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Review: Very Valentine

February 17, 2009


Thirty-three year old Valentine Roncalli lives and works with her grandmother in Greenwich Village.  Valentine is an apprentice in her family’s custom made wedding shoe business, Angelini Shoes.  The company has been in business for years, but is on the brink of bankruptcy.  Valentine’s brother is a successful businessman and he thinks he knows all of the answers, even though he’s never worked in the shoe business.   When a movie being filmed nearby is desperate for shoes, Angelini Shoes provides them with a pair.  This leads to an invitation to compete for a place in Bergdorf Goodman’s Christmas window.

Valentine sees the Bergdorf competition as a chance to save the company.  She works on a design and travels to Italy with her grandmother to select the finest materials to make the shoes.  She discovers a wonderful secret about her grandmother and learns much about herself on the journey.

Along with trying to save the  shoe company, Valentine has to deal with two sisters, her parents, her brother and a new boyfriend.

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani is the first book in a new trilogy.  No one can write about families the way Trigiani can.  She reveals the love, frustration and loyalty that all families share.  She is also a master at creating characters that you become emotionally involved with.  This book has wonderful descriptions of food, clothing and shoes.  It made me want to travel to Capri to buy a pair of custom made shoes.  This was not my favorite of Adriana Trigiani’s books (that would be Lucia, Lucia) but I thought it was very enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in the trilogy.

Here’s a video of Adriana Trigiani talking about the book:

Review copy provided by the author’s publicist.

33 Comments leave one →
  1. February 17, 2009 6:49 am

    I really liked this book. Great review!

  2. February 17, 2009 7:06 am

    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I’ve heard good things about this author, but haven’t read any of her books yet.

  3. February 17, 2009 7:36 am

    I know this is blasphemous living in VA, but I’ve never read any of her books. My sister has read her Big Stone Gap books and keeps asking me to. I really need to add her to my TBR.

  4. February 17, 2009 7:39 am

    Great review. I don’t think it was my favorite either, but I definitely liked it enough to continue with the series. I need to write this review today!

  5. February 17, 2009 7:41 am

    Great review! I just loved the book and Lucia, Lucia is very, very, good also. Thanks for the video, it’s fun to actually hear her voice.

  6. February 17, 2009 7:53 am

    I’ve never read any of her books either. I’ll keep them in mind. Thanks for the review

  7. February 17, 2009 8:39 am

    I’ve never read any of her books, I’ll have to see if my library carries any of them (because I’m still not done with my Ban on Spending!)… =)

  8. February 17, 2009 8:42 am

    Sounds wonderful. I wonder why they didn’t feature shoes on the cover? I’ve only read the first of the Big Stone Gap books.

  9. February 17, 2009 9:00 am

    As usual, I have a book or two of her’s that I have not read yet. But a great review and I loved her in that video.

  10. February 17, 2009 9:12 am

    Very good review! This sounds like a series I’d enjoy.

  11. February 17, 2009 9:18 am

    I adore her, and I can’t wait to read this one! 🙂 I’ve entered to win it, so maybe luck will be on my side… otherwise, I’ll break down and buy a copy!

  12. Gwendolyn B. permalink
    February 17, 2009 9:19 am

    I really like the Big Stone Gap books, but I haven’t read LUCIA, LUCIA. Guess I better put that on my list . . . along with this one!

  13. February 17, 2009 9:21 am

    Me again. I like Lucia, Lucia too.
    Very Valentine had me with the first two sentences!

  14. stacybuckeye permalink
    February 17, 2009 10:43 am

    I really need to add her my list! Okay, done.

  15. February 17, 2009 10:56 am

    I want to go to Capri and get custom made shoes!

  16. February 17, 2009 11:00 am

    Sounds like a good read, and anything about Italy is just for me.

  17. February 17, 2009 11:58 am

    I’ve never read anything by this author either, but this book sounds really good! Thanks for the heads up. =)

  18. February 17, 2009 12:08 pm

    I kind of see this book everywhere in the blog world!

  19. February 17, 2009 12:09 pm

    I’ve enjoyed Adriana Trigiani for years, and our book club had two separate chats with her over the years. I’ve not yet read Very Valentine but do have it on my ‘get list’.

  20. February 17, 2009 12:16 pm

    I have never read Trigiani. I really want to read this one. I sure love the cover of the book. Nice review!

  21. February 17, 2009 12:58 pm

    Oooh, this does sound good, I have never read any of this author’s books before. I think I’m missing out! I’m going to put this on my wish list….

  22. February 17, 2009 1:42 pm

    I just finished this one and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read anything of hers beyond the Big Stone Gap series, but you have made me want to pick up Lucia, Lucia.

  23. February 17, 2009 2:06 pm

    Nice Review Kathy! I just reviewed Very Valentine on Valentine’s Day. I loved it. I wanted a pair of shoes from Capri as well!! I liked Lucia, Lucia as well but my favorite is Queen of the Big Time and The Big Stone Gap series.

  24. February 17, 2009 4:34 pm

    I’m intrigued and its more than a little because of the shoes 🙂

  25. February 17, 2009 5:05 pm

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about this writer but I’ve never read any of her books. This sounds good—glad you enjoyed it.

  26. February 17, 2009 5:30 pm

    I’m glad you liked this one! I’ve got it from the library, I need to read it before I have to return it!

  27. February 17, 2009 9:42 pm

    I’ve really gotta try this author. This book sounds wonderful!

  28. February 18, 2009 10:32 am

    What a wonderful review. That alone made me want to read the book but the interview with the author – wow – now I have to OWN the book. Thank you.

  29. February 18, 2009 10:39 am

    Trilogy? Did someone mention a trilogy? LOL – you know I’m a sucker for things like this, Kathy!

  30. February 19, 2009 5:55 pm

    This sounds like a book that I would enjoy. The only book that I read by Trigiani was Queen of the Big Time and I really liked it. Thanks for the review!

  31. fleurfisher permalink
    February 21, 2009 4:16 pm

    Great review! This book hasn’t had much coverage in the UK and I hadn’t realised it was out. It’s on my wishlist now.

  32. February 22, 2009 10:50 am

    I just finished this last night and I loved it! Now I’m going to have to check out “Lucia, Lucia” if you say it’s even better!

    Marta’s Meanderings

  33. February 22, 2009 11:51 pm

    Kathy – this book sounds wonderful! I’m going to have to see if I can find a copy!

    🙂 Wendi

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