Very Valentine (Valentine #1)
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...more
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The entire story could have been told in 75 pages. Maybe 50. NO, I'm not kidding.
I'm sure some people enjoy endless descriptions of clothes, shoes, flowers, smells, more clothes, belts, hairstyles, hair colors, hairpins, food, more food, how to cook said food, what kind of shoes the person who was cooking the food wore, what the inside (and outside) of every @$*!ing building looked like, the history of every building Valentine went into. ...more
All of that s ...more
This first novel in a trilogy introduces us to Valentine Roncalli and her large Italian-American clan. Valentine, single and 33 years old, is an apprentice to her master shoemaker grandmother in a family business that was established in Greenwich Village in 1903 by her now deceased grandfather. Their passion and livlihood, the Angelini Shoe Company, is known for creating custon made exquisite wedding shoes.
Adriana Trigiani's books are always about Italian Americans, the mix of being American and having the Italian traditions in the family.
In Very Valentine this is told really nicely and energetic, bringing out all the beauty which I think something linked to Italy ca ...more
Con: Having not come from a large Italian family and having less than zero interest in high fashion designers and culture, I found very little to hold my interest in this novel. Along with that, the majority of the men in the book end up cheating on their spouses/significant others and the women have a "boys will be boys" attitude toward the indis ...more
Very Valentine, is about a thirty-something year old woman who has been apprenticing the shoe business from her grandmother. She has learned much but gets the ultimate education when she learns that the business is not very solid and her grandmother has used the building where they w ...more
Oh, and did I mention the shoes! Valentine, the main character, is a 34 year old shoe maker - custom wedding shoes in a family business. Adriana uses some amazing descriptions of the shoes, materials that ar ...more
I think my expectations for this were skewed by the first few sentences of the book. It begins,
"I'm not the pretty sister.
I'm no ...more
Valentine tells the story of her grandfather that ...more
Valentine quickly show ...more
-It makes me very, very proud to be Italian-American. I realize that there is much I take for granted about my upbringing that other people don't get to have. Venetian tables at weddings, Christmas Eve fish celebrations, and so on. I'm proud of both my culture and the way Trigiani describes it. Sometimes she's not so flattering, and that's even fun too.
What I didn't like:
The clothes and setting descriptions run a little too detailed. And, when authors describe fashio ...more
I have read another Trigiani book before--Queen of the Big Time--and liked it better. In this book, the author tries too hard to be witty and it distracts from the story. I like to laugh while I am reading, but when every paragraph contains sarcasm and light humor, it gets old.
I did, however, really connect to Valentine's relationship with her grandmother. I, too, was very c ...more
This was really good. Although I related to the story, I also got frustrated a few times with Roman and Valentine. I wanted so bad for them to make it work. However, their work came first, and that may not be such a bad thing.
They both worked hard and it was their priority. One owned a restaurant and the other the shoemaking business. It's amazing to see/read how it's all done. Being a business owner and trying to have a personal life.
However, Valetine finds herself in a place in her car ...more
More than anything it ends up being a love note to Manhattan.
Valentine is the middle unmarried daughter of an Italian American family. She wants to continue her grandfather's and great-grandfather's legacy of a cobbler shop in Greenwich Village which makes handmade ...more
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