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 Shoemakers Wife is a sweet historical romance. Covering a time period from the turn of the century 1900 to the end of WW2 it conveys some of the detail of that era. At times it reads like a travel brochure. What it lacks in intensity is well supplemented by Orlagh Cassidy's excellent narration. Not only is she able to give each character a unique voice but she builds their personalities through her timing, inflections, and expressive delivery of their dialogue. Thank you both for sharing this book.
My book club chose this book. Although I finished it I found it to be tiresome to get through and am happy I'm done with it. To me the characters were two dimensional and I didn't really care about them. They were either perfect or they were bullies... there was no middle ground. And the good fortune that fell to Enza (ie the Met) and her perfect son was hard to believe. Trigliai's habit of describing every little teeny tiny thing you can..bored me to tears, and made the book double the length it needed to be.
I would not recommend it.
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Story captured me from the moment it started. Both Ciro and Enza's stories separately and together were well written with great detail and descriptions.
Wonderful. The accents were authentic without being overbearing. Ms.Cassidy has a gift for spinning a tale into an enchanting journey with her lilting, soothing voice.
Enza and Ciro both were memorable and their story was beautiful.
This is one of the most beautifully written and preformed books I've read in a long time. Lovely story. I wept, laughed and was completed satisfied by the story's end. Highly recommend it!
A heartwarming story of the love relationship between two people during extremely difficult times in the early part of the 20th century located in Italy
I'm not even sure why I listened to the whole book, except that i kept hoping it would get better. The story was depressing, the descriptions went on and on, and the narrator was monotonous.
Nostalgic, Sad, Inspiring
Ms Trigiani captured well the trials and tribulations of Italians in a new land. The relationship between Ciro and his wife was lovely and I will read this again because there are so many nuances. Loved this book. Well Done!
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