When Emilia's great-aunt Poppy invites her and her cousin Lucy on a trip to Italy, the 29-year-old's quiet life is shaken up. Poppy has promised to break the "curse" that's kept all second-born daughters in the family from marrying. As they travel, Emilia discovers secrets about her family, her aunt, and herself that will change her life forever. Charming and escapist, with an undeniably dreamy Italian setting.
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“The enduring bonds of sisterhood flourish in this heartwarming and dazzling Italian adventure, where a love that spans generations reveals the path to one woman’s destiny, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Life List. When the fiercely independent and mysterious Paulina “Poppy” Fontana invites her great-nieces and fellow second-born daughters, Emilia and Lucy, to visit her birthplace of Italy, she makes a wild declaration. On her eightieth birthday, Poppy claims she’ll meet the love of her life on the steps of the Ravello Cathedral and put an end to the Fontana Family Second-Daughter Curse once and for all. The Fontana Second-Daughter Curse is probably nothing but a coincidence, a self-fulfilling prophecy, an old-world myth. Even so, nobody can deny that for centuries, not a single second-born daughter in the Fontana family has married. But twenty-nine year-old Emilia actually appreciates the curse–some may even say she hides behind it. What might happen if the supposed curse is actually broken, and she’s expected to find love? Reluctantly, the trio of second-born daughters embark on a journey to fulfill Poppy’s last wish. Against a backdrop of lush Italian countryside and rich landmarks, Poppy shares family secrets and tales of forbidden love that threaten to upend every belief her young nieces have held to be true”–