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Brava, Valentine

(Valentine #2)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  13,620 ratings  ·  1,231 reviews
“Delightful, energetic. . . . Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller.” — Boston Globe

Award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani returns with Brava, Valentine, continuing the heartwarming and hilarious story of Valentine Roncalli, her family, her love life, and the Angelini Shoe Company. Following on the heels of the New
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 9th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Mar 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Kim Peterson
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Nov 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Apr 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
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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
Mar 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Mar 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous book in the series! Loved it!
Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010
I scored a free copy of this book courtesty of a< href=" 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 custom
May 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
I received this ARC (advanced-release-copy) as a gift from the author just prior to Christmas but with the holidays didn't get to it until after Christmas. I wanted to savor every sentence and take my time with it. Having read the prequel "Very Valentine" I couldn't wait to get to it and admit I took a peak when I first got it and laughed out loud at several lines. It opens at Grandma's wedding - she is 80 yrs old and marrying a man she has been secretly involved with for several years. Her gran ...more
Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 from 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 partnershi
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Lisa Montanaro
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.
Mar 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Linda Hart
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Fun chick lit, although the morals are a little loose, and plotline a bit too predictable. Trigliana can write however this was not as good as Lucia, Lucia or Big Stone Gap. Read those books first.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I literally read it in 3 days, that’s how good this book is!! I’ve enjoyed it a little too much. Valentina is annoying sometimes but it’s understandable since the circumstances she’s been in were complicated a bit, I’ve enjoyed each character, and the little twist was heartbreaking (since I loved all the characters!) but overall an amazing read!!!
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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 eighteen books in fiction and nonfiction, published in 38 languages, making her one of the most sought after speakers in the ...more

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