Soon to be a Lifetime original movie
“Sex and the City meets Moonstruck…this first in a new trilogy from Trigiani is sly, sensual and dripping in style.”
Poignant, funny, warm, and red hot, Very Valentine is a wonderful treat for Adriana Trigiani fans—a “delightful” (Boston Globe), “romance-soaked novel” (Marie Claire) from much adored playwright, screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and New York Times bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife, All the Stars in the Heavens and The Supreme Macaroni Company. 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 Italy. Here is yet another novel from the incomparable Trigiani that will steal your heart.
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: 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.
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I love this book
This is definitely the best book ever!
Couldn't put this book down!
My mother introduced me to Adriana's books and I LOVE every single one that I've read. Very Valentine was incredible. I can't wait to read, Brava, Valentine!
I am 100% Italian and I can thoroughly relate to the characters in her stories. It's great to read Italian dialect words like agita, moppeen, etc. intertwined throughout her books. It brings me back to my life growing up in a large Italian family.
She is a talented author who keeps her readers entertained, intrigued and wanting more!
I listened to this as an audiobook and loved it. I would especially recommend that version. The characters are so real that I look forward to the sequel and the descriptions of Italy are so vivid I wish I could visit.