Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani Paperback Book

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Author: Adriana Trigiani

Narrator: Cassandra Campbell

Format: Unabridged-CD, Paperback

Publisher: HarperAudio

Published: Feb 2009

Genre: Fiction - Contemporary Women

Retail Price: $39.99

Discs: 9

Synopsis

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 thirty-three-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 twenty-first 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.

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Reviews

BookLender review by Carol on 2010-03-07 12:15:35

If you love a descriptive author who weaves her story with tradition, food and fashion, this is your kind of book. I may be rating this a little higher than I normally would because I will be in Tuscany soon Adriana captures the countryside of Tuscany so vividly using familiar smells and vivid colors to being me into the moment. I enjoyed the story, even with the under-played relationships with the men in her life.