Very Valentine – Adriana Trigiani

Title: Very Valentine: A Novel
Author: Adriana Trigiani
ISBN: 9780061257056
Pages: 384
Release Date: January 31, 2009
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

Valentine Roncalli works in New York City at her family’s shoe shop, Angelini Shoes.  Along with her grandmother, Valentine makes custom wedding shoes for brides.  Their business isn’t large (after all, handmade shoes are impossible to mass-produce), but Valentine loves the work and feels that she was made to do this job. 

However, Valentine is shocked to discover that her family’s company is in deep debt, and that they are in danger of losing the company.  She makes the decision to find a way to save her family’s company, and thus embarks on a journey to discover life, love, and above all, shoes.

Review:

I’ve been hearing a lot about Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine ever since it came out, and after reading it, I know why.  Trigiani has created an appealing and lovable main character in Valentine.  Though she does have a dream job, it’s easy to identify with her hopes and fears.  She is very well written and will easily be able to carry the Valentine series.

One of the highlights of Very Valentine was being able to learn about the world of custom made shoes.  It’s wonderful enough to read the descriptions of how Valentine works with customers in order to make their dream shoes, but when she goes to Italy to look for material, it’s simply amazing.  Trigiani did an excellent job balancing the smallest details with the need to keep the novel moving at a swift pace.

The secondary characters in Very Valentine are interesting, but weren’t as well explored as I would have hoped.  Roman is the character the reader gets to know the best, and he’s definitely a likable guy (though realistically flawed).  Still, Valentine’s huge Italian family is great and really provides a colorful cast of characters for the novel.

Very Valentine was a fun, modern novel about a strong and capable woman.  I highly recommend it for any fans of women’s fiction, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Brava Valentine!

Comments

  1. You don’t have to tell me twice, if it about shoes! I’ve been hearing about this book too, and it completely appeals to me. Wasn’t there also some stuff in there about food too? My two favorite subjects.

  2. You don’t have to tell me twice, if it about shoes! I’ve been hearing about this book too, and it completely appeals to me. Wasn’t there also some stuff in there about food too? My two favorite subjects.

  3. As I read this, I longed for a pair of custom made shoes! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  4. As I read this, I longed for a pair of custom made shoes! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

  5. I’ve been meaning to read this book and the next in the series. I’ve read some other books by the author. Anyway, a book about shoes is great. I don’t wear great shoes anymore (feet just too old), but I sure did love them in my 20’s. I still love looking at them. My favorite place to look is Nordstrom’s shoe area. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  6. I’ve been meaning to read this book and the next in the series. I’ve read some other books by the author. Anyway, a book about shoes is great. I don’t wear great shoes anymore (feet just too old), but I sure did love them in my 20’s. I still love looking at them. My favorite place to look is Nordstrom’s shoe area. Lovely! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. My mother-in-law chose this as one of our family book club picks for this year, and I’m even more excited to read it now.

    I have a feeling that, as soon as I read “Very Valentine,” I’ll want to get “Brava Valentine,” too!

  8. My mother-in-law chose this as one of our family book club picks for this year, and I’m even more excited to read it now.

    I have a feeling that, as soon as I read “Very Valentine,” I’ll want to get “Brava Valentine,” too!

  9. I saw this book in B&N and then I learned there is a sequel. Both look good. Thanks for the review.

  10. I saw this book in B&N and then I learned there is a sequel. Both look good. Thanks for the review.

  11. I just started this. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  12. I just started this. Glad to see you enjoyed it.

  13. Until I read your review, I will admit to overlooking it! I’m not the typical shoe-loving girl like most of my friends, but I think this sounds pretty intriguing. Thanks for reviewing this book.

  14. Until I read your review, I will admit to overlooking it! I’m not the typical shoe-loving girl like most of my friends, but I think this sounds pretty intriguing. Thanks for reviewing this book.

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