Very Valentine

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Very Valentine

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"Sex and the City meets Moonstruck....Sly, sensual, and dripping in style."--People Poignant, funny, warm, and red hot, Very Valentine is a wonderful treat for Adriana Trigiani fans--a "delightful" (Boston Globe), "romance-soaked novel" (Marie Claire) from much adored playwright, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and New York Times bestselling author of Lucia, Lucia; Rococo; and Big Stone Gap. The adventures of an extraordinary and unforgettable woman as she attempts to rescue her family's struggling shoe business and find love at the same time, VeryValentine sweeps the reader from the streets of Manhattan to the picturesque hills of la bella Italia. Already a national bestseller, here is a valentine from the incomparable Trigiani that you can take into your heart.

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Very Valentine / by Adria

Very Valentine / by Adriana Trigiani (c2009) A colorful cast of characters in this story of an extended Italian-American family. Set in a current day Manhattan, this story spans 100 years of history of the Angelini Shoe Company which is now threatened by closure due to financial problems. Valentine, 33 years old, is apprentice to her Grandmother, Teodora, and must find a way to bring the family's old world-craftsmanship into the 21st century. Her love for the business comes through as she problem solves to create a new design for mass production, learn new crafting skills that will separate them from competitors, and develop her business sense to keep the business and her livelihood intact. She is also diverted by her father's bout with cancer, her brother's desire to sell the business, and her budding relationship with Italian chef Roman and romantic interests of Gianluca, an Italian leather craftsman. I was fascinated with the creativity of Valentine and her passion to keep the family business in operation and push them into the 21st century. The description of the shoes, the handcrafting process, and the history of the designs is a compelling piece of this story. Another strong draw for me is the building as a character. The old building serving as business and home and conflict as family decides what to do with it. NOTE: See the picture of Grandfather Carlo Bonicelli, shoemaker at the beginning of the book. Reminiscent of the movie -- My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Slow start with the wedding but necessary to set-up the background story and the family dynamic. First book in a trilogy continuing with Brava, Valentine (c2010). My favorite part of the book is when the movie people arrive at the shop expecting the Angelini Shoe Company to fix the show being highlighted in their film. The awe and appreciation on their faces as the learn about the shoes and select the new star of the picture always makes me smile. Sequel: Brava, Valentine (c2010) continues Valentine's story as she meets challenge after challenge in taking control of the Angelini Shoe Company. Gram is leaving for Italy to marry her long-time friend and lover leaving the company in the hands of Valentine and her brother Albert. They go head to head in business decisions as a new shoe is being designed and a production factory being located to handle mass production that will bring financial stability to the company. A surprise is waiting in Buenos Aires as it is discovered that there is a second branch of the family that noone knows about that also creates quality shoes and could be the answer that the New York store has been searching for. Valentine is struggling to grow-up while deciding what she really wants from life -- a success career or love and a family of her own. The family dynamics continue in this lovable, extended family. My favorite part of this story is packing day and the whole family joining together to lovingly wrap the shoes and send them to their customers in customized packing (starting on page 162).

So over Christmas break m

So over Christmas break my second fun-book was Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. Very Valentine is the cute and highly descriptive tale of Valentine, an Italian American living in New York with her grandmother, a famous crafter of handmade shoes. Unfortunately, Grams isn't terribly business-savvy and their about to lose their business (which they also live over). So what's a girl to do? Fall in love with a gorgeous chef, try really hard to save the business in order to spite her money-grubbing brother who's after the brownstone and plan an escape trip to Italy! The descriptions are really fantastic-- from the descriptions of the food, to the shoes, to the sprawling Italian countryside and the secret caves in Capri... all of it really made me want to plan a trip to Italy. Trigiani has also recently written a YA novel and a sequel to Very Valentine called Brava, Valentine (and apparently there is a trip to Argentina! Mayhaps we have just met book 52. Perhaps, Reader. Perhaps.

I started reading books b

I started reading books by this author because her first series was set in the area where my grandfather grew up. I kept reading because I like her style. The main character in this book is named Valentine and she makes special, one-of-a-kind wedding shoes. The book details her exploits with her big Italian family and the problems they are facing in America. The characters are both believable and likable and this is my favorite of Adriana's books thus far.

Trigiani brings us into t

Trigiani brings us into the heart of an Italian family living in New York City. Valentine lives in an apartment with her Grandmother above the family owned custom-made shoe store that they own and operate. It is a small business as they only create wedding shoes, but it has obviously proven to be a lucrative business as it has been operating for a hundred years. Valentine seems to come from a normal size Italian family with two sisters and one brother, but boy do they have big attitudes! She also seems to be the one unlucky in love as all of her siblings are married except for her. To all of her relatives she is known as the sweet girl that put her life on hold to help out her Grandmother, only to get left behind in the romance department. But there is plenty of romance in this novel to keep Valentine busy! I really enjoyed the family relationships within this novel. Although Valentine has a close knit relationship with both of her sisters you can feel the tension between her and her brother Alfred. She sees Alfred as only being around when things go wrong, so he can be the hero that picks up all of the pieces. Valentine cannot understand why Alfred feels like he always has to fix everything. I really got a kick out of both of her parents. Her mother set the tone in the family that aging is unnecessary by having the plastic surgery that no-one ever talks about. Even though her mother made a fashion statement every time she stepped out of her front door, you could feel the love that she put into that family every day of her life. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Valentine and her Grandma take a business trip to Italy. Valentine sees a side of her Grandma that she didn't know existed as they embrace the easy lifestyle of the Italian countryside. Even though they are on a business trip Valentine learns more about herself, including why her relationships keep failing. The elements in this book just worked so well together. I just loved hearing about the different types of food, fashion references, romance lost and romance found, and especially the dynamics of the family relationships. This is the first book in the trilogy and if you are a fan of Trigiani you will definitely want to pick this one up. I can't wait to read Brava, Valentine next!

Loved it! About a fun, la

Loved it! About a fun, large Italian family--it's funny, moving, and inspiring. I learned a lot about making shoes...and surprisingly found it interesting. Highly recommend! Getting ready to read the sequel, Viva, Valentine.
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