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“Delightful, energetic. . . . Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller.” — Boston Globe

Award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani returns with Brava, Valentine, continuing the heartwarming and hilarious story of Valentine Roncalli, her family, her love life, and the Angelini Shoe Company. Following on the heels of the New York Times bestseller Very Valentine (hailed by People magazine as “Sex and the City meets Moonstruck”), Brava, Valentine is another tour-de-force from the beloved author of bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia, The Queen of the Big Time, and the Big Stone Gap series.

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"Brava, Valentine" is the much anticipated, dazzling sequel to the author's "New York Times" bestseller, "Very Valentine." Here, the story of Valentine Roncalli soars to breathtaking new heights as she evolves from apprentice to determined artist.

Synopsis:

When Valentine's grandmother begins a new life in Italy, she places Valentine and her nemesis, her brother Alfred, "the Prince," as partners at the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of handcrafted wedding shoes since 1903. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she unearths a long-buried family secret and finds herself torn between a past love that nurtured her and a new one that promises to sustain her, in this "dazzling" (USA Today) follow-up to Very Valentine.

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. Her books include the New York Times bestseller The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table, as well as the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. She wrote the screenplay for Big Stone Gap, which she also directed. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

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Melinda Ott, May 21, 2014 (view all comments by Melinda Ott)
As I said in my review of the first novel in this trilogy, Very Valentine, that I messed up a bit. Not knowing that it was the third book in the trilogy, I read The Supreme Macaroni Company first, which means that I went into both Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine knowing how everything ends up. Because of this, I probably didn't experience this book as I should. So, read my thoughts with that in mind.

Frankly, I love the character of Valentine. She's irreverent, flawed, and heartfelt. She doesn't feel like a nicely wrapped package, but rather someone you want to have as a friend. Her family is a kick--think My Big, Fat Greek Wedding, but in Italian-American form.

Trigiani has become one of my favorite writers. Her prose is readable and lovely. I read this book in one day--which almost never happens for me. Even though I knew how everything would ultimately end up, it still kept my attention.

If I had to find a flaw in this book it would be that it doesn't feel like a complete story as a stand-alone novel. You really need to read Very Valentine first and then follow it up with The Supreme Macaroni Company. In fact, I would suggest reading The Supreme Macaroni Company immediately upon finishing this book--there is no break in time between the ending of one book and the beginning of the next.

I feel like a better review would be of the entire Valentine trilogy. While all three books are entertaining, they really need to be read together. Of course, I can't imagine anyone not wanting to finish the trilogy once they meet Valentine.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061257087
Author:
Trigiani, Adriana
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Subject:
General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Valentine
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.3125 x 0.792793 in 9.6 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "Brava, Valentine" is the much anticipated, dazzling sequel to the author's "New York Times" bestseller, "Very Valentine." Here, the story of Valentine Roncalli soars to breathtaking new heights as she evolves from apprentice to determined artist.
"Synopsis" by , When Valentine's grandmother begins a new life in Italy, she places Valentine and her nemesis, her brother Alfred, "the Prince," as partners at the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of handcrafted wedding shoes since 1903. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she unearths a long-buried family secret and finds herself torn between a past love that nurtured her and a new one that promises to sustain her, in this "dazzling" (USA Today) follow-up to Very Valentine.
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