Very Valentine: Reviews

“Already a national bestseller and soon to be a Lifetime movie, here is a valentine from the incomparable Adriana Trigiani that readers can take into their hearts.” –Ingram Book Club Selections

“This first-in-a-trilogy is a frilly valentine to Manhattan’s picturesque West Village, starring a boisterous and charmingly contentious Italian-American family. Valentine Roncalli, adrift after a failed relationship and an aborted teaching career, becomes an apprentice to her 80-year-old grandmother, Teodora Angelini, at the tiny family shoe business. While Valentine struggles to come up with a financial plan—and shoe design—to bring the Old World operation into the 21st century, her brother, Alfred, is pushing Gram to retire and sell her building for $6 million. It’s not all business for Valentine, of course: handsome and sophisticated Roman Falconi, owner and chef at a posh restaurant, is vying for her heart. Bestselling Trigiani channels ambition and girl-power, but is surprisingly reserved—and retro—when it comes to romance: “[O]ur relationship has to build slowly and beautifully in order to hold all the joy and misery that lies ahead,” thinks Valentine. Still, this genteel and lush tale of soles and souls has loads of charm and will leave readers eager for the sequel.” –Publisher’s Weekly

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“In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family’s old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin. While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. VERY VALENTINE is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani’s trademark heart and humor.” –from BookReporter.com

“The author of the “Big Stone Gap” series and other best-selling novels, Trigiani is the definition of a much-loved author. In this novel, she starts a trilogy focused on Valentine Roncalli and her extended Italian family. After a romance that ends badly, Valentine becomes an apprentice in the family business. The Angelini Shoe Co. has been making fanciful bridal shoes since 1903, but soon will go under unless Valentine can find a plan and a product to entice modern brides. Meanwhile, her older brother wants to sell the building out from under the company CEO, their grandmother. In addition, a romance is unfolding at the pace of a slow-cooked Italian dinner. Not all that meaty, but certainly flavorful.” –Sherryl Connelly, New York Daily News staff writer

“[Trigiani] writes for a lot of women, but it’s more than girly stuff — she writes about Italian-Americans. There’s not a lot of people who do that, and she does it really well. This novel is about a woman whose family has had a shoe-making business for years . . . it’s very Italian, very New York, very fashion.” –Mario Cantone, in the New York Post

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