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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Sweet, and Accurate Take on Modern Relationships
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun tale of complicated relationships, sisterly squabbles, and self discovery.
The book is written from the perspective of thirty-something Diana, a Washington D.C. vintage clothing store owner. It delves into the relationships she has with Phillip and Harry, two very different attorneys. In her musings, Diana compares the safety,...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, easy summer reading
This book was so predictable it could be read while sleepwalking. It's hard to like or admire the main character - a whimpy, whiny, insecure woman who two-times her fiance. We are somehow supposed to laugh along with her and find her whimsical. Word of advice - take it out of the library or borrow it from a friend. It's not worth the money.
Published on August 3, 1999


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Sweet, and Accurate Take on Modern Relationships, November 22, 2000
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I thoroughly enjoyed this fun tale of complicated relationships, sisterly squabbles, and self discovery.
The book is written from the perspective of thirty-something Diana, a Washington D.C. vintage clothing store owner. It delves into the relationships she has with Phillip and Harry, two very different attorneys. In her musings, Diana compares the safety, connectedness, and simplicity of one relationship with the adventure, intimacy, and joy of the other. She repeadly asks herself the question -- How can a relationship be so comfortable and wonderful and yet so suffocating? This is a question I'm sure most people have asked themselves from time to time.
These dating issues are intertwined with stories of Diana's relationship with Cynthia (her understanding, underwear-modeling sister), her mother (a fashion guru/alcoholic), and Franny (her pious, overbearing, misunderstood, older sister).
Christina Bartolomeo has a great gift for characterization. I appreciate that this tale is not black and white -- rather a mix of beautiful greys. By this I mean, each character has his/her good points, bad points, sad stories, and idiosyncracies. That makes the characters real and delightful.
I can't wait to see what else Bartolomeo has in store!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a nice surprise..., February 15, 2005
This review is from: Cupid and Diana: A Novel (Paperback)
I really enjoyed reading this book and have reread it at least twelve times. It has a spunky everywoman of a heroine whose many endearing quirks (I flat-out adore any fiction heroine with unruly curly hair like mine!) include a tendency to remember special occasions in her life by the outfit she had on at the time. This vintage clothing store owner has to make the usual choice between two men - but this time with a twist. Both men have the same potential (only in different ways) to become Diana's perfect soulmate. Cupid and Diana is, in my opinion, a cut above most "chick lit" not just for its story, or even its heroine, but for the author's prose. She has an amazing gift for adding profound statements about life and love in a sweet and fresh way that just blows me away every time I read this book. My favorite example of this is when Diana states that her taste in men runs to guys who have had to wear glasses at an early age - because it "instills sweetness and empathy" - as opposed to her sister's cookie-cutter handsome jerk of a boyfriend. I loved the characterization in this book, though they hit perhaps a little too close to home in some cases, and the story played out really well. All in all, I give this book five stars. I would recommend it to someone who wanted more story and character in their love story than simply steamy boot-knockin' (although there is some of that in here too!).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!, January 31, 2000
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R. Witte (Croton-on-Hudson, New York) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cupid and Diana: A Novel (Paperback)
CUPID AND DIANA is a delightfully charming, laugh out loud story of the search for true love that reads like the best of the big screen romantic comedies of the 1940's. It is one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read, but hardly a great piece of modern lit, April 2, 2000
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This book was very enjoyable, but I thought the characterization could have been a little bit more developed. Thus, making the book a lot more longer. Also, some of the descriptions seemed to go on and on. However, I believe Diana's feelings toward her relationship with Phillip and desire to have more passion verses routine is very true among many people. I am looking forward to reading more books by Bartolomeo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable, easy summer reading, August 3, 1999
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This book was so predictable it could be read while sleepwalking. It's hard to like or admire the main character - a whimpy, whiny, insecure woman who two-times her fiance. We are somehow supposed to laugh along with her and find her whimsical. Word of advice - take it out of the library or borrow it from a friend. It's not worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have used a better editor., July 19, 1999
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This book was an entertaining, quick read. I chuckled at a few scenes and descriptions. I actually teared up at a few of the poignant descriptions of Diana's sister and grandfather. However, there were sentences that strained so hard to be grammatically correct that I had to reread them--why not just rewrite them to flow better? At least one character, Diana's sister Annette, was so extraneous that her inclusion diminished her relationship to her other sisters. Why include Annette at all? Also, her relationship with her father was so incompletely explored that Diana's reaction to him on several occasions didn't ring true. Why not leave this relationship as background color?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fluff, June 18, 1999
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This review is from: Cupid and Diana: A Novel (Paperback)
This book was too fluffy and happily-ever-after for me. It had potential, but so much was glossed over. The characters were not really developed and there was no insight into why they did some of the things they did. One part that annoyed me was the part where she became "free" from her father and he couldn't hurt her anymore. Aside from some mention of him not liking her gifts, there is so little about their relationship. The ultimate outcome was so predictable it made me laugh. This book was an easy read, but it lacked substance. And those descriptions of the plots in the soap opera were really annoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and Lovely Story, October 19, 1999
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Albeit quick and predictable, I thought this was a lovely book. The best compliment I can give it has nothing to do with the style or wit of the author but to the fact that I actually felt a little less cynical about love by the end of the book - now that's a feat!
I recommend it if you're looking for a lighthearded read that combines love, humor, family, lust and great descriptions of fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic, stylish, light read, November 4, 1999
This review is from: Cupid and Diana: A Novel (Paperback)
Cupid and Diana is an enjoyable read. I found its quick narrative infused with some great descriptive women's apparel to be delightful for a fun read . . . if you are a fan of fashion or had a Catholic upbringing - you'll definitely enjoy this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a heartwarming read, July 6, 2000
This review is from: Cupid and Diana: A Novel (Paperback)
This book was quite a satisfying read - witty and tender with just a sprinkling of bittersweet (but ultimately sweet). It was a book with character, and no shortage of style and elegance.
I only wish that there had been a bit more humour and a little less agonizing over the terribly complex and problematic relationships Diana has with EVERY OTHER character in the book! I suppose that made the book more "real", though. I would not recommend this book to readers who want their books to have a happy-sad ratio of at least 8:2!
I liked how Diana was such a spunky, far-from-perfect heroine and Harry, so irrepressibly sexy and funny and LOST.
I also loved the trials and tribulations of Campanella family (and who could forget "Covington Heights"!), and the not-so-subtle jabs at the Catholic Church are not to be missed either!
There is wonderful characterization through the eyes of the narrator, Diana - although it would have been nice to have seen things from the the viewpoint of other characters in the book.
All in all, a rather delightful picture of the many pitfalls of modern romance, traditional families, and class differences. But love prevails, ultimately ...
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Cupid and Diana: A Novel by Christina Bartolomeo (Paperback - June 10, 1999)
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