York City as this part of Queens is more a suburban town than the typical Big Apple urban high rise environs. Although the constant changing perspective provides insight into key players due to wider perspectives on the same event, that technique also makes some moments difficult to follow; still fans will appreciate THAT'S AMORE expecting any moment the ghost of Dean Martin to sing the title of love in the burbs.

Harriet Klausner
Delagamand
The worst part of the book is the author's tendency to write in the present tense (sometimes). It was annoying and verb tense seemed to change willy-nilly.
As for the story, it lacked any excitement. It was a basic boy meets girls, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. The psychic aspect could have made it a better story but the plot was never developed. It seemed to be a half-hearted attempt - though I've never read anything else by the author so all her books could be the same.
I didn't hate it but I didn't really like it either. Like I said, a pretty average story.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book for my Kindle in exchange for a honest review.
Todal
I love her books, but this writing in the present tense MAKES ME CRAZY! The entire time I'm reading the book I am translating it into the past tense, as in "They seem so comfortable together, she notes" instantly becomes in my head "They seemed so comfortable together, she noted." Picky? Maybe, but with her extreme writing talent, I just wish she would write NORMALLY, LOL... Aside from that (which seems to be a biggie for me) I really enjoy her books, whether they are written under her own name or a pseudonym. I'll continue buying them and just hope she eventually switches over to writing them to my specifications, hahaha...
Jum
As always, Wendy Markham created another cute romance story with more of the Chickalini characters. It's been a while since I've read another Chickalini romance, so I dont remember the characters all too well. Markham did a good job of refreshing my memory with some things that happened previously. I cant wait to read more from this author!
MrCat
Daria's ability to "see" is quite entertaining, especially when it's Ralphie's father. How could Daria not fall in love with Ralphie after his father's influence on her from the beyond? Not only that, but the warmth of the Chickalini family surely would want to make anyone belong to a loving family like that! Great romantic read.