Brava, Valentine (Valentine #2)
Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, was an instant New York Times bestseller about the life of shoemaker Valentine Roncalli.
As Brava, Valentine begins, Valentine learns that Alfred, her only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner. Despite their passion for one another, a...more
Valentine and her grandmother had been partners in running the Angellini Shoe Company as well as roommates in the apartment above the b...more
This book was somehow connected to The Shoemaker's Wife. I think I should have read that one first, but I have it on my Nook to read now after I finish reading The Count of Monte Cristo.
This book was fun to read and I enjoyed all of the characters. It is about a family of Italian Americans from Queens, New York. The Grandpa...more
Trigiani comes from a close-knit Italian family herself, and she excels at the family relationships and scenes. Everyone can relate to the family dyn...more
--The loud, brash Italian family
--The gay best friend who has fabulous fashion and decorating taste and is there for supportive comments and text messages but otherwise has no story of his own
--The sexy, wise older love interest who has absolutely no sense of humor (because you can't be wise and be...more
As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, Bret Fitzpatrick, her first love and former fiancée, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer with a plan that...more
With Teodora's wedding, Valentine is now the head of Angelini Shoe Company and working with her brother, Alfred. The sibling rivalry and resentment still exist, but their close proximity gives Valentine and Alfred a chance to see each other's strengths.
While Teodora and Dominic have married and have effectively retired, Valentine and Gian...more
the first pages of this gem.
The story starts with the wedding of Valentine's grandmother on Valentine's
Day in Italy. It ends with Christmas Eve in NY’s Greenwich Village. The
family’s Thanksgiving scene is memorable.
Valentine comes for an Italian family of bridal shoe designers. This story
details her business expansion into a moderate priced line of ballet flats.
Her project includes dealing with her brother in a partnership...more
There are just some jewels of sentences in this novel! Like this one: "Computer screens are lodged amid the old-world equipment, sticking out obstrusively like pay phones in the jungle." Love it. (= And the family scenes? Totally found myself tearing up, my heart breaking over the dynamic tension that leaped off the pages.
Also, I Wikipedia-ed a lot of things, such as some of the interior designers and...more
I've read most of Adr...more
Brava, Valentine is Trigiani's best book yet, in my opinion. While her other books usually make me laugh a couple of times, Brava, Valentine had a lot more humor in it. I laughed, I cried, I finished the book in record time, totally satisfied. Trigiani has not yet released the name or publication date of the third book in the Valentine series, but Brava, Valentine does not employ a c...more
This book is the second in a trilogy about an Italian family who owns the last mom-n-pop factory in Greenwich Village. They make custom wedding shoes. The first book was fun, getting caught up in the details of the pretty shoes and learning about the wacky family. I also appreciated a fem...more
This is a soft romance novel. The tale is predictab...more
Valentine had plans to take over the cus...more
Campbell is big p...more
Trigiani has written a plethora of novels and is an expert in writing about her own experiences growing up in an Italian-Amer...more
This is the continuation of Valentine’s story. I liked the first in this Trilogy and I also liked the second. Valentine is an artist - her medium women’s shoes. If you are a creative person who enjoys some form of artistic expression you will likely appreciate the story. There are a lot of descriptive passages but I like them. I think her character would describe all she could see around her. Descriptions of scenery help to create a real place for...more
Story line, off to Italy the large American Italian Family go for Grans wedding. Selfishly Grans miserable sister spoils the wedding day as she is jealous of Gran.
Valentine falls for her mothers new step brother hard and visa-verso. However, it is very debatable if a trans-Atlantic romance will survive.
Clearing out Grans stuff at the apartment, Val...more
Adriana Trigiani has a wonderful way to draw the reader into the family and really feel the emotion that plays out within the family. There were parts I was laughing hystericaly (wedding in Tuscany) and other parts where I was tearing up (June). Wonderful writing style and description...can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Frankly, I love the character of Valentine. She's irreverent, flawed, and heartfelt. She does...more