Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Thirty-three year old Valentine Roncalli, the only spinster among her siblings, works with her grandmother, Teodora, in her family's business, Angelini Shoes, which caters to brides by providing custom-made wedding shoes. The business, which is located in the heart of Greenwich Village, where grandma and Valentine both work and live, means the world to Valentine.

Angelini Shoes is in big trouble, with years of built-up debt that can no longer be put off, and Teodora realizes something must be done. Alfred, Valentine's controlling elder brother, wants Teodora to sell the business and cash in on the value of the building, which would leave Valentine out of a job and home. She is determined to save her family's business, and a chance opportunity in a Bergdorf Goodman window display contest might be just the ticket.

Teodora and Valentine take off for Italy in search of the finest fabrics, leather and inspiration for the shoe they are design for the contest. It also happens to be Valentine's 34th birthday where she is supposed to meet up with her new love, Roman Falconi, in Capri, but his dedication to his restaurant has her questioning if their love can really survive. Unsure of what the future holds both professionally and personally, Valentine is feeling anything but love in the one of the world's most romantic countries.

Very Valentine is the first in a purposed new trilogy, and like her previous novels, Trigiani brings her readers to the humorous world of Italian American culture, filled with great fashion and even greater food. Simply endearing, Very Valentine will capture readers hearts as we root for Valentine to save her business and her relationship.

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