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The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy Book 3) Kindle Edition

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Trigiani (The Shoemaker's Wife) explores the delicate balance (and unbalance) between work, family, and love. Valentine Roncalli, a shoemaker at her family's business, Angelini Shoe Company, is going to marry her tanner, Gianluca Vechiarelli. Gianluca wants to return to his native Italy; Valentine is committed to keeping the family concern running in Greenwich Village. Further complicating things is a difficult moment between Valentine and an old friend, which threatens the marriage. The way the couple juggle their jobs and their complicated families with understanding, sympathy, and love is often hilarious, in spite of the frustration it brings to both of them. A twist near the end of the book is not unexpected, but tense shifts get a little dizzying and it's easy to get ahead of the story. The pages detailing how Valentine practices her craft of shoemaking are superb. Trigiani's ability to bring the large, warm, enveloping—if somewhat dysfunctional—family to life will keep any reader engrossed and entertained. (Nov.)

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The final novel in Trigiani’s Valentine trilogy (Very Valentine, 2009; Brava, Valentine, 2010) finds shoemaker Valentine Roncalli planning her wedding to Gianluca Vechiarelli, a handsome Italian nearly 20 years her senior and the son of her grandmother’s new husband. As Gianluca adjusts to life amid the boisterous, extended Roncalli clan, the fiercely independent Valentine, an ambitious and talented shoe designer, struggles to balance work and home life, with her marriage often taking a backseat to her career. Cultural differences between the pair widen as her plans to open a factory as she becomes a first-time mother clash with his vision for the couple’s future, which includes a home in Tuscany. Though the conflict is plausible, it comes across as vaguely overplotted. For those who have followed Valentine’s ups and downs from the start, Trigiani’s send-off is bound to feel bittersweet in more ways than one. For readers new to the series, missing the occasional insider reference has its advantages—they still have two books ahead of them and the chance to meet Valentine where she began. --Patty Wetli

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  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 435 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reprint edition (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CO4KB9A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big 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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92 of 100 people found the following review helpful By SoozeSays VINE VOICE on September 10, 2013
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I have long been a fan of the novels of Adriana Trigiani. I particularly enjoyed reading about Valentine Roncalli, a designer of custom made shoes and her big Italian family. "The Supreme Macaroni Company" is, I believe, the third book in a trilogy about Valentine and her family and her family's business. The author shines when she is describing the ups and downs that are common in Valentine's big Italian family. Coming from a big Italian family myself, her voice is authentic and very enjoyable as she begins this next (and supposedly last) chapter in Valentine's story.

This book begins where "Brava Valentine" left off, with Valentine and Gianluca on the roof of her building, after he has just proposed.
Valentine, at 36, is carrying on with the running of the Angelini Shoe Company and Gianluca, at 54, has a grown up daughter and runs a successful business in Italy but is willing to live in New York so she can continue to follow her dreams of creating fabulous shoes, not just custom, but for a broader market. The problem is that Valentine does not seem to realize that marriage changes things. The author demonstrates this very well when she writes" I hoped to understand Gianluca's point of view. He wasn't fighting to keep me from working. He was fighting to show me how to live".

I think though, the author loses interest (mine) and focus (hers) when she starts throwing in multiple issues in rapid succession; it seemed to me as if she just wanted to get done with the book. At this point I'm wondering where the author ever got the title to the book. the reason finally appears on page 209 and it is as unsatisfying as it is unbelievable.

The author was losing me at this point.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By V.L. Mason on December 2, 2013
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Ordinarily, Ms Trigiani's books are a 5 for me, and despite some very critical reviews where readers comment that this book doesn't even seem to have been written by her, I disagree.

What I found that I didn't like about this third book in the series was that Valentine seems to have had gone from being a happy,fun loving,good natured, optimistic, unselfish person to a self-centered,blinded by ambition,femi-nazi.

Ms.Trigiani, for reasons unknown, took a warm, lovable,believable, character and turned her into someone I not only didn't like, but actively disliked. The rest of the Roncalli family and Valentine's friends are intact and come across with their usual warmth and eccentricity but Valentine? Whew, not nice. Selfish, aggressive, overly ambitious and downright nasty.

I hope, given the ending of this book, that we will see Valentine and the Roncalli family again, despite this being the third book in a trilogy: hopefully with a return to the warm,loving, Valentine we all know and love.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Christy Rinde on November 30, 2013
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After eagerly anticipating the conclusion to one of my favorite stories I was so disappointed I can't hardly stand it! It was as if Ms Trigiani didn't even show up to write this book. Everything was inferior to the first two books....the dialog, the character interactions, the thought processes and oh! Let's not forget the story! WTH???? What a horribly disappointing book...I wish I could erase it from my brain! This was just awful and I wish I'd never read it.
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50 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Laurel-Rain Snow TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 2, 2013
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In this third novel in the Valentine trilogy, Valentine Roncalli and Gianluca Vecchiarelli are joining their lives in matrimony. Valentine is a shoe designer who lives in Greenwich Village, in the apartment over the shop where her grandmother before her lived and worked.

Gianluca is an Italian tanner, whose life in Italy included a previous marriage and a grown daughter. For Valentine, this is a first marriage, and she is eighteen years younger than he. Can their love overcome the differences between them? Can they learn to merge their dreams and compromise?

As always, Trigiani brings the reader right into the world of the characters, showing us their hopes, dreams, flaws, and challenges. The Supreme Macaroni Company: A Novel (Valentine Trilogy) is a story with a wonderful narrative and very real characters that I enjoyed spending time with.

The love and romance, along with the challenges, bring Valentine and Gianluca closer together, but just when everything seems to be coming together for them, tragedy strikes and everything changes.

Can Valentine still live the life she wants, or will she have to recreate a new world? A lovely story that made me feel a wide range of emotions, reminding me of why I so enjoy this author's work. I want to read more about Valentine and her world. Five stars.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By IRG VINE VOICE on November 21, 2013
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Having read the previous entries in the Valentine series, I was eager to see how her life progressed and if she'd make room for a private life given how driven she was professionally.

I struggled to finish this book. It didn't feel like an authentic story but rather a vehicle to deliver various "messages" about ambitious women and how they approach marriage. I felt the author cast Valentine in a very negative and unfair light. It seemed as if the author was punishing her for being exactly who she always was. (The ending especially seemed to scream: "See. This is what happens when you aren't the good little Italian wife you think you have to be!")

I guess I expected a less-judgmental assessment and handling of this beloved character.

FYI: If you haven't read the other two books in the series, don't pick this up. You won't like the main character and you won't have a real sense of who she is and how she got to this point.

Maybe I don't believe that life has to be either/or when it comes to women running a business and having their own family. Maybe I just don't buy into the whole Italian male dominance thing (If ever a character was written in a confusing fashion, it's Gianluca, her fiance. In some places, he's painted as old-style patriarchal. In others the exact opposite. I was never really sure which he was given the way some of the backstory was written, even with the reveal towards the last pages of the story.)

The plot just seemed unoriginal and more romance novel than the other two entries and I just expected something that was truer to the character and with more meat.

I really enjoyed the first two books but this? Not so much.
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