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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,556 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 2009 ISBN: 9780061768743
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sex and the City meets Moonstruck…This first in a new trilogy from Trigiani is sly, sensual, and dripping with style.”

    People

  • “Trigiani has certainly not lost her ability to breathe life into everything she writes.”

    Roanoke Times

  • “A frilly valentine to Manhattan’s picturesque West Village…has loads of charm and will leave readers eager for the sequel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani’s trademark heart and humor.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eudora | 2/19/2014

    " Enjoyable, light, brainless read. Good beach book. Fun, loving depiction of an italian-american family in new york. Small step beyond completely stereotypical with some exploration of what it means to be an artist. Warning: this is a trilogy so you may get sucked in wanting to see "how it ends". I usually do! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 2/16/2014

    " Liked the ending. Good story of a 3 generation Italian family "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Kulczycki | 2/3/2014

    " Light read, I enjoyed it. I thought the family characters were very funny and enjoyed the food and travel episodes "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzette | 1/20/2014

    " I love Adriani Trigiani books! Again, she does not disappoint. Strong, but believable, lead female character. Italian-American quirky family, life in New York, Italian food, fashion and shoe-making, and a trip to Tuscany and the Isle of Capri! Romance, family and passion for a craft. I can't wait to the read the next book in this series! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joyce | 1/16/2014

    " i enjoy this author's easy to read style. her stories are about everyday life in real families. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellie | 1/13/2014

    " I enjoyed this story about an Italian American family in New York with a family business of hand made shoes. Fantastic descriptions of delicious food and gorgeous shoes, there's even recipes at the back. The main romantic relationship also seemed very believable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lidiab | 1/13/2014

    " Have to admit, this book drug on at times. It felt as though someone had written about my family (!) esp. during chptr 1 & 2. Book is full of wisdom about family, love and life. Corny but true. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen B | 12/21/2013

    " I enjoyed this one, though it gets a little bogged down at times by Trigiani's lengthy descriptions. I enjoyed reading about shoemaking and Italy, though...now I really want a nice pair of shoes and a trip to Capri! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taya | 12/20/2013

    " I picked this book up and was quite hopeful because I tend to like chick lit. After the first 40 pages, this book didn't captivate my interest and I couldn't find anything in the characters that I was attracted to. Might pick it up again at another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci Myers | 11/24/2013

    " I can't wait for the final book in this trilogy! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Wahlquist | 11/20/2013

    " I'm really enjoying this author. This is just a light, fun read that makes me want to move to New York and have a large Italian family. This author loves to describe food, which I truly appreciate. Perhaps that's really why I like to read her books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marie | 11/20/2013

    " I enjoyed the story line since it was about a family business and we own a family business. It had a love story woven in that was very sweet and involved the main characters grandmother and the love of her life. Very cute...wish I could put a 3 1/2 star rating! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 10/3/2013

    " I always enjoy an Adrianna Trigiani book! And this one didn't disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 7/28/2013

    " This story was very entertaining - I enjoyed it as a book I read when I needed something to occupy my mind. I enjoyed the plot and the description...though at times I did skip details in an effort to follow the plot line more quickly. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mitzi | 5/19/2013

    " All you ever wanted to know about the shoe-making business, and more, interwoven with a bad love story. Very slow moving and VERY detailed. Not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/15/2013

    " Cute book. Easy read. Takes me away to Italy where I could move to tomorrow. I married into Italian family and many parts made me laugh at the similarities. The scenes in Capri make me want to go back! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 12/21/2012

    " I really liked this story. The characters came to life on the page. I was able to sympathize with the big family and "tradition" that the main character faced. It was fun and an easy read hat started from the first page. I can't wait to read the next book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ann | 11/7/2012

    " Not as engaging as her Big Stone Gap novels, but a sweet, romantic, happy-ending story nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Pfeiffer | 4/16/2012

    " Story of Valentine, an Italian-American, who lives with her grandmother and works at the family business as a cobbler. Great imagery, but a little wordy in spots. I will be reading the rest of the trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anita | 11/1/2011

    " great book. loved the story. want to go to the Capri Island now~ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cstrand | 10/12/2011

    " I liked this one - atypical yet satisfying ending for chick-lit and shoes, shoes, shoes. One star penalty for excessive description. Yes, I want the author to transport me to a time and place but the store begins to drag if we wallow in every, little, minute detail. Otherwise, lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 2/14/2011

    " Good book. The family oriented culture is wonderful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gianna | 10/17/2009

    " A fun read for any Italian girl who is trying to establish a career and find the right man that the family will approve of. I could really relate to the food, fights and family in this book. Very cute! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 9/12/2009

    " Audio version is really well done. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 3/18/2009

    " I really liked this book and can't wait to read the next in the triology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bears Library | 2/5/2009

    " I enjoyed her first books but this was awful. I listened to it an audio and appreciated the descriptions of Capri and even the craftsmanship of making shoes. The ending was like reaching a cliff and then just falling off! "

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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 thirty-nine 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.