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It’s not your average family but then a true tale revealing the effects of mob violence on those left behind is not your average story either. In this not-made-for-TV drama, you’ll learn how one mother of 12 did it all on her own after her husband was murdered. Discover how she gracefully handled not only loss and grief but also shock, uncertainty, fear, and concerns about the welfare of her family—and so can you. Find out how she did the impossible—being mother, father, protector, police, financier, helper, chef, cleaner, and more as a single parent—and gain insight for your own life.
Love & Loyalty
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Share author Josephine Pasquarello’s excitement, humor, and pathos as she recounts growing up in 1950s and 1960s Philadelphia in colorful detail. Catch her passion as she skillfully paints a picture of the many characters of her neighborhood. Meet her reason for writing Love & Loyalty—her mother, Romania Pasquarello. Discover how the clan’s matriarch, the heroine of this family saga, used wisdom, timeless labor, compassion, and beauty to carry the family through hard times.
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Thank you so much for coming to the Friends Home in Kennett Square to talk about your book Love & Loyalty. The residents really enjoyed meeting you—hearing about your family heritage, upbringing, and your very strong and courageous mother.
Josephine B. Pasquarello’s book Love & Loyalty is her incredible story of growing up in an Italian family in Philadelphia. It really is the story of her truly remarkable mother who after the death of her husband, the result of a mob hit, puts all she has into raising their twelve children on her own. She is aided by her intense love for her deceased husband and for their children as well as her deep devotion to God. With this support system the children are able to survive and even thrive. The extent to which this woman is able to sacrifice for her children is almost beyond comprehension. The author describes the love the boys and girls have for their mom and for one another as well as the normal youthful rivalries that emerge. All of the events are told with language that reflects the flavor of their community. Josephine sadly indicates that after her mom’s death at 66 the family begins to fall apart, a family whose members while under their mom’s guidance had always helped and cared for one another. To derive further inspiration I have begun to reread Josephine’s wonderful story. I would recommend that others enter her world of love and loyalty by reading this book.
Love & Loyalty is a story about strength, resilience and most important…the love of a Mother for her children. Josephine Pasquarello’s stories are so vivid I can imagine being in her Mother’s (my grandmother’s) kitchen eating homemade.
Josephine Pasquarello’s book, Love & Loyalty is one of the best reads of this year. It is a great love story full of joy, pathos and humor. At the same time it is a mystery that unfolds as you laugh and cry your way through the book. Josephine has done a tremendous job developing her characters and by the end of the story you know the Pasquarello family. I heartily recommend the story to readers of all ages.
Just finished reading Love & Loyalty what a good book. I could not put it down. I already told my sister and sister-in-law to read your book. They both are getting your book on Kindle.
Thoroughly enjoyed your book Love & Loyalty, it really showed what a mother’s love and family devotion can do with the almost impossible adversity of losing her husband and raising a family of 12 children. The two coincidences of having the same name and a mother named Josephine also were too much. The adventures and stories in a neighborhood that I was a teenager also registered. I look forward to reading any other works.
I just finished Love & Loyalty and was initially disappointed. I thought I was going to be reading a juicy Mafia crime story, but that’s not what it was. I was pleasantly surprised and enamored that it turned out to be a love story about the down-to-earth Pasquarello family headed by the matriarch, their mother, Romania. It’s about a woman who loved so deeply she kept her husband’s secret from the family for a lifetime. A woman who went to great lengths to keep her 12 children together no matter what the cost. I came to know and love the Pasquarello family because the story is written in a way that brings you right into the family. You cheer for their triumphs and cry for their tragedies. I would recommend this book to everyone who holds family important. Josephine, wishing you much success with this treasure. You have a flair for storytelling.
The book was great, a must read! It was very heartfelt and brought back so many memories and it showed me just how important family really is.
What a beautifully written book. Your pain over the loss of your Father is very evident. The love you express for your Mother, her tremendous courage, determination and constant care and concern for her children was wonderfully brought to life.
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Listen to Dennis Vespi interview Josephine Pasquarello
6/19/2017 - Live Talk with Dennis Vespi on Remember Then Radio. Josephine talks about her new book Love and Loyalty, a story about an immigrant mom raising her twelve kids in the shadow of a mob crime.
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Listen to Stanley J. Moore interview about Josephine’s South Philly story
9/14/2017 - Stanley J. Moore with WTNU Radio talks with Josephine B. Pasquarello about her book. It’s a story that takes place in South Philadelphia—which is also where the radio station calls home. Josephine recounts her true family saga as told in her book “Love & Loyalty: An Immigrant Italian Mom Raising Her Family Of Twelve In The Shadow Of A Mafia Crime.”
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Check out Joe Morinelli's interview with Josephine about her book
10/25/17 - Play the exciting Radio Voice Italia interview segment. Josephine talks about her book Love & Loyalty and shares her fond memories of growing up in a family of twelve in South Philadelphia during the 50s and 60s. Radio Voice Italia is a live talk radio program promoting Italian culture worldwide.
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From The Blog
- Josphine Pasquarello included as part of exciting new documentary by Tigre HillIt is with great anticipation that we await the release of the Tigre Hill documentary, “The Corrupt And The Dead” which is said to be finished in May 2018. Josephine was interviewed as part of this new documentary about organized crime. According to Hill, the film will focus on the detrimental […]
- Love & Loyalty featured in November 8, 2017 issue of Cleveland Daily BannerJosephine B. Pasquarello honors her role model, Romania Pasquarello, in her book Love & Loyalty. The true story is set in Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s. Click on image to read the full article… […]
- Thunder Hill Book Club PresentationBarbara Perzel hosted a presentation to the book club on November 15, 2017 in Kennett Square, PA. She is a 1973 graduate of West Catholic Girls High School—Josephine’s alma mater. Special thanks to the Thunder Hill Book Club for a fun evening and their kind words: Just wanted to thank you for […]