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Very Valentine | [Adriana Trigiani]

Very Valentine

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.
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Publisher's Summary

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to 33-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the 21st century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals.

There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected.

Very Valentine is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.

©2009 The Glory of Everything Company; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Dorothy Newburgh, NY, United States 02-12-13
    Dorothy Newburgh, NY, United States 02-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself! I love to read or listen( audio), nothing abridged ,I want every word the author penned that is what I want.

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    "The family business"

    This was a wonderful story about siblings and resentment. In this first book of a trilogy we get to know the family can't wait for book number 2

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    Carolyn NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 03-30-10
    Carolyn NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States 03-30-10 Member Since 2007
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    "How much do you like shoes?"

    The book is mildly entertaining at times, just not enough times. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about custom made shoes. The main character's family is not like any Italian family I know. Their portrayal is almost insulting. The ending just trailed off - nothing resolved. It is a story of a very self absorbed woman. I could not relate to the heroine. I thought it was supposed to be a romance; it is not. It is just a book about how to make shoes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carla Canton, MI, United States 03-12-10
    Carla Canton, MI, United States 03-12-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Boring"

    I tried to enjoy this book, telling myself it will get better; it didn't. It was too long and drawn out. Every little thing was described over and over to the point that it was downright boring. Instead of the main character Valentine being a sympathetic and someone you wanted to see win, she was more of a whining, spoiled, self-centered, little brat. I found myself wanting to yell at her and tell her to grow up. Don't waste time with this book.

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    D Hermitage, PA, United States 07-06-09
    D Hermitage, PA, United States 07-06-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Shallow"

    I am sorry to be one of those to write a review only 9 hours into a 14 hour book. But I just don't know that I am going to bother finishing it. The whole plot just doesn't seem to have much depth. The family being childish annoying whiners! In my opinion...just because you use a lot of descriptive words does not give a book more character! I would only recommend this for maybe a beach read, something that you just want to fill time, but if you didn't get the whole way through it in a couple sittings, I think you would find that you wouldn't make time to go back to it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-28-09
    Susan Las Vegas, NV, United States 09-28-09 Member Since 2004
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    "A Real Snoozer"

    I really tried to like this book, but had to stop listening before it was finished. I found the narrator's accents irritating, and the story just wasn't interesting enough for me to give up more valuable time to it. I like Trigiani's earlier books, but it just seems like she is trying too hard here.

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