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The Witch of Little Italy

By: Suzanne Palmieri
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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Publisher's Summary

A sparkling debut that will make you believe in the power of love, family, and magic.

In Suzanne Palmieri’s charming novel The Witch of Little Italy, you will be bewitched by the Amore women. When young Eleanor Amore finds herself pregnant, she returns home to her estranged family in the Bronx, called by the "Sight" they share, which now grows strong within her. She has only been back once before, when she was 10 years old, and while everyone else remembers that summer of sun-drenched beaches, laughter, and cartwheels, Eleanor can’t recall anything earlier than the moment she left the house on her last day there.

With her past now coming back to her in flashes, she becomes obsessed with recapturing those memories. Aided by her childhood sweetheart, she learns the secrets still haunting her magical family, secrets buried so deep no one knows how they began. In the process, she unlocks a mystery over 50 years old - The Day the Amores Died - and reveals once and for all a truth that will either heal or shatter the Amore clan.

©2013 Suzanne Palmieri (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Charming and enchanting - The Witch of Little Italy drew me in from page one. A magical story of family, secrets, loss and rediscovery written in beautiful prose and sprinkled with effervescent characters you won't soon forget. Palmieri nimbly blends the past and present to concoct a delicious spell of a story that will appeal to fans of Sarah Addison Allen and other fabulously entertaining novels." (Karen White, New York Times best-selling author of The Beach Trees)

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Kept me entertained......

This was a good book - not great but good. The narration by Cassandra Campbell made it and the charm of the Italian aunts and New York home were very good; also the beach home was great too.
The sick boyfriend was really sick and there were parts that were tied up in family history that took a long time to uncover - lots of detail that was sometimes critical to the story but easy to miss. Felt like a long time waiting for things to happen in this book and not always sure where it was headed, but lacking true suspense.
I had this in my wish list for a long time and I'm glad I finally read it. A decent read though not sure I would recommend.....

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Magical mystery.....

I liked this book. I had to back it up...and give it a second listen. I was confused by some of the characters, not the main ones but names I couldn't figure out who they were. Then there was Liz. There is a mystery history here...and it takes it to the end of the book to find out what the heck happened. But I like the story and I like Cassandra Campbell's narration.

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Can't Listen, but at Least I Learned A Lesson

I couldn't get through the first chapter, due to the narrator. The story sounds cute and fun, but I just can't listen. Wish I hadn't waited to listen until it was too long past to return it. Ah, well, learned that lesson for a credit I guess.

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Not a Bronx accent

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book for the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Itsy because she did what she had to do to protect her family.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I hoped to listen to this book and be brought home to the Bronx. Her accent was awful. It was Brooklyn if it was New York at all. I found it distracting and had to push past it to follow the story. I would have enjoyed the book so much more if it had been narrated properly. I usually have no problem with narrators but really I was waiting for Anthony to offer me a Chunky.

Who was the most memorable character of The Witch of Little Italy and why?

Ellie of course

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Suzanne must have it too

This story was very enjoyable, not only for the Italian references, for the description of the "sight" that many Italian women know.

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Beautiful heartfelt generational story of women and brother George. Family secrets. Love. Heartbreak. New life. Death. Relationships. Mother daughter. Sisters. So good.

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A magical story about the things we do for family

This is a story about family and a splash of a love story. Like most real families, the story wasn't always pretty. It was tragic at times and absolutely wonderful most others.

No. The main character isn't my favorite, but she seems like a real person. She falls into an unfortunate relationship being completely insecure about who she is to begin with, and turns to her family for help once she finally realizes that she deserves better.

This is a perfect story for the reader who seeks a magical story about a beautiful flawed family.

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Wonderful story about gifts.

The store felt believable. All families have issues and the funny part of that is that makes them perfectly normal. This family was also perfectly lovable.

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the story is okay but...

The story is okay but it made one of the characters who was in their 20s sound like a 10 year old. I do get what the author was going for but it was a little off putting to me. I enjoyed the aspect of magic that wasn't "let me pull my wand out and move that object with my mind." Don't get me wrong. I enjoy that too but this just seemed a bit more believable. Would I read another book with these characters, yes because in the end they seemed to "grow up" and if the story continues I think I would enjoy it because of the rest of the characters and the plot.

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Ohhhh now I understand

I really liked this book. The characters are easy to get attached to and there is a mystery running to the very end. I really like the narrator who was very expressive and gave life to the characters. Suzanne is a great writer and does conversations really well.