Title: Brava, Valentine: A Novel
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Release Date: February 9, 2010
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Ficion
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
In this sequel to Very Valentine, Valentine Roncalli is forced to face the future of the Angelini Shoe Company without her trusted grandmother. She continues on her quest to save the family shoe company, and learns something about love, life, and family along the way.
I read Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine not too long ago and enjoyed it, so I was very eager to read the sequel, Brava, Valentine. Through Trigiani does a solid job catching up readers unfamiliar with the first novel, I think it’s necessary to read these books in order. While you may follow the story, you will miss out on a wonderful book, as well as be unable to appreciate Valentine’s wonderful character development in this novel.
Valentine’s growth was the aspect of Brava, Valentine that I enjoyed the most. Being forced to deal with the Angelini Shoe Company on her own, without her grandmother to fall back on, as well as working with her irascible brother Alfred, really made Valentine grow up. That’s not to say she was childish or anything like that, but she just didn’t have a lot of responsibility on her shoulders. She wears that responsibility very well in this novel. Her personal, professional, and emotional development are worth reading this book for, but there’s so much more delight to be found in it as well!
I also loved that more of the minor characters were fleshed out in Brava, Valentine. Since Trigiani didn’t have to spend time establishing characters, she was able to develop them and insinuate them into the readers’ mind. The motives of characters that were infuriating in the first novel, such as Alfred, come to light as the reader begins to understand and appreciate more about the complicated history of this family. It’s also nice that none of these characters are perfect. They all have their flaws, yet they are very lovable.
Brava, Valentine was a wonderful book that really was a joy to read. I can only hope that Trigiani continues with this series, as I don’t want to say goodbye to Valentine and her family and friends!