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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Adriana Trigiani (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Wonderful story telling!

We enjoyed this narrative very much.It gives yet another example of the true value of the immigrants that unite America

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Beautifully written story

Loved all the history and lessons of the book. Beautifullyrics written. I enjoyed the narrators precise pronunciation as well. Excellent. 5 stars.

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Beautiful Story.

I enjoyed every part of this book: the characters, relationships, setting, and references to the opera. Excellent performance with Italian accents that enhanced the story.

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Okay Book, Nothing Special

There were parts that dragged and other parts where explanations of motivate were lacking. I did struggle to finish the last hour because I knew the outcome, which wasn't going to be pleasant. Some characters are introduced but not enough fleshing out to get to know them even though we are later told how much they mean to one of the main characters. Also but jumps in time at times. Strange, because the very beginning is extremely detailed.

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  • 06-17-21

Good but a little bit too drawn out.

I enjoyed the story however it was repetitive and seemed to drag in places. Performance and pronunciations were excellent. I got to the point that I was ready for it to end.

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  • 09-29-21

The Shoemaker’s Wife

I didn’t love this book. It felt too long and drawn out and voices in the narration really bugged me!

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Meh

Pro: an interesting set of background experiences from the lives of Italian immigrants at the turn of the last century through the end of WWII. Con: schmaltzy and overly sentimental, like a Harlequin romance. A teenager might enjoy it...a young one, maybe.

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Coincidences, coincidences..

I don't mind a coincidence in a story, but when an author uses them to bring characters together more than once- especially in a major plot change - that is bad writing. And she doesn't just use one improbable coincidence but several. When Enza makes her decision at the church I was out. I stopped listening and deleted the book.

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Sweet & Simple

I really liked the narrator. And as a lover of less detail, more dialogue and action, I appreciated how quickly the author moved through the story. With that said, it moves QUICKLY! For example, two characters fight in WWI and WWII and those years are skimmed over very quickly. Not the best book I've ever listened to on audible, but a nice listen in the car... sweet, simple, modest.

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Too wordy for my taste.

I skimmed a lot. The Story was good. But it just seemed overly long and drawn out.