About the Book:
• Paperback: 352 pages
• Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (November 9, 2010)
Award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani returns withBrava, 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.
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 the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series; Very Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; Rococo; The Queen of the Big Time. and Viola in Reel Life, the first book in a new young adult series. She is also the author of Don’t Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers. She lives in New York City with her family.
Visit Adriana at her website:https://www.adrianatrigiani.com/.
Connect with Adriana:
- On Facebook
- On Twitter: @AdrianaTrigiani
As much as I love Amish, Historicals, and suspense, I love a GREAT chick lit just as much! Now a days, with so much R rated content added in, it’s truly hard to find a really good chick lit novel that I can get into. But, after hearing good things about Adriana Trigiani and her work, I was excited for the chance to review Brava, Valentine. Though, sadly, this is a follow up to her book Very Valentine, which I wish I would have read already, but it gives me something to look forward to reading in the future! That being said, though, I wasn’t confused by the events or the characters in this book….in fact, this could be dubbed a stand alone title, as well.
This book immediately captured me with not only the characters who become friends, but with the setting….parts of this book is set in Italy. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Italy. And, reading a book like this, that’s exactly what I got to do. I didn’t even have to leave the comfort of my PJ’s or my home! It was like I had just boarded a plane and was instantly next to the Angelini/Roncalli clan. Now, that’s some fun traveling. I felt as though I could see the villages in Italy and I could just imagine the bella accents. Oh, how I love an Italian accent!
Filled with lots of laugh-out-loud humor and a family secret, Adriana Trigiani really captures the readers’ hearts with lovable characters like Valentine(she really was a sweet character!), Gianluca (*ppuurrr* can I have him?), Aunt Feen(well, let’s just say that, um, she’s definitely quite a character!), and even Gabriel(hhmm,he’s sounds adorably funny, but…well,we’ll leave it at that ;o)!). I really felt the pull into the story and became one of these characters, laughing out loud, running the family business with a nemesis and helping Valentine follow heart to what she REALLY wants.
A story of longing, families, a’more and secrets, Trigiani has turned out a 4 star sexy, sassy, witty novel that, while I can’t wait to go back and read book 1, is excellent! It’s sexy, and passionate, yet there isn’t any detailed R rated scenes, and with an extremely mild use of language (no F’s !) that can be easily overlooked, it’s one that I recommend to chick lit lovers! I’m hoping, really hoping, that Adriana Trigiani adds a third installment to Valentine’s story!
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*This book was provided for review by TLCBookTours*