30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Pamela

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, 332 pages, read by Pamela, on 01/26/2014

bravaThis is the second book in the Valentine trilogy.  Be sure to read Very Valentine first – lots of back story that’s necessary to make this book more enjoyable.  Valentine Roncalli is nearly on her own now that her grandmother has married and moved to Italy.  Her grandmother has teamed Valentine with her only brother, Alfred, in the family shoe business, Angelini Shoes.  The dynamics of this Italian family are hilarious and probably a lot like many families in America.  A family secret leads Valentine to Buenos Aires, where she meets a long lost cousin, who, not surprisingly, is a shoemaker, too.  There’s a love story woven throughout the pages of this novel as well as lots of family drama.  Very enjoyable.

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