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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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