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 Shoemaker's Wife has a promising plot which fails to fulfill its potential. By the middle of the book, I was completely tired of the perfection of the characters. It is a very sappy story. We did this book in my book group, and many members did like it - and it seemed to me that those who liked it were those whose families had a similar immigrant story. Those of us who did not share that history seemed to dislike the book. I believe the book would have been better if it were not so sweet and full of perfect people.
Justin Cronin's The Passage.
I thought the narrator had a very good accent. However, as an Italian speaker myself, I found her mispronunciations of place names, particularly Bergamo, off-putting. Otherwise, I thought she did a pretty good job.
Relief when I finished it.
Honestly, this is one of the worst books I've ever listened to. I'm baffled by the good reviews.
This story was sensational. It covered so many fascinating years and so much history in a thrilling and romantic way. The characters are unforgettable and utterly believable. I thoroughly enjoyed this work and was greatly moved by many passages. The reader had a terrific voice which made it all the more special. I highly recommend this audible.
Enza: She was a brave and generous girl who grew into a loving wife and mother. She was also a generous, loyal friend.
I don't know but it would make a wonderful movie
I loved this story and the narrator was outstanding. I felt like I was back in Italy and loved every minute of it. I will be sure to read the rest of this author's books and hope I get to listen to Orlagh Cassidy again.
Love family country
Sarah's Key. I couldn't put it down. I like the independent stories going along with the main story.
She was marvelous! I loved the accents. I really believed the characters and their feelings and personalities were obvious.
Did not read the print version
Similar to other Trigiani novels but apparently much was based on her ancestors' story.
not one in particular - did think the accent sounded authentic though
Enjoyed the vivid descriptions of scenery and the Met.
i like to read. i like to listen.
i really did not like this book....but i stuck it out to the end just to see if it would live up to the rave reviews of everyone i know. for me, it didn't.
it's hard to explain, but i felt like this book was so long and so wordy...but actually said nothing. i think it tried to tell so much, over so much time, that it couldn't really delve into any one moment in the story or into any real details about the characters so that the reader could dig in and get involved. the whole time i read this, i felt like i was floating above the story...and watching it happen in such a cursory way...but i was never able to get inside the story, experiencing it, feeling it, caring about it.
the other big flaw that i found with the novel is that i did not believe in the tragic "love story" that was supposed to be the center of this book. it didn't seem like there was real urgency or emotion or any type of drive to compel the reader to root for these two to finally get together. neither one of these two (Enza or Ciro) were all that likeable. i guess Enza had more redeeming qualities than Ciro...but i didn't really care about either one of them. and i certainly had no investment in their relationship. i felt like there was this big lead up to them finally getting together, but honestly, i didn't care if they did or not.
The author writes delicious prose and an intriguing story line, but has not researched the background for the setting. Early spring in the Alps villages do not produce asters, blackberries, etc. One does not play in the rushing, icy streams, or sit on the thawing ground - even with a blanket. The young man heading to America at 16 would not have traveled by ferry from Venice to LeHavre - there were none, and at the time of this novel, WW1 was in full swing. This was not mentioned! Travel to New York yielded a job at $8 a day with room and board? Not likely that this young man made more than the steward who oversaw the work! The young man's acquaintance aboard ship purchase flowers in New York for a future bride in Ohio (?) and rides a train through Chicago to get there? I don't think so! And on and on!!! This is driving me nuts with the lack of attention to details!
Her Italian accent was appreciated and made the work come alive. However, there was little differentiation in the voice for the variety of characters in the book.
Not if it is so poorly researched! Time and place are as important as plot and character development.
If you are bothered by works that are half baked, this is not the book for you! As romance fiction and little more, it is not too bad!
So. California native, now living in Austin, TX
I am not usually a huge fiction fan, but I fell head over heels in love with this story and the characters. I have always had a fascination with life in the Italian Alps, so that tickled that fancy for me, but the story of immigration to America was surprisingly captivating. Would I have had the courage they did?
I haven't read the print version, but I LOVED the smooth, silky voice of Orlagh Cassidy. I loved everything about this story. It is exactly my kind of book. I love fiction based on history. I loved that it didn't swear or go into any graphic sexual things. Everything was treated with dignity and respect in this story. A hard thing to find in novels any longer.
My heart ached every time they would miss each other by just a day or two. I loved the life lessons that were given. Little quotes they would throw in here and there that were so true in our own lives today.
Her voice was as smooth as silk. I found myself dreaming and saying words with Italian accents throughout the day and night.
I can't wait to start the next book by Adriana. Once I find a safe author that fills my heart with joy from listening to her books, I can't will listen to every one she has put on paper or has been recorded.
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
So many things came together to make this an enjoyable experience. Firstly, the writing was superb. We really got to know the characters intimately. Secondly, the narration was wonderful… so sensitive. Thirdly, the story was engaging and held me right through.
Can't give away anything. Many many memorable moments.
Her Italian accent is impeccable. She brings a softness to her reading that helps the reader go inside the characters' heads.
This was a wonderful book. I laughed and cried along with the characters and didn't want it to end. Just a really enjoyable experience. I will seek out other books by the same author.
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