Julie and Romeo by Jeanne Ray is a delightful novel revolving around two sixty-something adults, Julie Roseman and Romeo Cacciamani, both owning rival flower shops in Boston. Like the Montagues and the Capulets in the Shakespeare play which provides inspiration for this tale, their families have always been enemies. But after Romeo becomes a widower and Julie divorced from her super-charged, omnipresent erstwhile business partner-husband, they cautiously but resolutely enter into a relationship that spawns all sorts of family havoc. This is a hilarious, warm and satisfying story and is testimony to how love comes in strange ways to people of all ages. — Barbara Morrow
Romeo Cacciamani and Julie Roseman are rival florists whose families have hated each other for as long as anyone can remember, yet no one can remember why. When the two meet at a small business owners' seminar, an intense and unwavering attraction blooms between them. Unsure of what fate has in store, but deeply in love, Julie and Romeo are not about to let something as silly as a generations-long feud stand in their way. That is, until Romeo's octogenarian mother, Julie's meddling ex-husband, and a cast of grown Cacciamani and Roseman children begin to intervene with a passionate hatred that matches that of the Montagues and Capulets.
A love story for the ages – all ages – Julie and Romeo is a stunning novel of star-crossed love finally found, threatened by family, but with a profound and modern finale of delicious proportion.