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Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani
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Apr 04, 09

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Read in April, 2009

Adriana Trigiani continues to be one of my favourite authors!

The Roncalli and Angelini families are an Italian/American clan with the feistiness, bravado and audacity that comes with hard-working families of long lineage yet embrace the love and commitment of their heritage and love for each other.

Thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli lives with her 80-year-old grandmother, Teodora Angelini in Greenwich Village running the family’s shoe company. The Angelini Shoe Company has been hand-crafting exquisite wedding shoes since 1903 which is now under threat of financial collapse. Under the tutledge of her grandmother, the master artisan, Valentine is determined to apprentice and learn all she can in order to bring the business out of financial hardship.

Along the way Valentine becomes involved in an uncertain relationship and is tasked with creating a one-of-a-kind shoe to win a competition. The Bergdorf Goodman store is hosting a contest and the prize is having the winner’s shoes adorn their Christmas window display, a phenomenal opportunity for a small, one-family shoe store like Angelini’s.

Valentine flies to Italy with Teodora for her yearly buying spree so she can learn new techniques and find one-of-a-kind materials to build a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals in the Bergdorf Goodman competition. From Tuscany, to Naples to the wonderful Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed and the beloved Angelini Company is turned upside down.

Written with vivid detail and luscious description, you can feel the Tuscan sun, smell the salt water from the sea, taste the savoury Italian food, and see in stunning detail the fabric and materials of the Italian couturiers.

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