The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again - sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate - and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever .
A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.
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The storyline was pleasant but somewhat boring and I found that some of the descriptions were repetitive as though attempting to be colourful but ended up just being monotonous. The narrator's accent when she read as the Italian characters was awful and her pronunciation of practically every Italian word was incorrect. Including the city BErg-amo. Not Berg-Amo. It was distracting to say the least.
This was one of those books you can't stop listening to and thinking about. What an amazing love story and the narrator is truly amazing. She totally nails every accent!! I would probably go out of my way to find stories that Orlagh Cassidy reads.
I didn't find the story of a typical immigrant making a life and family in America very interesting. Generational it was, but almost too sweet. Never did I feel compelled to HAVE to keep reading.
So beautifully written. Love, heartache, hard work, hardship, disappointment, success and a believable happily ever after. One of the best books I have ever listened to.
In 2016 I read, or listened to 52 books, many during a cross-country road trip. The knowledge I gained motivated me to start my business!
Orlagh Cassidy brought all characters to life. This was the only fiction book I listened to out of 13 on my long road trip around the United States. Quite a nice break. Adriana Trigiani did her homework and wove in historical facts nicely.
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