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Brava, Valentine (Valentine #2)

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Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, an instant New York Times bestseller about the life of shoemaker Valentine Roncalli, was hailed by critics as "Sex and The City meets Moonstruck." (People)

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 Gi

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Published February 9th 2010 by HarperAudio (first published 2010)
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Alyssa
Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Angelc
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win this book in a Goodreads First Reads contest. I had heard great things about the first book in this series, and jumped at the chance to read the sequel. The book is a funny but heartfelt story of a young Italian American woman trying to find herself against the backdrop of her large overbearing family and the family custom shoe business.

Valentine and her grandmother had been partners in running the Angellini Shoe Company as well as roommates in the apartment above the b
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Dawn
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
None of Trigiani’s newer books has quite lived up to her original ‘Big Stone Gap’ trilogy for me. This latest offering, however, disappointed me the most. As this was the second book in a series, I’m familiar with and like the Roncalli / Angelini family, and their various friends and associates, but I felt like there was just too much ‘stuff’ going on in this book. I found many of the conflicts to be overly contrived, unnecessary to the larger story, and, often, much too easily resolved. I get t ...more
Mary
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-favorite
Brava, Valentine begins on a day filled with happiness in Tuscany. The sparkling snow that falls reflects the spirit of the Roncalli/Angelini family. Their beloved matriarch Teodora is marrying Dominic Vechiarelli. The octogenarians kept their relationship a secret for many years but finally decided to marry. Adriana Trigiani had me laughing at the family antics as they prepare for the wedding. Dominic's son is at the wedding. Gianluca Vechiarelli made quite an impression on Valentine on her las ...more
Kim Peterson
It sounded like a great book. Woman takes over the family business, finds true love and grows up emotionally, all at age 35. But I found the book riddled with stereotypes and disappointing characters.

--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
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Karen
I'm a huge Trigiani fan, and I wanted to love this book. While it is an enjoyable read, filled with her trademark lively descriptions and characters, it lacked the believability of her other books. Valentine's relationship with Giancarlo, central to the novel, was almost absent of dialogue. I never really saw the connection between the two of them - just a few love letters and too few conversations. The brother's escapade felt like a cliche - we never get to know him well enough to understand ho ...more
Diane
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author does terrific job creating characters whom the reader cares about. I like that Valentine doesn’t have it all figured it, that she struggles with family, career, love and friends. Even the minor characters are real and well-drawn, from June, the fabric cutter to Roberta, the new-found cousin to Pamela, the sister-in-law who doesn’t fit in.

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
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I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Reading an Adriana Trigiani book is like eating Godiva chocolate---decadent, delicious, and over way too quickly.

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
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Jennifer
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Upon finishing the book, I had a strong and sudden urge to watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Hmm.

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
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Gaby
Brava, Valentine is the fun, satisfying sequel to Very Valentine. Adriana Trigiani develops the characters and their relationships with sympathy and complexity.

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
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Karetchko
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked this up at the library, I thought to myself, "did I already read this?" but it turns out that this is the second book about a custom shoemaker named Valentine. It would probably work best to read both Valentine books back to back; I didn't remember everything from the last one (especially some of the secondary characters). Valentine sometimes acts like an idiot in her relationships and blames her work--it happened in the last book and it happens again in this one--but in a wa ...more
Marcia
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, x2010
Brava, Valentine, the follow-up to Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, continues the story of the Angelini family and shoemaker Valentine Roncalli. The story opened crisply and reminded me of how much I enjoyed Very Valentine. Unfortunately, a couple of the plot lines bogged down; however, the need to know how things turn out kept this reader slogging along. I believe I read somewhere that Valentine's story would be a trilogy, but I'm not sure how much more there is to tell about her and the Ange ...more
Cameran
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Brava, Valentine is the perfect sequel because I enjoyed it even more than the first book! This is what all authors should aspire to do -- they should build off of plotlines set before and expand them along with the growth of their characters. Valentine’s growth in this novel was wonderful; as a reader I took so much from her journey to discover the necessity of love when creating art, as well as her transformation to being the boss of the Angelini Shoe Company. Another favorite character of min ...more
Sarah
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
I scored a free copy of this book courtesty of a< href="http://www.bookclubgirl.com/book_club... Club Girl, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it! It's typically not a book I would have grabbed off the shelf on my own, but now I find myself wanting to get my hands on all things Adriana Trigiani. The book is a second in a series (I didn't read the first; I don't think it's necessary) following the sleek, sophisticated Valentine Roncalli.

Valentine had plans to take over the cus
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Laurel-Rain
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of Valentine's grandmother Teodora to her longtime love Dominic.

What better opening can a book give us? But the beginning is only the first course in this splendid feast of the senses, as we follow Valentine's journey in the family business. She struggles a bit after Gram leaves her and her brother Alfred in charge. Valentine is used to bowing only to her beloved Gram...and Alfred is a bit pompous, condescending, and has a quite different visio
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Sjcapanna
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Rating chick-lit is like rating the taste of water: it could technically be really bad, but it's never going to be totally life-changing and interesting. Yet, like water, you need it sometimes. But still, bland.

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
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Jennifer
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Mary
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is about the third or fourth book I have read by Adriana Trigiani. I have read all her Big Stone Gap books and look forward to the films that are being made about them.

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
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Tiffunee
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 long-distance relationship seems impossible.

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
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Kendra
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading because sometimes a story can captivate your mind and take you to a different place entirely. Brava Valentine by Adriana Trigiani did just that for me this past week. I know nothing about high end fashion, shoemaking, Italy, Buenos Aires, or cannoli, but with the wonderful descriptions in this book I was able to visualize a little bit about each of these exotic topics without any problem whatsoever, and I had so much fun doing it!

This is a soft romance novel. The tale is predictab
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Vickie
WOWEE wow wow!! I thought BIG STONE GAP was my favorite book written by Adriana Trigiani, but it is now second after having listened to BRAVA, VALENTINE. I was in love with VERY VALENTINE and became enraptured with this second of the trilogy. Now I really can't wait to see what happens in the third one whenver that one comes out. I will get it as an audiobook, too. Hell, I may go get everything Trigiani has written as an audiobook! Especially if Cassandra Campbell is narrating.
Campbell is big p
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Francesca Miroballi
I have always enjoyed Trigiani's books, mostly because I can relate to the Italian-American story lines, family sagas, ect. Up until now, my favorite book of hers has been Lucia, Lucia; however, Brava, Valentine has changed the stakes...I think it is because I relate so much to the main character, Valentina, that I now rate this is my number 1 favorite read from Trigiani.

Trigiani has written a plethora of novels and is an expert in writing about her own experiences growing up in an Italian-Amer
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Joanne
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A contemporary love story with old-fashioned values too. I was hooked from
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
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Keturah
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the second of three books in Trigiani's most recent series about Italian-Americans. I did not really like the first book in the series (Very Valentine) and I'm not a huge fan of this book either. I don't find Valentine to be a likable or very interesting main character. I am much more fond of the supporting cast of characters including Valentine's mother, her best friend, and her sisters.
Lisa Montanaro
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: part-of-a-series
Another great book in The Valentine series by Adriana Trigiani. This one is just as good as the first. I love this crazy, quirky Italian American family from NY. They drive you nuts at times and you want to shake them as they make many mistakes. But their heart is always in the right place! Looking forward to the third and last book in the series so I can find out how Valentine makes out with her family shoe company and her Italian lover Gian-Luca.
Barbara
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished this book and I loved it. I can visualize the location, the characters. The family dynamics she creates are funny and sad at the same time. It follows "Very Valentine". It also leaves the door open for another in the series. I do not know if I would recommend it to any of you readers, but it was a great escape for me.
Suzanne
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Finally Adriani is back in true form with this follow up story about Valentine. The characters were well developed... and I am now planniny my trip to Buenos Aires & New York... I guess I will go to Italy as well :) Seriously, I love how she writes, I love her character, and I love the plot. Kept me going all the way though to the final page.
Wendy
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot about building shoes from this book! Good love story.
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
At the opening of the novel, Valentine is with her family in Tuscany for the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, to Dominic. Everyone is having a hard time with this, especially Valentine, because she has to say goodbye to her grandmother, who was her roommate, her mentor, business partner, and best friend. Teodora is staying in Italy with Dominic and handing over her house and her shoe company to Valentine, but the catch is that Alfred, Valentine's brother, will be helping Valentine run the fi ...more
Jlaurenmc
Jan 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They live in New York and New Jersey. They're part of a large Italian family. They run a family business. They have ties to the "old country." Sounds like The Sopranos, but it actually describes the family in Adriana Trigiani's newest novel Brava, Valentine. It follows the first book in the Valentine series, Very Valentine, and continues to chronicle the Angelini/Roncalli family as they cook, live, and love.

Valentine Roncalli is a thirty-something shoemaker who has never been married and who has
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Beloved by millions of readers around the world for her “dazzling” novels, (USA Today) Adriana Trigiani is the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books in fiction and nonfiction. She is published in 35 countries around the world.

Adriana is also a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. “A comedy writer with a heart of gold,” (New York Times) Adriana is the award-winning d
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