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The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel | [Adriana Trigiani]

The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past...and a secret.
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Publisher's Summary

For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This ancient business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past...and a secret.

But after the wedding celebrations are over, Valentine wakes up to the hard reality of juggling the demands of a new business and the needs of her new family. Confronted with painful choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." Now, the proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves - the bitter and the sweet of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is an unforgettable narrative about family, work, romance, and the unexpected turns of life and fate.

©2013 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Deanna Scottsdale, AZ 06-09-14
    Deanna Scottsdale, AZ 06-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Dissapointing"

    I could not tell if it was the Narrator or the Storyline-both fell short. I ordinary love both this Narrator and this Author but this book was flat. A predictable and disappointing story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-10-14
    Debra WEST SALEM, WI, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Adriana Trigiani doesn't disappoint!"

    Following the story of Valentina feels like revisiting an old friend that I haven't seen in a long time. She weaves the characters into the story line so that if you haven't read her previous books you still understand the relationships of the characters. You fall in love with all of them in their own ways and live their struggles and happiness along with them. When something happens to one of the characters you feel their emotions along with them. The narrator is excellent. After listening for awhile you know which character is speaking just by her voice. Great selection. Did not want it to end. I hope there will be another Valentina story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 12-11-13
    Mary 12-11-13

    a book lover

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    "Loved it"

    Sorry that this is the final book in the Valentine series. Trigiani's story wraps things up (to a point) and left me hoping that someday another book would join the series. I'm going to miss these characters!
    Cassandra Campbell's narration is wonderful - glad I decided to listen. Just a heads up: have some tissues nearby.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 12-07-13
    Robin 12-07-13

    Hi all. I'm in my 50's (that's relevant, i think), and I favor fiction. I like the british sensibility, and was introduced to the Forsyte Saga through audible ... loved it! I happen to also like Chinese writers, but they are not well represented yet at audible. Looking to follow readers with similar tastes ...

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    "Disappointing"

    This book fell flat for me. Perhaps that is due to a strained storyline or lack of effort by the author. Too much time spent recalling past events. Erratic character development. I would skip this one.

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    Judith Scot-Smith Girgus 02-22-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't bother"

    There is no depth to the plot line and the atrocious accents used by the reader were absurd and insulting to Italians and New Yorkers. This book was a complete waste and very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cari Gordonne Temecula, CA United States 09-04-14
    Cari Gordonne Temecula, CA United States 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Where is Valentine?"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love this character, but the storyline goes south quickly by the remaining 1/4 of the book. Valentine seems selfish throughout and I wished the reader could have seen a different outcome for her. Unfortunately, the ending was horribly sad and made me sad to see the character and storyline of her arch so drastically.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Hundred-Foot Journey


    Did Cassandra Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Good all around.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Supreme Macaroni Company?

    None.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 07-14-14
    Kathryn 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read!"
    Where does The Supreme Macaroni Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top of my list!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Supreme Macaroni Company?

    Difficult to say, many memorable thoughts flashed by me.


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    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 01-29-14
    DIANE Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada 01-29-14 Member Since 2015

    I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.

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    What other book might you compare The Supreme Macaroni Company to and why?

    I feel that Adriana's books have a similar theme and I would probably compare this book to The Shoemaker's Wife, in that both women hesitate to get involved with their husbands and then fall deeply in love with them, subsequently losing them.


    What does Cassandra Campbell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Cassandra Campbell has read most of Ms. Trigiani's books and does a good job though she does not compare to Ms. Trigiani herself.


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

    No extreme reactions this time.


    Any additional comments?

    It is frustrating when authors repeat the same theme in numerous books. It makes them to some degree, predictable. I find that somewhat annoying. However, I did enjoy the book and enjoy the characters.

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