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To everything there is a season...,
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The third "Valentine" book finds our heroine newly engaged to Gianluca Vecchiarelli, the handsome Italian tanner she had met on a buyer's trip for her shoemaking business. Despite her joy at having such a wonderful man in love with her, Valentine also has her reservations; after all, she is Italian-American, born and raised a New Yorker, while Gianluca is the real-deal Italian. More importantly, he's nearly two decades her senior, divorced, with a grown daughter not much younger than Valentine herself.
Nonetheless, for once, Valentine - a self-described constant worrier and overanalyzer - decides to go for it. She's waited well into her thirties to find true love, and now that she believes she's found it, there is no way she's giving up.
Before she knows it, Valentine's crazy, loving family - including her parents Mike (Michaela) and Dutch, her brother Alfred and sisters Tess and Jaclyn, with their respective spouses and children, and best friend Gabriel - have taken control of the nuptials, determined to give the last single member of their clan the best wedding on the planet. Even though she's just become engaged on Christmas Eve, fate leads Valentine and Gianluca to wed on Valentine's Day.
The wedding, of course, is the easy part. In the weeks leading to the event, Val's convinced herself that nothing in her life will change; Gianluca will simply be added to what already exists. After all, it's taken her years to build up the Angelini Shoe Company, inherited from her Gram and her great-grandfather before that, to the level it's currently at; and Val adores living in the midst of New York City.
As is to be expected, Gianluca is a real live man, with ideas, expectations and goals of his own. While he loves Valentine and is amenable to compromise, it doesn't mean he's willing to do everything her way. And, as he constantly reminds Val, it's impossible to have it all, no matter what the American lifestyle she's grown up within insists. When a person is as deeply involved in running a business as she is, then adds family and other aspects, it's simply not possible for everything to be 100%.
Despite the predictability of the months following Val's wedding, readers will still be intrigued, wanting to find out how her life goes as she learns the things that she may know deep within her heart, yet refuses to admit. The vivid characters of Val's enormous family as just as hilarious and poignant as in the previous two novels, adding touches of humor to every chapter as they also show deep-rooted support to one another in moving forward toward the future.
Yet just when it seems like Valentine has indeed learned to juggle everything and have it all - or as close to as possible - tragedy strikes. It's then that Val truly understands the meaning of the important things in life, the things that she often let slip in pursuit of business. The question, of course, at that point is simply whether it's too late.
As always, Trigiani writes three-dimensional characters, relatable to readers in their flaws and their charms. We can only hope to read more about the Roncalli clan in the future, perhaps from the POV of Val's siblings or in-laws.
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Initial post: Nov 24, 2013 9:24:11 AM PST
Sharon S. Walker says:
PLEASE this is not a review, it is a short story. Too long and too many spoilers.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2013 11:20:25 AM PST
Joanna M says:
And yet somehow 13 people felt otherwise...
Reviews can be any length, any style, as they are all written by unique people. If you actually read this book - which is the third in a series, by the way - you would know that this is a teeny fraction of the story. Trigiani is an author that packs many, many storylines and details into her books. One cannot summarize them in a line or two.
But I do thank you for taking the time to comment and share your opinion.
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