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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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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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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-17-09
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 03-17-09 Member Since 2005

    Addicted to Audible!

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    "Very Charming"

    This is another fun book by a wondeful author. Ms. Trigiani captures the essence of Italian American life in the NYC area -I've been to Leonards many times! Her descriptions of Italian food had me salivating! Its a light happy story that will boost your spirits! The reader is sublime!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-16-10
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 05-16-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Where is Luca?"

    I looked forward to the publicatin of this book and never paid any attention to the Publisher's summary. Maybe I am an old fogey, but being like Sex in the City is not an attraction to me. And maybe that is why this book was not one of the best I have read by this author.

    I found the main characters family relations and love pssions erratic. How can she so adore her grandmother and so hate her brother? How can she be so one sided as a lover in America where the two of them are young and building their careers and then be so relaxed in Italy with another man?

    My sense is the book was not a complete story because of it being part of a trilogy. Too many fillers had to added to make it "big enough" by itself, yet many critical pieces are withheld to save for the next parts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pagsis 05-14-09
    Pagsis 05-14-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I wish Adriana narrated this book"

    I couldn't wait to read Ms. Trigiani's latest book. I have read or listened to all of her books, and I prefer her voice to Ms. Campbell's. I found her voice monotonous and her Italian accents weak. I felt I was listening to a teenager.

    The story was just ok. It seemed like I had to listen for a long time for very little to happen. I hope the next two are more action packed!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    08-07-09
    08-07-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Bella!"

    I LOVE this author and was very excited to have something new from her. I enjoyed this story which, like her others, has a strong Italian-American female as her protagonist. Trigiani is very visceral in her writing. Her love of her Italian heritage, fabrics and food and hand-crafted artisanship comes through on almost every page. Her stories center on strong, intelligent women dealing with the sort of decisions and issues most of us have faced which gives her a universal appeal. What makes this story even more wonderful for me is that about a fourth of it takes place in Italy and I always enjoy another opportunity to visit bella Italia

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 06-26-09
    Debra 06-26-09

    Love books, all kinds, all shapes, all formats! Audiobooks have made my daily commute so much less stressful! Major fan of Audible.

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    "Always a joy to read......"

    I so look forward to a new Trigiani. Her descriptions of a time, a place or a person are so clear and compelling - you feel like you are immersed in someone else's life as soon as you start to listen to one of her books. This is one of the really good ones. (My personal favorite will probably always be The Queen of the Big Time!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Oregon City, OR, USA 06-16-09
    Melody Oregon City, OR, USA 06-16-09
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    "Very Valentine"

    What a light and enjoyable book. I enjoyed the details included in the narrative. Characters believable and interesting. Makes me long to go to the isle of Capri.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu 04-25-13
    Lulu 04-25-13

    I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.

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    "Too Much of a Cliche"

    The weird thing is I liked this book when I first started reading it. The first hour or so was fine. Then it just seemed to be devolve into another retelling of "life in the typical Italian-American family". And that was too bad. The plot and characters were worth learning more about. More than their ethnic background.

    The only un-stereotypical thing about the book was that it wasn't about a crime family. But ... "hey, at least there aren't any mafioso in it" is hardly a ringing endorsement.

    I am sure there are fascinating quirks about Italian-American families, or Irish-American or African-American, but there is also a lot of commonality. And I get tired of reading books that as soon as you know the ethnic background of the family of characters you can start writing the dialog yourself. But that probably doesn't bug me nearly as much as it bugs someone actually in that ethnic group.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Szuch 05-06-12
    Carol Szuch 05-06-12 Member Since 2011

    I used to love to read but now, in retirement I'm enjoying listening to new books!

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    "KEEPS ME COMING BACK FOR MORE!"

    I didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as the 'Stone Gap" series because it isn't read by the author herself but, halfway through, I realized that Cassandra Campbell does an excellent job of staying in character while she reads the various characters' lines.

    Eagerly, I then purchased Brava Valentine in order to follow the family evolution which I have enjoyed as though reading factual history instead of fiction.

    But the best of the batch is LUCIA, LUCIA and I'm looking forward to the rest.

    Carol Szuch
    The Villages, Flloriida 32162

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karren United States 04-22-13
    Karren United States 04-22-13
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    "Disappointed!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Some lovesick women


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something with a better story and performance.


    What didn’t you like about Cassandra Campbell’s performance?

    I found her accents to be irritating.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I read the critiques and still purchased it.


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    Kathy 03-18-13
    Kathy 03-18-13
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    "Full of lovely descriptions"
    If you could sum up Very Valentine in three words, what would they be?

    Sumptuous detailed descriptions


    What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

    Just love her voice


    Any additional comments?

    Lovely story, wonderful details of food, fabric, love and family

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