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Review: Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Very Valentine3 Stars

Valentine Roncalli is turning 34 years old, she lives and works with her grandmother, and she's single. She's pretty happy though, until the day her grandmother tells her that the family's custom shoe shop is in financial trouble. Now she finds herself trying to find a way to save the business she loves as she juggles a budding relationship with a hot new restaurateur.

I think my expectations for this were skewed by the first few sentences of the book. It begins,

"I'm not the pretty sister.

I'm not the smart sister either. I am the funny one. I've been called that for so long, for so many years, in fact, that all of my life I thought it was one word:
Funnyone."

So I thought I was in for a funny book. It wasn't. Valentine stays entirely too stressed out to really be funny. Not that I blame her--she has a lot on her plate. It just wasn't what I expected from the setup.

Also, I should probably be ashamed to say this, but I don't really care about shoes. I know, I know! But that's me. So all the descriptions of the cute shoes with the perfect fabrics and darling embellishments were lost on me.

The food sounded divine, and I loved the part when Valentine and Gram take off for Italy. I'm ready to go back! They spend time in Tuscany and Capri, and the author's descriptions of both were beautiful. I didn't get to go to Capri when I visited Italy, but I did want to. Now I'm thinking I need to convince my husband that we should go back and spend time south of Rome. I don't think he would need much convincing!

I may not be girly about the shoes, but I am loving this girly cover. Isn't it great?

This was a good book, and I'll pick up the soon-to-be-released sequel sometime. I just thought I would like it more. I loved Big Stone Gap, so my expectations may have been too high. Other readers will probably enjoy it a little more than I did.

The sequel, Brava, Valentine will be released on February 9, 2010. Check out Adriani's tour dates on her website to see if she'll be near you.



Jennifer G.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for this review. This book is on its way to me from Paperbackswap.com. I loved the Big Stone Gap series and am looking forward to this new series. Thanks for linking to the author's tour dates - I see she will be near me in Feb and I hope to stop by!

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  2. You're welcome! Enjoy meeting her, and I hope you enjoy the book!

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  3. Whoa .. with a book that starts the way you mentioned, I would expect a funny book as well! And oh yeah, I love this cover. I was hesitant to pick this book because of the mixed reviews. I'll probably consider it now. Good review!

    PS: I don't like shoes either. ;-)

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  4. Aths, can I say first of all that I love your pic? Very cute!

    This was good, I just wish that I had known it was pretty serious. I just kept waiting on the funny to start. :)

    I'm glad to know that I'm not alone in my shoe disinterest!

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  5. LOL! Jennifer, thanks! :)

    And you are cracking me up.. when you say you were waiting for the funny to start! LOL! Understandable though. The first few lines of a book are supposed to lay the foundation of the book.

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  6. "Also, I should probably be ashamed to say this, but I don't really care about shoes. I know, I know! But that's me. So all the descriptions of the cute shoes with the perfect fabrics and darling embellishments were lost on me."

    Totally hear ya. Never been much into them either. ;)

    Great review. Sounds like a fun read. :)

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  7. Thanks!

    I really thought all women were in love with shoes. We should start an "Indifferent to Shoes" club!

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