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Feb 04, Judy rated it it was amazing. I read the complete series 3 books and really enjoyed it. I guess we all have to graduate from the School of Hard Knocks before we figure out who we really are! Iris and Lily certainly had some bumps in their paths but came out stronger because of it! Jul 25, Connie Bongiorni rated it it was amazing. I loved this book, loved the characters. Related to an Italian Catholic upbringing. Mar 25, Pam rated it did not like it. Iris and Lily is by Angela and Julie Scipioni.

This is a novel about two girls growing up. I did not like this book. I simply could not get into it. Mar 12, Anne rated it really liked it. Really enjoyed Book One. Switching between the two sisters was a great way to get perspectives of the family and kept me wanting to know what was coming next. Look forward to Books two and three. Oct 28, Nancyliz rated it liked it. I did not read this in one day. It took all summer plus September and October. I had a hard time getting into it, but it finally grabbed me. Got to have a conflict of some kind. This mom seemed particularly clueless.

The one successful marriage is traditional in a mid century way, with lots of maternal yelling and butting in, rigid but loving, so long as everyone plays their roles. Is it true that Italian families are seriously invested in their spaghetti sauce? I think many of us believed that dads from the past were excused from knowing their kids, and only expected chores and obedience. I will read the rest of the books in the series, just to see how things turned out. Apr 02, Diane rated it liked it.

This almost-six hundred page tome is the first in a trilogy about two Italian-American sisters who grow up in a large family in New York state in the 60s and 70s and in adulthood, one moved Italy and one stayed in the U. The book is written by two Italian-American sisters who grew up in a very large family in New York state in the 60s and 70s and in adulthood, one moved Italy and one stayed in the U.

I spent the first half of the book wondering just how autobiographical the book actually is This almost-six hundred page tome is the first in a trilogy about two Italian-American sisters who grow up in a large family in New York state in the 60s and 70s and in adulthood, one moved Italy and one stayed in the U.

I spent the first half of the book wondering just how autobiographical the book actually is and which sister was which. I have been unable to verify how closely the story of Iris and Lily follows the story of Angela and Julie but I am suspicious it is fairly close and perhaps enhanced with details from other similar families with which they were familiar. The story alternates between the two women, past and present and I found it difficult keeping the girls straight because they each don't have a clear persona.

Iris is older, luckier and more optimistic. Lily is younger, less fortunate and more pessimistic but other characteristics ebb and flow with the passage of time and at the whim of the author. I also had problems with their mother's situation who seems to have an unrealistically difficult time divorcing her husband in the s. Needed better editing and more distinct main characters. Apr 01, Barbara rated it really liked it. When I first started reading this book I found it boring, long and drawn out.

There was too much talk about nothing and too much detail. For example at one point there was a discussion about what type of cereal the girls would purchase with their coupons, which went on way too long. Who cares! Tell me more about the characters and their lives I wanted to scream out! Anyhow, I did not give up and continued and am glad that I did. The first part of the book contained many childhood antics and going When I first started reading this book I found it boring, long and drawn out. The first part of the book contained many childhood antics and going-ons that were somewhat interesting, and I was able to relate to them.

There were also some hardships in their lives and family turmoil - after all Iris and Lily were growing up in a family of 12 children, and this was bound to happen. Reading this story brought back memories of the s and 80s. There was humor, goofiness, sweetness, naivety, teenage issues, sisterly bonds, and lots of love in this story.

I truly began to enjoy this read! We did not learn much about the other brothers and sisters in the Capotosti family, which I found interesting. Perhaps this is because Lily and Iris were the closest in age and the other girls were older and left home before them. There was a section on the brother Henry, but we did not learn too much about him as a person or a child growing up. Anyhow, the main theme seemed to be based on the traditional Italian family whereby women were expected to marry, raise children and take care of their homes. The men were the providers.

If anyone strayed from this, they were gossiped about or put down. Feminism was in its early years during this time frame and it was interesting to read how this played out in this family. An interesting story that ended up being a really good read! I would love to read the next book in the series! Oct 22, Kathleen rated it really liked it. A novel about two sisters, who are the youngest girls of a family with 12 children.

They grew up poor and in a time where a woman's place was in the home a servant to her husband and sons. Their mother became involved in the woman's movement and decided she couldn't be a slave to her husband's home. One day she got up from the dinner table, told her husband she was leaving and walked out the door. The older girls in the family we out on their own by then so Iris and Lily were responsible for coo A novel about two sisters, who are the youngest girls of a family with 12 children.

The older girls in the family we out on their own by then so Iris and Lily were responsible for cooking, cleaning house, taking care of the three younger boys along with going to school. The book is set up with each girl telling how they saw and remembered what happened in their lives growing up.

The first book goes as far as the two of them getting married two years apart. This is the first book of three. Definitely reading the next book.

Iris & Lily: Book One (Iris & Lily, book 1) by Angela Scipioni and Julie Scipioni

Apr 15, Janet rated it really liked it. This book kept popping into feeds, which made me a little suspicious. I think someone is doing a really good job marketing through social media. But I succumbed to the advertising and read it last week. I was not enjoying the first part of the book; I found the family dynamics to be very off-putting, but as I got further into it, I increasingly liked the two main characters and the method they used for writing the book, i.

Although t This book kept popping into feeds, which made me a little suspicious. Although there were only 7 in our family, and we were much better off than their family, less strongly Catholic, and without a domineering father, I could still relate to the dynamics of growing up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s in a large, suburban Catholic family. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. May 01, Alexandra Tesluk rated it really liked it. I was really excited about the book and saved it for my vacation last month.

However, I found some of the scenes long-winded and boring. The 2nd book was better and had me rooting for both gals. So much went on in their lives I think if the series was edited into one book it would have fared better. I did enjoy many parts of it, memories of my childhood and teen years resurrected. I was happy to see how Lily and Iris handled their marr I was really excited about the book and saved it for my vacation last month.

I was happy to see how Lily and Iris handled their marriages - without spoiling it for anyone. I look forward to the new book!


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Jul 13, Cheryle rated it really liked it. I was disappointed in this book. I had read good reviews of it, but found it less than satisfying.

The story of the youngest daughters in a family of 12 children. At first the book focuses on their typical childhood in such a large family, but then the mother leaves her husband to become her own person. Can three hardheaded brothers come together to save the angel they love? Or will she be taken away? Sometimes life begins after you die. When her father suspiciously dies in an accident and her mother is brutally raped and murdered Lily has to fight for her life. When she is trapped by the man who murdered both her parents and threatens to do to her what he did to her mother Lily feels she has only one choice to avoid a fate worse than death.

Reborn to help others, Lily reappears time after time to help families in need only to die again once the families no longer need her. When Maggie hires Lily to be their new housekeeper sparks fly as the brothers and Lily learn that living and loving sometimes comes with no guarantees. When a madman targets Lily believing she has the knowledge to make him an immortal the men have to come together as a family to help save the woman they love.

Iris & Lily: Book One

Will they be able to save her and make her theirs or will she once again be taken away? Laying the brush down on the vanity, Lily pulled out a ragged journal, opening it up to a new page. Tonight all three brothers came together and talked. Allen has come so far in the past week. I will miss our quiet evenings together. Today I fixed up his bedroom upstairs as a surprise for him. He is so much stronger and getting stronger every day.

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