By Adriana Trigiani
Brava, Valentine , the sequel to Very Valentine , begins in Tuscany with Valentine Roncolli and her family attending the winter wedding of their grandmother Teodora and Dominic Vechiarelli. On Valentine’s first trip to Tuscany (Very Valentine) Valentine was taken aback by Dominic’s son, Gianluca. Valentine eagerly anticipates seeing him at the wedding but things don’t go as planned.
Now that Teodora is living in Italy with her new husband, she entrusts the Angelini shoe company in Greenwich Village, NYC to Valentine and her brother. As Valentine faces the new challenges of running a business with energy and determination she feels something is missing from her life and is drawn into mystery and romanticism when a letter from Gianluca arrives in her mailbox. Can Valentine live up to the image Gianluca paints of her in his letters from across the Atlantic?
The story weaves a journey from Italy to New York City onto Buenos Aries, Argentina. I absolutely love the descriptions of everything - from where Valentine was living at the moment, to how they made the shoes, to envisioning what the shoes must look like. This book is definitely a fun and engaging read. Brava, Adriana Trigiani!
"A handwritten letter carries a lot of risk. It's a one-sided conversation that reveals the truth of the writer. Furthermore, the writer is not there to see the reaction of the person he writes to, so there's a great unknown to the process that requires a leap of faith. The writer has to choose the right words to express his sentences, and then, once he has sealed the envelope, he has to place those thoughts in the hands of someone else, trusting that the feelings will be delivered, and that the recipient will understand the writer's intent. How childish to think that could be easy."
Rating: 5 carats
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