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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,395 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Adriana Trigiani Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Valentine Trilogy Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9780061969287
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Trigiani’s endearing heroine, Valentine, struggles to balance her life as a shoe designer with her love life. A smart chick-lit read.”

    People

  • “Trigiani spoke to women’s hearts with Big Stone Gap, and her Valentine series continues to do so. Brimming over with life, her latest will be essential reading for fans of humorous, touching family fiction. Trigiani’s readers will be hard-pressed to wait a year for the final installment, Ciao, Valentine.”

    Library Journal

  • “Valentine is one of Adriana Trigiani’s most winsome characters (yes, she even rivals the Big Stone Gap gang)…Brava, Valentine is laugh-out-loud funny…but it’s also an unexpectedly poignant examination of the power and pull of family, faith and love.”

    BookPage

  • “A sweet and sexy love story.”

    The Today Show

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Earphones Award winner
  • A People Magazine’s “Great Reads”
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/7/2014

    " Enjoyed this one far more than the first book about Valentine. I liked seeing her grow up a little bit more and some of the major family issues being settled. It was especially powerful to watch Alfred go through his own affair (although very few details were given) and watch how that changed his relationship with the whole family. I thought it was hard to have Gram move to Italy but at the same time I don't see how Valentine could have grown as much if she hadn't. I'm hoping there is another book so we can see what happens now that she has accepted Gianluca's proposal and how they will work out a marriage when they live so far apart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 1/31/2014

    " I had to wait for several months at my local library for this book to be available to me, and at first, I was disappointed. The first quarter of the book was a lot of interior dialogue that I found boring about adult children who were petulent, self-centered etc. However, I did get swept up in the family saga as family members showed some chinks in their armor, obstacles forced emotional growth, and new developments engaged me. I truly loved two characters in the book, a gay man and a seventy one year old free spirited woman whose perspectives on life and love had were substantial, moving and often unexpected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johnkellybennett | 1/26/2014

    " Can't wait for the next one. The only book by this author I don't like is Rococo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/25/2014

    " This was a fun easy chick lit. Just right for light Christmas reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 1/21/2014

    " This was a great follow-up book about Valentine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Bogaard | 1/21/2014

    " Enjoyed listening to this book on CD -- nice to have the correct Italian pronunciation. Also learned a lot about the Italian/American culture and family dynamics and the handmade shoe business. Am wondering if there's a sequel since we don't find out whether Valentine moves to Italy or if John Luca moves to the USA.....what happens to her business? Also enjoyed the book before this one: Very Valentine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn | 1/12/2014

    " This is the second in a series. They are both good reads although they make me want to buy custom made shoes. These have a bit of romance to them, but really they are about a woman trying to revitalize her family's business. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 12/29/2013

    " Love Trigiani's writing. Bring on book three! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat | 12/17/2013

    " I read this only because one of my book groups recommended it. It is a little too Harlequin Romance for me. The story did get better after about 150 pages but still bogged down with too much romance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Hale | 12/10/2013

    " I may have enjoyed this book even more than Very Valentine. Trigiani does a fantastic job at character development, dialogue, and describing human relationships, particularly those of the familial sort. I absolutely love her books.....pure enjoyment, but definitely in the category of "chicklit". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/4/2013

    " entertaining and light! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patrice | 11/14/2013

    " Even better! This trilogy represents Trigiani in top form. I can't wait for the third book ( : "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Malott heinking | 11/9/2013

    " I really enjoy her storytelling...there's always some drama thrown in as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 10/14/2013

    " Definitely one of my favorite authors. I love the main characters in this book too! Be sure to read Lucia Lucia before this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leanora | 3/19/2013

    " Was sad to see this book end; the writing is fantastic, the storyline is incredibly compelling and I really hope that there is a third book in this series... definitely a MUST READ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 1/31/2013

    " excellent. wonderful series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 9/20/2012

    " A cute series, hope book 3 comes out soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 4/28/2012

    " I love all of Adriana Trigiani's books, but the best thing about this one and the previous title about Valentine is the descriptions of the SHOES! (sigh) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 4/11/2012

    " A great sequel to Very Valentine. Same great characters and enjoyable writing style. I love reading about Valentines adventures and seeing her grow as a character from the ups and downs in the book. A thoroughly enjoyable read! Now I just need some amazing custom shoes and a trip to Italy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 3/16/2012

    " I loved this book. It's wonderful how Trigiani can create delicious tension and resolve it in unexpected, yet plausible ways. Envy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Barbara | 3/7/2012

    " I had this on my library hold list for quite some time before it arrived and it was well worth the wait. I think that Valentine may be my favorite fictional character ever. I do hope that Trigiani will continue to write about the Roncalli family. In the meantime, I will miss them! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 10/30/2011

    " My favorite yet of Trigiani's! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherrie | 9/13/2011

    " Very, very weak story. Only read if you are in a foreign country and you have nothing else to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 6/20/2011

    " I got teary eyed and laughed though out this story. Trigiani does a good job of writing about families and what holds them together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 6/13/2011

    " This book made me think of my grandmother. I cried during and when it was done. I wish there was another book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nic | 6/12/2011

    " A cute series, hope book 3 comes out soon! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 6/8/2011

    " The 2nd book of a trilogy. Very interesting character. Can't wait to read the final one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elyse | 6/7/2011

    " I am a fan of this author but found this book disappointing. Thirty five yr old works with her grandmother in the family shoe business. She is looking for love in all the wrong places but mister right finally shows up. Gag me. Gee what an original plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 6/3/2011

    " I really liked this book about a woman trying to figure out what she wants and who she can trust. This book is a page-turner--I couldn't wait to see how it all turned out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 6/1/2011

    " Good second book to Very Valentine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 5/31/2011

    " Not quite as good as the first (Very Valentine) but the setting (Italy) is very romantic and still included interesting detail about the shoe manufacturing & design process! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmella | 5/29/2011

    " I laughed, I cried, I LOVED IT "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Paige | 5/29/2011

    " I wanted to like this book more because I loved Trigiani's Big Stone Gap series but I just didn't enjoy this book. Part of that might be because I just read Mary Sutter and after reading that story this was much too fluffy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 5/23/2011

    " A great sequel to Very Valentine. Same great characters and enjoyable writing style. I love reading about Valentines adventures and seeing her grow as a character from the ups and downs in the book. A thoroughly enjoyable read! Now I just need some amazing custom shoes and a trip to Italy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 5/13/2011

    " Decent chick lit about family dynamics and love Italian style "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 cindy | 5/12/2011

    " I really liked this book...This series is the first time I've read Trigiani...Will definitely check out some of her other books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 5/4/2011

    " I listened to this on MP3 and really enjoyed it as a fun listen at the health club. I hear this is the second of a trilogy and I will get the next one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cleo | 4/21/2011

    " Sequel to Very Valentine - not disappointing. Loved the characters - loved the locations - loved the handcrafted shoes - loved the generational slant. A fun - happy - quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker. The author of the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, Very Valentine; Brava, Valentine; Lucia, Lucia; The Queen of the Big Time; and Rococo, she also wrote the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and the young adult novels Viola in Reel Life and Viola in the Spotlight. Her books have been published in thirty-six countries around the world. She has written and will direct the big screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.