The Angelini Shoe Company is the setting for this Italian American tale which crosses generations and continents and brings to light the wants and needs of two women two generations apart. Teodora Angelini, owner of one of the last family owned businesses in Greenwich Village, New York, has not told all to her granddaughter and apprentice, Valentine Roncalli. The business is in trouble of going under and it falls to Valentine to bring the company into the 21st century with new designs that can be sold to the masses or allow her brother Alfred to sell the property to the highest bidder. A trip to Italy lends itself to a romantic revelation for one of the main characters, and Valentine’s design for the shoe that could put the Angelini Shoe Company on the map finds itself in the hands of a master. Family dynamics thread their way through this novel as in all Trigiani works.
I grew up in the shoe industry, so this book was of personal interest to me. I must say some of the descriptions tended to get me bogged down at times and I couldn’t wait for the next exchange of dialogue. I can’t wait to read the next installment in this series.