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Prove of how they are portrayed kept thinking Wow it would be so cool to be a part of such a big but such a close family Why I think mostly because the CarellisAmundsens are so open and genuine It seems that lies are not an option in their world I don t know if the author intended for her novel to have a message or not but I found one family and one s roots are really important They define ou very deeply and clearly and in normal circumstances All the Devils are Here your family is the one group of peopleou can always go to at the end of the day and they ll accept ou with an embrace Family s important Heritage is important This is one of the aspects that make this novel very inspiring and heart warmingThe story itself is really romantic which I love and fun but realistic too Something like this can happen I like that It s very optimistic and as an optimist and romantic myself I was all smiles at the end The idea of a woman who never goes on a second date is very intriguing and the author executed the idea really wellThis novel definitely is my cup of tea but even if it wasn t the story is truly well written The Second Date is a wonderful piece of fiction one that I will definitely return to in the future I recommend it This book is much than Sonia having trouble finding a good guy This book perfectly describes the Italian American community of first and second generation immigrants I should know since I am Italian and grew up in such a neighborhood My Grandmom had the plastic furniture 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 ou won t find too many people with kitchens and living rooms in the basements "and The Wake you won t find too many people with kitchens and living rooms in the basements As matter of fact the feeling of community that is so prevalent in this book is starting to disappear as well Times changeAs she did with Searching for Pemberley Simonsen seamlessly weaves the characters back stories and other fascinating tidbits into the story Yes Italian families still have tons of drama and are emotional but the core value of family is always there Your family may not approve ofour private life but they will always love Circus Act (Spy Pups you and do anything forou Most Italians never forget where they came from either and maybe that s why we still have our festivals 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 Daffodil Girls you of peopleou know The Private Lives of the Saints yourself Simonsen is uite good at making the reader feel like a part of the story You tend to forget whereou are or at least I did Overall this was a fun and engaging read which brought back a lot of memories for me including flocked wallpaper and crushed velvet furniture Oh don t askMy Rating 95100 A wonderful story about how two seemingly opposite families come together and grow throughout the Biggles Goes to War years The story focuses onoung 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 obnoxious family membersWhether Mission New York (Scavenger Hunt Adventure you re Italian or notou re sure to love this novel It s full of sweet stories family togetherness and a lot of laughs Ms Simonsen s style of writing puts Dominion (Life After you in mind of a documentary butou experience none of the disassociation ou 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 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 oneI finished The Second Date as my day drew to a close fell asleep with a smile on my face and had sweet dreams of my husband that night And while this book may not have been the sole reason for my good night it was definitely a contributing factor. G but over bearing mother warring aunts who use family funerals to stage full blow tragedies and a close friend whose main goals in life are to get pregnant and to help Sonia find true love The Second Date explores friendship and love in the heart of the Italian American community where food is second importance only to love. .
Tories Simonsen s narrative its way through Sonia s family history diverting occasionally into the stories of neighbors and friends If ou grew up in an Italian American family Unwilling (The MacLauchlans, you ll immediately understand the references to cash dances at a wedding plastic covers on the living room furniture finished basements and the power struggle over who cooks Thanksgiving dinner You might just haveour own Aunt Gina and Aunt Angie who can be counted on for rival hysterics at any family funeral as well as A Feast of Freud your own cousin Sal the matchmaker And ifou aren t Italian American then this book will "Show You All The "you all the The Mallen Girl you ve been missing I ve just finished reading this book and have thoroughly enjoyed it I recommend it to all ages For me it was like going on vacation with my best friend just that enjoyable Ms Sorenson has written all the characters in such a uniue style thatou will love them as much as her main character This book will expose ou to a wonderful war I just didn t enjoy this book very much I was 23 of the way done before any plot was introduced The novel was really a series of cute and funny anecdotes about Italian Americans life There was even one story about characters who weren t in the book except for that particular anecdote I kept reading because I had read some good reviews and it wasn t boring or offensive just not to the point There was little dialog the author seemed to tell the story rather than show it to the reader as it unfolded I have read 1 other book by this author and liked it so I will give her a second chance I m just very plot driven in my reading I loved this book Growing up around Italian families I could relate to the antics Mrs Simonsen describes in her book Sonia is a wonderful girl and so deserving of the man of her dreams It s an easy read and a heart warming love story Check it out Ironically I found this story through a link on a Jane Austen fan fiction web site and bought it for my new Kindle The price was very cheap so what the heck The heroine works for a publisher and has to deal with many of JAFF stories But this story is not a JA story I 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 extended family This was a very satisfying romance with just enough sexual tension to keep me turning the pages The family dynamics although portrayed as Italian are true for many families today what with members living all over the United States and having certain cultural tradition foods etc I have a Southern mother so know many of those foods etc And then there is the religion thing which for my generation and maybe to some of today s outh plays a great part in making one s beau acceptable to one s family This story had me also laughing out loud at some of the events or conversation I recommend it as a feel good story Pleasant dreams While reading The Second Date I had an amazing heart warming feeling in my chest It s a beautiful touching story not just about Sonia Amundsen the protagonist but it is also a story about her family and about her roots Sonia and her family are completely ordinary people that The Lords Of Destiny you could meet around the corner onour way to the local shop but Simonsen made their lives a little less ordinary as every single person that appears in the novel is an individual a special person I like the way she focused on every person Every character that appears has a personal story to tell a history behind them traditionsbeliefs traits even if a character appears only in one chapter They re not just named characters ou need to get on with the storyThey re living breathing creatures that after reading the novel seem so familiar as if ou d met them and talked to them before I appreciate that a lot It really makes the story seem real like it s an actual family chronicle Really very very well done And Mary Simonsen is very talented in my opinion because I believe it takes some skill to create such vivid characters There are no stock or shallow characters in this story which is really amazingThe writer touched a theme that is I think a very important American subject or at least I think it is as I am not an American myself immigrants and their lives in America I personally think that her take on the colourful Italian American community is spot on Knowing Italians I think they d ap. Ars she never goes out on a second date with any of them because she is still looking for 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 family a carin. ,
With a heritage as rich as her mother s Italian food Sonia Amundsen is waiting for the perfect man At least that is what she tells herself when she pushes away perfectly good men and goes on blind dates with men she knows are unavailable But will she push away Mr Perfect when the time comes too Big boisterous Italian family brutally honest best friend and a blind date mix up come together for love Italian American styleI ve loved this author s wry humor and down to earth writing since I picked up her modern historical Searching for Pemberley I ve had The Second Date on my shelf forever and knew I would love it but it was only now that I delved into a lush colorful and heartwarming story about not just a heroine but her whole familyIn fact this is part romance and part women s fiction I say that because the romance wasn t central in story for uite a bit of it but Sonia s life and family was It transitioned at the half way point and the romance to a stronger role I point this out so the reader goes in with the right expectationsThe book actually opened with a prologue starting with Sonia s grandparents and then her parents It then told Sonia s story in past and present
of how she to be an almost thirty ear old woman looking like a Norwegian bombshell but all Italian on the inside How as a successful career woman in the publishing industry with with looks personality and talent became a serial dater And how Sonia fit into a large supportive crazy family with all their uirks and life When the hero is introduced it was a funny chance meet that tickled my fancy His history was "told albeit abruptly just like Sonia s and then the story "albeit abruptly just like Sonia s and then the story The romance was as uirky as their earlier separate stories I loved how he worked past Sonia s issues and she does have them The whole point was to get Sonia to have a second date with the same guy He definitely worked for it and then there was a surprise twist that opened Sonia s eyes I enjoyed this pair together especially once their force of nature families were part of itAt the point where I was exposed to her dumping perfectly great guys and going out with tons of guys on blind dates at her favorite restaurants it might seem like she s a user Sonia wasn t using these guys she dated and she generally helped put them in a better spot to have their own chance at happiness afterward And es she went out with and ended up walking away from a few worthy guys but she stopped when it stopped working for her She knew what she wanted and I applaud her for not just settling She s a sweetheart too so that helpedFor those who love big humorous family stories that is very much present I definitely loved this as much as Sonia s eventual romance There were some definite laugh out loud moments food fights family and community traditions and so many times I was nodding and sighing because it was all to familiar I just wanted to settle back and enjoy being in this familiar feeling world and keep reading about the family antics tradition and love Those who enjoy this style of romance set in the middle of a family story should definitely give this a go I thoroughly enjoyed Mary Lydon Simonsen s newest novel The Second Date because so much of it was familiar to me the formal living room that is never used the wooden spoon utilized as a weapon the horror of a son or daughter bringing home a Jewish date and the Italian American Club For any reader who grew up in an Italian American community in the 80 s or 90 s The Second Date is full of stories that are delightful and reminiscent of a time not so far gone You might even recognize some of the charactersSonia Amundsen doesn t look Italian and her name certainly doesn t sound Italian but she is No one can understand why Sonia tall blonde beautiful loving and intelligent is nearing her thirtieth birthday and hasn t et found true love Helpful friends and relative set her up on a series of blind dates which Sonia views as excellent fodder for the novels she writes but not a likely source of romance for herself In fact Sonia has never gone on a second date with any of these men and now views The Second Date almost superstitiously as the hallmark of Mr RightThe Second Date is than just a comedy romance revolving around Sonia s dating adventures and the advent of the fellow who just might be her perfect match it is an endearing web of family 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 friends have been setting her up on blind dates for two e.Vignettes Of How She