Psychic wanderer Daria Marshall tries to ignore the dead people who follow her around everywhere-and she refuses to settle down anywhere for very long. When she visits her sister in New York City, she ends up in Astoria, where she encounters Ralph Chickalini, a lifelong Astorian and member of a large Italian family. Chickalini is mourning the loss of his father, but not the end of his recent ill-advised engagement. Their immediate attraction is tempered by his sadness and her fear of settling down, yet Daria yearns for family and stability and Ralph needs to strike out and become independent of his support system. The presence of the father's ghost adds a nice touch to the story without being too schmaltzy. The characters are fairly well drawn, and Markham (Bride Needs Groom) captures the smalltown/big city contrast of the Queens neighborhood perfectly, with local touches that really make the atmosphere come alive. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
That's Amoreby Wendy Markham
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.
Word count: 88,000 words.
Having gotten dumped by his fiancée shortly after his brother's wedding, Ralphie Chickalini wishes he were more upset. In truth, his larger pain stems from the recent death of his father, his sole surviving parent and longtime housemate. For someone who doesn't like change, Ralphie sees his whole life changing. Commitment-averse reluctant psychic Daria Marshall isn't interested in anything long-term with Ralphie-she's leaving for Phoenix in two days-but Ralphie's dead father keeps hanging around where Daria can see him. Is he trying to tell her something that will affect Ralphie's and Daria's future? Markham (Love, Suburban Style) doesn't play this one predictably, adding a few twists and sweet turns until our lovers realize home is truly where your heart is. Markham is a pseudonym for suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub.
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"Wendy Markham" is a psedonym for New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub, who has several awards, including RWA's "Rita," and published more than sixty novels under her own name and various pseudonyms. A happily married mother of two, she lives in an old house in a picturesque New York City suburb.
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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