Brava, Valentine: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Feb 9, 2010 - Fiction - 332 pages
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Adriana Trigiani's bestselling novels are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again.

Very Valentine, an instant New York Times bestseller, introduced the contemporary family saga of the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted wedding shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903.

As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine's dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, "the prince," Valentine's only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca's heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.

As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine's first love and former fiancée who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world.

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 finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her.

Brava, Valentine, Trigiani's best novel yet, delivers a hilarious and poignant mix of colorful worlds and unforgettable characters as only she can create them.

 

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User Review  - LittleGreenBookshop - LibraryThing

Nice light read, interesting to learn a little about the shoe business! Was disappointed with the heroine for feeling guilty about putting her dream business venture before her needy new lover's expectations. In the end it all worked out. Read full review

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User Review  - BookConcierge - LibraryThing

Audio book performed by Cassandra Campbell Trigiani returns to tell the continuing story of Valentine Roncalli and Angelini Shoes. Her beloved grandmother has married and moved to Italy, and has left ... Read full review

Contents

Shake Down the Stars
1
From the Bottom ofMy Heart
20
Aintcha Ever Coming Back
44
Just as Though You Were Here
61
Polka Dots and Moonbeams
83
April Played the Fiddle
112
Love Lies
139
Be Careful Its My Heart
172
The Street ofDreams
185
Heres that Rainy Day
201
It Isnt a Dream Anymore
228
Autumn in New York
258
A Little Learnin Is a Dangerous Thing
286
Dont Ever Be Afraid to Go Home
302
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Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

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