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Very Valentine

(Valentine #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  18,213 ratings  ·  2,030 reviews
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, Very Valentine sweeps the reader from the streets of Manhattan to the picturesque hills of la bella Italia.
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published February 3rd 2009 by Harper
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Jun 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
Very Valentine is my personal definition of a Boring Book.
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.
Jan 17, 2010 rated it it was ok
I've got two real big bad bones to pick with this book. Bone 1: In Rococo, Ms. Trigiana seems to have made an extremely unfortunate change in writing style, moving away from great heart-and-soul character portrayals and relationships into very detailed descriptions of stuff. In Very Valentine this disease of Descriptomania gets way worse and not only fails to advance the story, but bogs it down utterly. Now a description here and there of a view or outfit might add something to the atmosphere of ...more
Aug 22, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You will enjoy this book if you are interested in:

-Shoe making
-Food and cooking
-Clothing and fashion
-Tepid romance and realistic relationships
-Big Italian family vibes
-All things Italian really
-The general monotony of every day life

You will not enjoy this book if you are interested in:
-Interesting plot
-Dynamic characters
-Heartwarming romance/relationships
-Escaping the general monotony of every day life

I am in the latter category and skimmed almost this entire thing. What a yawn fest.
Feb 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
I checked this out when I was sick a week or so ago--just wanted a light, easy read. But I found Very Valentine to drag. It was so bogged down in details that I found to be totally superfluous. (Not the shoemaking details--those were interesting, but in all the other little things Trigiana takes pains to describe.) The chemistry between the main character and her beau was also nonexistant for me. It seemed like a superficial, flighty relationship that I couldn't buy into. I ended up skimming thi ...more
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I freely admit that I probably picked this book for the wrong reasons. (1) it was Valentine's Day, and this book has the word Valentine in the title! (2) the author offered a walking tour in Manhattan on one of the sites I visit, which I thought was pretty cool. (3) The main character makes custom wedding shoes, and if you follow my reviews, you've probably noticed that in the months leading up to my wedding I'm a bit of a sucker for books related to weddings, however tangentially.

All of that s
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The sign over the shop used to say Angelini Shoes, Greenwich Village since 1903, but after years of weathering , it now says Angel Shoes. This is the setting for much of this heart-warming story and the inspiration for a new endeavor. Valentine and her 80 year old grandmother, Teodora Angelini, in the family tradition are custom makers of wedding shoes. When Teodora tells her granddaughter, Valentine, that things are not too good financially, she is shocked. Valentine had thought things would go ...more
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
On the surface, it seems like I would like this book about an Italian-American woman learning the family shoemaking business and looking for love. However, it just wasn't my kind of book. There was too much detail about clothing and room decor--I don't really care that the eldest daughter was wearing a cream wool pencil skirt, a cream cashmere cardigan, pearls, silver bangles on her wrist, and a cream embossed leather shoe with black piping on the vamp. Don't care! The similies and metaphors als ...more
Sarah Beth
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Adriana Trigiani is a favorite writer of mine. But I really felt Very valentine fell short. I normally enjoy the painting of a scene by an author. It brings me into the scene and makes feel part of the book. But her minute detail description of every little thing just made me think, "get to the point already." Maybe I was just an impatient reader this time but the entire story of the book could have been told in under 50 pages sans the flowery descriptions ... I wanted more depth. I never really ...more
Camille Maio
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Adriana Trigiani and it won't be my last. In fact, I can see her quickly skyrocketing to a favorite status. This book immersed me right away with the familiar world of New York and the Italian-American family, but with a depth that I'm not even exposed to. I was excited to find out that this is the first in a trilogy - because I didn't want it to end. ...more
Mar 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
I am a fan of the Big Stone Gap series as well as some of her stand-alones and so I high hopes for this one. What a disappointment. The excessive attention to superfluous detail made me want to scream. I had heard that the book was very descriptive but I had no idea of the extent.

Do I really need to know what every character in every scene is wearing? I was subjected in mind-numbing detail about everything I never wanted to know about the outfits these characters wore throughout the book. Do I
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.0 out of 5 stars - Made me crave Italian food and want some new, custom-made shoes!

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.

Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This was a light and fluffy read. I picked it up because it is almost Valentine's Day, but it had nothing to do about the holiday. It was all about an unmarried Italian girl, named Valentine.

There were two main things I liked. I liked the story line. Valentine is a the granddaughter of a shoemaker and follows along into the family business, which it turns out she is good at it. I loved the family relationships. Cassandra Campbell did the audio narration and she did a great job. I loved her diff
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although I might have put this in the “chick lit” category, I was pleasantly surprised that it became a good book for book club discussion.
Multi-generational women and how they dealt with life, work and family made for great topics because our group could relate to these issues.
Valentine’s dilemma is how to continue tradition while trying to thrive in the contemporary business world, while trying to have a personal life.
This was a perfect fit in terms of the stress-free reading.
Christina Santorello
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love a good Italian American novel! Family, food, travel + a little romance tale to keep me curious.
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Pro: The seniors in my book group enjoyed reading this book and are interested in continuing the trilogy, along with reading other titles by Trigiani.

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
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
First, let me state that I loved Lucia, Lucia when it came out. I think that Ms. Trigiani writes the best stories about Italian American families in the U.S. They are quite charming, honest, and often a one-sit read.

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
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
Valentine Roncalli is part of a large, close-knit Italian American family. She quits her teaching job to become her grandmother’s apprentice and partner in the family’s Angelini Shoe Company. Makers of custom made wedding shoes, the company was founded in 1903 by her grandfather. However, Valentine soon learns that the company is experiencing serious financial problems. It’s up to Valentine to attempt to guide the company into the 21st century while also juggling family issues and the romantic a ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Trigiani is one of my favorite authors! Her writing is so beautiful. "Sensual" is the perfect word to describe how she writes about everything from what's cooking on the stove to the view of the ocean on Capri to how leather is cut for a shoe. The continuing saga of an Italian American family who own the Angelini Shoe company in New York. Romance (clean), family relationships across generations, characters you fall in love with - I didn't want it to end and I'm moving directly on to the sequel! ...more
Feb 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable characters and interesting information on how hand made shoes are crafted.
I want to go to Capri now !
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this story!!!
May 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Valentine is a dynamic protagonist - she is pushed to taking her family business into the current century by financial pressures but then learns she has a real head for business and a true passion for the artistry of the craft of custom shoe design. I found myself rooting for her from the start whether in her struggles with the business or her relationship with the complicated and ambitious Roman Falconi. When she traveled to Italy (a dream of mine!) and observed ho ...more
Jan 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa, planned-2012
Happy energy. The feeling you get that makes you realize you feel happy and knowing the reason that makes you feel happy. That's what I had while reading this book. This i my second or third Trigiani book. the first being Lucia, Lucia.
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
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
I learned that there is actually a custom-made wedding shoe industry. I had to look it up on the internet to be sure. I could not picture all the glitz, glamour, and bling that this book describes. I even took my computer to library book club to show them some of the pictures. The story line is about Valentine, a 30+ single woman who is "married to" the family shoe making business run by her grandmother. There are love interests in the lives of both women. The clothes people wear are described a ...more
Susan Dodd
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! I'm almost done. Adriana Trigiani is an amazing writer. Always based around Italy/Italians/Italian/Family food and cooking. I can't wait to visit Italy one day and can't stop thinking about it since I've been reading this book. Not to mention all the Italian food I'm craving!
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
Feb 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
A very fun read. I loved the realtionship between Valentine and her grandmother, it made me miss my grndma so much though! Adriana has a fun and unique voice as a writer, and I liked her unconventional heroine, Valentine. I also liked that this romance wasn't quite what I'd expected and left me wanting to read more about Valentine and her adventures. This book also left me with an unsatiable hunger for pasta, new shoes, and a trip to Italy. ...more
Feb 22, 2009 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this book because I always wished I was Italian. haha. Seriously. I enjoy that the setting is in NY, it makes me want to go visit. I enjoyed this book but I'm not sure I loved the ending. ...more
Apr 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a nice story but at times I felt like there was no real passage of time & then bam-we were a year into the story. I liked the details about the shoes & loved the Italy part but it left me wanting more....I wish we could do 1/2 stars-I would give it a 3.5....
Sandra Sandifur
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was ok
More than I wanted to know about making shoes.
Feb 04, 2010 added it
I couldn't get into it so I stopped reading it. Next! ...more
Carol Storm
Dec 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
Did you know there's more to the Italian-American experience than The Godfather and The Sopranos? There's also third-rate chick lit and nauseating sentimentality!

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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her "dazzling" novels (USA Today), Adriana Trigiani is "a master of palpable and visual detail" (Washington Post) and "a comedy writer with a heart of gold" (New York Times). She is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty books of fiction and nonfiction, including her latest, The Good Left Undone- an instant New York Times best seller, Bo ...more

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