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Brava, Valentine: A Novel Hardcover – February 9, 2010

4.5 out of 5 stars 492 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Valentine Trilogy Series

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Editorial Reviews


“A sweet and sexy love story.” (Today Show)

“Trigiani’s endearing heroine, Valentine, struggles to balance her life as a shoe designer with her love life. A smart chick-lit read.” (People (Style Watch Edition))

“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)

“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)

“[A] charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family.” (Publishers Weekly)

From Publishers Weekly

Trigiani's sequel to Very Valentine is a sweet second act for shoemaker and designer Valentine Roncalli. Val takes over the New York family-run shoe business with feet-of-clay older brother, Alfred; falls for the dashing, older Gianluca in Italy; and takes a business risk in South America, where she unearths a dusty chapter of family history. There are plenty of picturesque globe-trotting adventures in Tuscany, Manhattan, and Buenos Aires, and, for artistic and independent Val, a grown-up commitment evolves. There is no art without love. Only love can open someone up to the possibilities of living and creating art, Val writes to the wary Gianluca. And the startling twist of family history finally challenges an old-fashioned, insular clan to join the modern world. But it's always the endearing, unnerving and rowdy Roncallis who steal the show. Look for a heartbreaking exit of one beloved character, and a cliffhanger breakup in this charming valentine to love, forgiveness, and family. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • Series: Valentine
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1 edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061257079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061257070
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (492 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I was so glad to be able to spend more time with Valentine Roncalli as she took
over the family's Angelini shoe business alongside her brother Alfred. Sparks
fly as these two, who are like oil and water, attempt to merge their very
different styles.

Encouraged by her former fiance, Bret, now a financier, Valentine decides to
embark on a new venture.

The book starts off with a wedding in Italy where Valentine re-encounters the
dashing Gianluca, but a long-distance romance seems fruitless. Returning to NY,
Valentine discovers that a branch of the family is in Buenos Aires and takes off
for there, where she has a couple of surprises waiting.

Trigiana is a clever writer, especially good with family scenes and
relationships. She accurately portrays the humor and pathos in families with
well-drawn characters who ring so true. And I love the historical info about Greenwich Village.

The book is full of life and love and is very appealing. Brava, Adriana Trigiani for another winner!
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Outstanding Adriana!!!!

This new book is great and I totally loved it!!!! I love Val and I really relate to her (as a 40 year old single Italian American New York Girl!). This book was really a pleasure to read. It made me laugh and cry! And it brought back so many memories of my own childhood. I am listening to the Sinatra as I type! I loved the romantic interest in the book and was I surprised by how things developed during the story. And Gianluca getting off the plane in JFK!!! Say no more! I was head over heals!!!! I want to live on Perry Street and work in the shoe factory!!! I can't wait to read the next installment. Great series!!!! And I absolutely love Gabriel! He had me rolling! And her dad, Dutch too! And Val's relationship with her Gram is priceless. Adriana has brought back so many memories to me of my own Grandmother who I was lucky to have in my life for 32 years. Outstanding book!!!! Everyone should read this series!!!!!
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Brava, Valentine begins on a day filled with happiness in Tuscany. The sparkling snow that falls reflects the spirit of the Roncalli/Angelini family. Their beloved matriarch Teodora is marrying Dominic Vechiarelli. The octogenarians kept their relationship a secret for many years but finally decided to marry. Adriana Trigiani had me laughing at the family antics as they prepare for the wedding. Dominic's son is at the wedding. Gianluca Vechiarelli made quite an impression on Valentine on her last trip to Italy (Very Valentine). She definitely feels something for him when she sees him at the church but things don't go as she would hope. From the reception on, surprises seem to come at her full force. Life is changing.

Teodora will live with her new husband in Italy while Valentine takes the reins at the Angelini Shoe Company back in Greenwich Village. There are challenges to be faced: a new business partner; a long-time employee who hints at retiring; the need for a business loan to launch a new shoe line; a possible new branch on the family tree to check out; and a long-distance romance. Valentine is full of energy and up to the challenges at work but something is missing in her life. Gianluca (17 years her senior) is very interested in her as she is in him yet how can they make it work? He is in Italy and she is across the Atlantic. He sends romantic letters that get her attention but can she possibly be the woman he seems to idolize?

Trigiani takes the reader to Italy, New York, and Buenos Aires. I loved the descriptions of the different locations. It was also fun to read about Valentine's friend and new roomie Gabriel as he redecorated the living space above the shoe company. The rooftop garden never looked so good! I also enjoyed the descriptions of shoe design and manufacturing.

This is a very romantic book - I loved it. I can't wait for the next book in this wonderful series.

Brava, Adriana Trigiani.
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After reading the first book of this trilogy, I was charmed by the author's ability to depict an Italian American family with such nuance, both comedic and tragic. "Very Valentine: A Novel" humorously portrays a thirty-something woman's angst about recognizing and accepting her ranking of priorities; she juggles career, passion and love while maintaining a strong tie to her large close-knit family.

However, in "Brava, Valentine," the same lead character and narrator Valentine seems a bit less on the mark than she did in the first book or perhaps the scenarios presented by author Trigiani come across as a little too over the top even for the hard-living, take-a-big-bite-out-of-life Roncalli clan to be considered representative of true-life everyday issues for the quintessential Italian American tribe. In the same way that the Italian Americans on "The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Season One" mispronounce words, overdress garishly, pull each other's hair and scatter the "f" bomb at the dining room table during a Thanksgiving feast, Valentine and her family seem to define "small world" from an equally negative vantage point. Author Trigiani attempts to show the farcical side of family dealings, Italian style--that is with no Mafia intonations, just real hard-working people jumping off the springboard of assimilating their world view into the broader open-ended pool of American life.
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