So, Julie and Romeo is the story of these rival families: The Rosemans and the Cacciamanis. Why the giant feud? Why did Julie Roseman's father spit when she asked what a Cacciamani was? Noone in the family knows for sure, but many members of the family suspect it's business as usual, taken up a level. In this day and age, families don't end up fighting unless they have something in common, and here's what it is: They are both flower salesman, each having the two best flower shops in the city. One time, the Roseman's broke their window and made off with a bundle of flowers and the Cacciamanis were somehow able to erase their name in the phone book for an entire year. Not to mention the name of their shop is Romeo's, which if you do the spelling, puts them just above Roseman's in terms of listing. Then one day, Romeo Cacciamani comes up to Julie; both of whom are now in their sixties and grandparents. They've known each other for a little while; neither of them ever talked before though. However, a little invitation for coffee and now both of their families are being destroyed in denial trying to separate them.
The kissing scenes are the worst part of the book; because there are so many, there are none that are special. But still, it's impressive suspense and compelling conflict which sees both sides makes it just enough to be the best book situated in a flower shop I've ever read. I wasn't expecting this novel to be as violent or argumentative as it was. Now I know and I'll never forget that salt and soil don't work well together and that if you want to run a store in New York, lock up tight and put up cameras. Julie has an ex-husband named Mort who left her and remarried a few years back despite living with her longer than half her life and in one scene, criticizes her for how she ran the flower shop. I felt that Mort was not entirely wrong but I was never fully on his side and always felt sympathy for Julie. In simple terms, this is a date story that is a whole lot more than selling flowers and bouquets to customers but just like the Shakespeare tragedy, seems to be a doomed relationship they know they can't keep up forever. Some of the characters feel a little plastic and cutout from the original play but apart from that hag, and Mort, which is like the modern-day Tybalt, whenever a secondary character argued I could see their point and was as in conflict with the manner as Julie and Romeo were.
There's a sequel to this book, but I'm not interested in finding it. Yet. There's enough kissing, enough conflict, and enough of a story to get around right now.