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Brava, Valentine: A Novel | [Adriana Trigiani]

Brava, Valentine: A Novel

Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels, called “dazzling”* and “tiramisu for the soul,” are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.
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Adriana Trigiani’s Brava Valentine has arrived just in time to blow the small-town Texas cobwebs off the family saga genre. Her affectionate and hilarious study of the Roncalli family is smart, contemporary, and cliché free. And Cassandra Campbell’s warm and emotionally rich narration captures the many colors of the threads that weave this family together perfectly.

The themes Trigiani is working with aren’t revolutionary. She’s looking at how three generations of independent, intelligent, and resourceful women sort through the complexities of nurturing and balancing self, family, career, and love. What she does that’s so refreshing is create a world that is distinctly urban, ethnic, and hip.

Told through the eyes of 30-something Valentine Roncalli, Campbell takes us inside her struggles to understand and navigate the journey to love. With her gift for emotional intimacy, expressing Valentine’s conflicts and qualities is where Campbell’s narration is most satisfying. But she also finds a great terrific range of nuances to differentiate the many voices of this big New York Italian family. Using variations in accents, pace, and tone, you know the character’s age, attitude, and role in the family easily. And watch for the Thanksgiving dinner scene — Campbell’s comic timing is as smooth and delicious as the tiramisu.

Campbell has a thoughtful warmth to her narration that fits beautifully with Trigiani’s exploration of the two-steps-forward, one-step-back path to love. Valentine Roncalli is a woman who works hard to learn and grow as a person, and Campbell opens a window into her heart that resonates, staying with you long after the story ends. —Nancy Carter

Publisher's Summary

Adriana Trigiani’s best-selling novels are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

Very Valentine, an instant New York Times bestseller and the first in a series about the life of shoemaker Valentine Roncalli introduced the contemporary family saga of the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted wedding shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903.

As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine’s dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, “the prince”, Valentine’s only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes.

Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca’s heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine’s first love and former fiancée who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her. Brava, Valentine is Trigiani’s best novel yet, delivering a hilarious and poignant mix of colorful worlds and unforgettable characters as only she can create them, proving once again she is “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction.”

©2010 Adriana Trigiani (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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    What disappointed you about Brava, Valentine?

    The story was stupid. The narrator cloyingly sweet. I couldn't tolerate listening to all of it


    Would you ever listen to anything by Adriana Trigiani again?

    Nope


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    Donna Memphis, TN, United States 02-04-13
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    This was a good one. The narrator was good also. The one thing that I didn't like is how she ended the book--yes it did have a good ending, but I prefer it when the author gives you an epilogue. Especially since she lives on once coast and he lives in another country--how does it work?

    Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

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    This was a good one. The narrator was good also. The one thing that I didn't like is how she ended the book--yes it did have a good ending, but I prefer it when the author gives you an epilogue. Especially since she lives on once coast and he lives in another country--how does it work?

    Otherwise, I enjoyed it.

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    Rhona BILLINGS, MT, United States 01-26-13
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    Would you listen to Brava, Valentine again? Why?

    I love this book and would/will listen again. I discovered Adriana Trigiani via a friend's referal and now seek her novels out. I was quickly and easily drawn into the character's emotions and lives and hated when it ended. I can't wait to read another.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brava, Valentine?

    Those on the rooftop


    Who was the most memorable character of Brava, Valentine and why?

    Grandma ... I loved Grandma's ability to impart wisdom and guidance without saying a word.


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    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 08-29-12
    Kim Fargo, ND, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2014

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    What made the experience of listening to Brava, Valentine the most enjoyable?

    Most of Trigiani's books have a strong woman as the central character, Valentine is a strong character. It made me want to listen whenever I had a second. This was a great book. I have read most of her books & love them all. I am reading "Rococo" now. I love the way that she writes. It makes me want to be Italian.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the holidays, Her writing made me feel as if I was right there around the dinner table with them.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me both laugh & cry. The characters are great.


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    Ms.Tragiani kept my attention the entire book. Excellent.

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    Wonderfully written! Great Narration!

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