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Very Valentine: A Novel par Adriana Trigiani
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Very Valentine: A Novel (édition 2010)

par Adriana Trigiani

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Valentine Roncalli struggles to save her decades-old family business, finding love and the life she wants along the way.
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Titre:Very Valentine: A Novel
Auteurs:Adriana Trigiani
Info:Harper Paperbacks (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 416 pages
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Very Valentine par Adriana Trigiani

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Adult fiction. Likeable characters with funny, memorable moments, but this isn't the rollicking storyline you'd expect in a typical chick lit novel, because this isn't a typical chick lit novel. Yes, the title character is obsessed with shoes (it's how she makes her living) and is involved with a new romance with the chef living next door, but she spends a lot of time sniffing that flower, admiring that bit of antique furniture, contemplating her navel. I would probably like this book more if I had time to finish it, but I am trying to make my way through a mountain of books, and if I'm not hooked after 50 pages of reading, I've decided to just move on. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I was looking for a Valentine's Day romance, which this very definitely is not. It's the story of a woman trying to save her family business with some romantic elements. The ridiculously contrived roof scene in chapter 2 was almost enough for me to quit. And the fact that she didn't pack a swimsuit for an Italian beach vacation and was forced to wear the way-too-revealing one her mother snuck into her luggage just left me rolling my eyes. Overall it was okay but I don't think I'll continue the series. ( )
  Tarawyn | Feb 10, 2021 |
A young woman navigates life with her large Italian-American family while apprenticing at the family business of artisan shoe-making and looking for romantic love.

This book was better than I was expecting. While it may be part of that often dismissed genre of "chick lit," it was certainly better than other titles I've read within that genre. (And, please, can we think of a better name than "chick lit"??)

Trigiani's writing style is good, and she especially excels at writing believable characters with the quirks of real-life people. The audiobook narrator also helped to bring these characters to life with distinct voices, accents, etc. Her general tone for narrating was rather conversational, making it really seem like Valentine was chatting with the reader as a friend, and thus making the novel very engaging.

I appreciated that much of the story was concerned with Valentine's family relations, her work at the shoe shop as well as career interests, and her friendships. There's a romantic plotline that I felt was a bit lame (mostly because there was zero chemistry between her and the man slotted for her, who wasn't much of a catch anyway in my opinion) but it's also not the major thrust of the story.

Trigiani also writes lovingly of places, Greenwich Village and Capri in particular. She spends time describing the details of Valentine's work at the shoe shop and her interests in fashion; these are not my interests per se but it was evocative and well done.

That all being said, when I finished the book, I felt it was wrapped up in a good enough place that I didn't feel particularly compelled to continue with the series. When curiosity got the better of me and I looked at the description of the next book in the series, I decided to leave well enough alone. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 23, 2020 |
Although I might have put this in the “chick lit” category, I was pleasantly surprised that it became a good book for book club discussion.
Multi-generational women and how they dealt with life, work and family made for great topics because our group could relate to these issues.
Valentine’s dilemma is how to continue tradition while trying to thrive in the contemporary business world, while trying to have a personal life.
This was a perfect fit in terms of the stress-free reading.
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  FAR2MANYBOOKS | Jul 25, 2019 |
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. ( )
  TayaW | Jul 3, 2019 |
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In memory of my grandfather, Carlo Bonicelli, a shoemaker
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Note that Adriana Trigiani's Very Valentine, Brava Valentine, and any sequels that are forthcoming do not belong in series with Doctor Lochinvar (A Valentine Book #333) by Jean Carew. I have purposely changed the series designation to VValentine for Adriana Trigiani's books to keep the unrelated and irrelevant book out of this series. For this reason, I would ask that you please do not alter the series designation back to Valentine.
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