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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This is the first novel I have read by Adriana Trigiani, and it will not be my last. Her attention to detail and ability to describe the setting kept me engaged and wanting more. The dialogue between the characters was beautiful, without being too much like a soap opera. It was realistic. I fell in love with the love story between Ciro and Enza, which made it hard to put the book down or stop listening. In regards to the narrator, her accent had me wishing I was Italian myself. She read a little slow for me, but that gave me the chance to really savor the beauty that unfolded in The Shoemaker's Wife. I definitely recommend this novel.
This is my all-time favorite. I've listened to it four times and will again. Vivid descriptions that paints a picture in your mind. You can almost smell the air on the Italian mountain and taste the food. It's a story of family, love, friendship and a journey to America.
This was a good story about a family with some struggles but mostly happy. A bit jumpy and wordy, but ok. The narration was good with one pet peeve, a mistake for which I blame the producer. Any good person of Eastern European descent could give you the proper pronunciation of povitica. It is not po-VIT-i-cah. It is po-vi-TEET-sa. That's an easy check in a book with several foreign languages included. I'm sure they checked on the Italian. Why skip over the others?
Sarah J Wells
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. The narrator was exquisite. Her accents and voices were amazing. The story was beautiful,
I highly recommend it.
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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