Very Valentine

By Adriana Trigiani
(Harper, Hardcover, 9780061257056, 371pp.)

Publication Date: February 3, 2009

List Price: $25.99*
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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the February 2009 Indie Notables
“Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine is the first in a trilogy featuring Valentine Roncalli, who is under the tutelage of her grandmother in the family's custom-shoe business. The thoroughly enjoyable storyline works through the ins and outs of the shoe-making trade, family issues, and romance. I loved this book and can't wait for the next in the series.”
-- Mary Reilly-Kliss, Fireside Books and Gifts, West Bend, WI


Description

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. Very Valentine is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.




About the Author
Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epicThe Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series;Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoirDon't Sing at the Table. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentaryQueens of the Big Time. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion pictureBig Stone Gap, based on her debut novel and filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown, to be released nationwide in the fall of 2015. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.
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