I was lucky enough to have the chance to review Adriana Trigiani's latest book, Brava, Valentine, for Library Journal. Here's the review, as it appears in the January 15, 2010 issue, reprinted with permission.
Trigiani, Adriana. Brava, Valentine. Harper: HarperCollins. Feb. 2010. c.352p. ISBN 978-0-06-125707-0. $25.99. F
The second novel in Trigiani's Valentine trilogy (after Very Valentine) brings back Valentine Roncalli and her argumentative but loving Italian American family. With her grandmother remarried and living in Italy, Valentine and her brother are now in charge of the Angelina Shoe Company. She's a strong businesswoman, but family and romantic relationships knock her off stride. The marriage problems she sees in her own family don't allow her to trust in a man or her own happiness. Her discovery of a family scandal that leads to Buenos Aires only stirs up more family troubles and romantic difficulties. And the loss of a beloved friend forces Valentine to question her future and look past tearful farewells for love and happiness. VERDICT Trigiani spoke to women's hearts with Big Stone Gap, and her Valentine series continues to do so. Brimming over with life, her latest will be essential reading for fans of humorous, touching family fiction. Trigiani's readers will be hard-pressed to wait a year for the final installment, Ciao, Valentine.
Lesa Holstine, Glendale P.L., AZ
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