29 June 2010

BRAVA, VALENTINE - Adriana Trigiani, narr Cassandra Campbell

From the back of the BOCD: Adriana Trigiani's VERY VALENTINE, an instant New York Times bestseller about the life of shoemaker Valentine Roncalli, was hailed by critics as "Sex and the City meets Moonstruck" (People)
As BRAVA, VALENTINE begins, Valentine learns that Alfred, her only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner. Despite their passion for one another, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.
As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, Bret Fitzpatrick, her first love and former fiance, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine to Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her.
BRAVA, VALENTINE is Trigiani's best novel yet, delivering a hilarious and poignant mix of colorful worlds and unforgettable characters as only she can create them.
WOWEE wow wow!! I thought BIG STONE GAP was my favorite book written by Adriana Trigiani, but it is now second after having listened to BRAVA, VALENTINE. I was in love with VERY VALENTINE and became enraptured with this second of the trilogy. Now I really can't wait to see what happens in the third one whenver that one comes out. I will get it as an audiobook, too. Hell, I may go get everything Trigiani has written as an audiobook! Especially if Cassandra Campbell is narrating.
Campbell is big part of the magic of this trilogy. She voices the characters wonderfully. I adore Valentine, grin at her bestest buddy Gabe, and swoon over Gianluca.
There's not much more that I can say that wasn't covered in the passage above from the back of the BOCD cover. Except that I loved watching Valentine come to terms with her Gram marrying and moving to Italy; learning how to be partners with her brother; finding out what it was like to trust her heart to someone. She had a lot of growing up to do and she didn't even realize that she needed to.
Please, please, please! Do yourself a huge hug and get this book to read or listen to. It is wonderfully gorgeous!!!
Five Wowee wow wow sparkly diamonds....


Anonymous said...

Wasn't it great? It's on my 2010 Fav List. Really looking forward to the third book. Wondering how Gianluca and Valentine will make things work!

Sherri said...

Vickie, I absolutely love AT! She just has a writing style all her own! Glad you liked it alot!

Vickie said...

Mary: It is definitely on my top 10 for the year, too.

Sherri: I adore Adriana Trigiani.

WonderBunny said...

I have Big Stone Gap waiting for me to read but I have heard amazing things about this one.