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Welcome to the Pasquarello Family!

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


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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Meet the author here

Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6 to 7:30 PM
Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA 19341
Join us in the Struble Room for a reading and a book signing. Library telephone number is 610-280-2600.

Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 12 to 4 PM
Barnes & Noble Plymouth Meeting, The Metroplex, 2300 Chemical Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
The event will be a reading and book signing. Store telephone number is 610-567-2900.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7 PM
Kennett Square, PA
Josephine will be appearing at the Thunder Hill Book Club in Kennett Square to discuss Love & Loyalty with host Barbara Perzel, a 1973 graduate of West Catholic Girls High School.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 6 to 9 PM - Radio Voice Italia
Josephine will be live on Joe Morinelli's Talk Radio Program in Philadelphia at Radio Voice Italia. Host Joe Morinelli will interview Josephine about her book Love & Loyalty and her experience growing up Italian in South Philadelphia during the 1950s and 1960s.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 11 AM
Kennett Square Friends Home, Kennett Square, PA
Josephine will be joining a Book Club discussion of Love & Loyalty, with host Liz Burns.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 10 AM
Kennett Square Library, 216 E State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
The event will be a reading and a book signing. Refreshments and homemade pizzelle cookies will be served. Library telephone number is 610-444-2702.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1 PM
Barnes & Noble Concord Pike, located in the Concord Mall, 4801 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
The event will be a reading and a book signing. Homemade pizzelle cookies will be served. Store telephone number is 302-478-9677.

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 1 to 3 PM
Barnes & Noble Valley Forge, 150 W. Swedesford Road, Devon, PA 19333
The event will be a reading and book signing. Homemade pizzelle cookies will be served. Store telephone number is 610-695-6600.

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 5 PM - DelmarvaLife on WBOC-TV
Reporter, Sidney Whitfield will interview Josephine B. Pasquarello to explore her new book Love & Loyalty and her journey as an author. WBOC-TV will broadcast the show from their main studio in Salisbury, MD.

Watch the Interview with Author of Love & Loyalty Josephine Pasquarello


What People Are Saying

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.
Amy Grayhill, Activities Coordinator, Friends Home

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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