Me & Issy: A Four Seasons Romance

September 6, 2022|
Me & Issy: A Four Seasons Romance by Rosalie Wise Sharp
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  • A FAMILY BUSINESS: Isadore (Issy) Sharp founded the Four Seasons empire as a world-class hotel chain, now with more than 118 properties in 47 countries, all while balancing a full family life. This touching story of a life is told through the eyes of his beloved wife and partner, Rosalie Sharp.
  • AN IMPROBABLE LIFE: Rosalie Sharp was born and raised in North Toronto, to Jewish-Polish immigrant parents who only spoke Yiddish at home. She met and married her soulmate, Isadore, in high school, and their lives together were not without trial as Isadore launched his hotel dream.
  • LOSS AND GRIEF: Rosalie and Issy suffered great loss in the death of their son Christopher to melanoma in 1978. His death partly inspired the Sharps’ philanthropic efforts for cancer research: Issy Sharp is the founder and emeritus chair of the Terry Fox Run. He also offered Fox rest along his marathon route at the Four Seasons hotels, and when Fox was frustrated that he wasn’t getting much support, Issy pledged $2 a mile and convinced 1,000 other corporations to do the same. Rosalie’s royalties from this book will be donated to the Terry Fox Foundation.


  • Hoteliers and those in the hospitality industry
  • Readers of Canadian memoirs and books about modern Canadian history
  • Members of the Toronto Jewish community
Rosalie Wise Sharp was born and raised in North Toronto, where she currently lives. Rosalie is an interior designer, writer, painter, and mother. She is the editor of Growing Up Jewish and the author of Rifke; Ceramics, Ethics & Scandal; and China to Light Up a House. Her website, showing 225 of her paintings, was ...
Title:Me & Issy: A Four Seasons Romance
Product dimensions:280 pages, 8.75 X 6.5 X 0.88 in
Shipping dimensions:280 pages, 8.75 X 6.5 X 0.88 in
Published:September 6, 2022
Publisher:ECW Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770417120

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