Brava, Valentine (Valentine Trilogy #2)

Brava, Valentine (Valentine Trilogy #2)

by Adriana Trigiani
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Brava, Valentine (Valentine Trilogy #2) by Adriana Trigiani

“Delightful, energetic. . . . Trigiani is a seemingly effortless storyteller.” — Boston Globe

Award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani returns with Brava, Valentine, continuing the heartwarming and hilarious story of Valentine Roncalli, her family, her love life, and the Angelini Shoe Company. Following on the heels of the New York Times bestseller Very Valentine (hailed by People magazine as “Sex and the City meets Moonstruck”), Brava, Valentine is another tour-de-force from the beloved author of bestselling novels Lucia, Lucia, The Queen of the Big Time, and the Big Stone Gap series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061969423
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Series: Valentine Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 32,651
File size: 749 KB

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of 17 books, which have been published in 36 countries around the world. She is a playwright, television writer/producer and filmmaker. She wrote and directed the film version of her novel Big Stone Gap, which was shot entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She is co-founder of the Origin Project, an in-school writing program that serves more than a thousand students in Appalachia. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

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Brava, Valentine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 212 reviews.
imarose More than 1 year ago
......and I thought it couldn't get any better! VERY VALENTINE, this trilogy's first installment was definitely five stars-good but BRAVA, VALENTINE is at least a 7-plus-er! Valentine Roncalli, "Angelini Shoes since 1903" entrepreneur crawls, walks and sometimes runs through life in Greenwich Village, Tuscany and Argentina. Along the way life is interesting, insightful and entertaining. Her strong desire to survive in her chosen, handed down career propels her to branch out into mass shoe production from her custom made wedding shoes line. In this novel Ms. Trigiani presents us with a multi-dimensional work of art similar to Val's shoes designs. As in her other novels, or perhaps more so in this one, poetry abounds in this author's description of everything we read except for the hilarious dialogue that goes on between the colorful characters in Val's life. With a long lost cousin rediscovered in Buenos Aires intrigue is interjected in the story line. An affair and two potential divorces and Clickety Click's rant - or is it Cluckety Clack"? we have dra-ma! Adding to that is June, a treasured long time employee who has at it with her direct assessment of the Roncalli family. She swings with both fists! 80 year old Gram's wedding in Tuscany to her long time love, Dominic, would have been relatively uneventful if not for her sister the lush, Aunt Feen. We are privvy to Valentine's past love, Bret and to Valentina's present love, Gianluca. All things considered life would be easier with her "husband" Gabe who's a great decorator and cook and more importantly a trusted confidant. Gianluca is European but unprogressive though maybe he's gettin' with it - he acquired a Blackberry the last time I looked. I'm not giving my blessing if she chooses Gianluca since he is old world schooled and she is young, progressive, determined and focused. The ring is lovely but it's not too late to say, "No"! When a man loses his job he becomes "nicer" and more cooperative it seems. Alfred, Val's brother and new business partner is no longer the domineering know-it-all. He's now an asset to the business but maybe not to himself. I've said enough here and recommend you read BRAVA, VALENTINE for yourself. Trust me, you'll love it!
caranj More than 1 year ago
I read the first Valentine book and couldn't wait to start Brava Valentine. It did not disapoint. I was laughing out loud and then a few pages crying real tears. The characters are wonderful. I miss them already
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Adriana Trigiani, this book will not disappoint! Everything she writes is rich, engaging and lovely to read.
SimplyHappy More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this or Very Valentine down. These are amazing books and Adriana Trigiani is an amazing author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't love the Roncalli and Angelini families? I was thrilled to find their return in Adriana Trigiani's new book, "Brava Valentine" and to wrap up some of the unfinished story lines from her preceding book, "Very Valentine". What a treat to go to Gram's lovely wedding in Tuscany, then back through the streets of Greenwich Village and Little Italy, and back again to the gorgeous Isle of Capri, and even an unexpected visit to Buenos Aires. You'll feel as if you just returned from an international travel adventure of your own with old friends and some new ones and your very own romance with GianLuca, the old school romantic that could only exist in a novel like this! You'll grow attached to this family and roll with laughter over the colorful dialogue and hilarious holiday situations. It's not all a fairy-tale though - you'll shed a tear or two as the family faces some of their own challenges and obstacles, love is challenged, and loss is encountered. You'll gasp, cry, and cheer out loud! You'll root for you favorite characters and their relationships. And if you're like me, you'll chant, "Bravo!" in the end. BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! This book will not disappoint. Highly recommended. Can't wait for the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Adriana Trigiani but something was missing from this book. It almost seemed as if she rushed the ending and skipped over parts to finish sooner. I'm assuming there will be another Valentine book to follow but Brava Valentine shouldn't have been rushed. The book was fun and lighthearted and if you are a Trigiani fan, worth the read.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Valentine series is much better than the first. More to the point without all the useless over descriptive details regarding fashion and constant fashion designer name dropping. There was one rather long paragraph that was written completely in Italian without an English translation. Since this was supposed to be a "toast" for a newly married couple, it wasn't all that important to the entire book but it would have been nice if the author had translated it into English. Fast paced and very interesting story. This book gave us more detail about all the characters and how their lives intertwine. A good follow-up book to Very Valentine. The ending leaves you wondering what’s next so you are really compelled to read the third book of this trilogy.
reader53CD More than 1 year ago
Read this book - it is well written, has a believable plot and holds your interest. The first book in the series, VERY VALENTINE, was wonderful,too. I hope MS. Trigiani will finish the valentine series soon!
trishthedish725 More than 1 year ago
Personally, I thought this sequel to Very Valentine was better than the first....I thought the main character (Valentine) brought a lot more insight into her developing character this time, and was sorry to see it end. I, too, hope there is a third novel installment.
sue_c More than 1 year ago
I enjoy all of Adriana's books. She has done a lot of research in the making of shoes for both of the "Valentine" books. She has a special way of touching the human heart, with Grandma's marriage, and Valentine's struggle to find herself. I hated to see the story end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, being of Italian American dissent, I could relate to this family. I read Brava Valentine first, now I'm reading Very Valentine. Love them both, can't wait for the third installment.
bookwormmamaNE More than 1 year ago
I must admit first off Adriana Trigiani is my favorite author with my heart belonging to Lucia Lucia, but this reminds me so much of that book its a very close second!!! I was so excited to read this book once I got into the first chapter I couldn't put it down but did not want to rush through and for the story to end. I think its the romance and the letters throughout that had me gushing over the characters. Such a great read, love the family, love the story, love, Love, LOVE IT!!!!
nanatFL More than 1 year ago
Found this to be a good read for a rainy day or a rerun night on tv. enjoyed it very much. It was the first time i have read this author and looking forward for many more
Phyllie More than 1 year ago
I loveed Very Valentine, but Brava Valentine was kind of a rehash of the original. Kind of a continuation without the character development. It was entertaining though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole series.
RagtopJG More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this so much and was sad when I got to the end. I have read three of her "Valentine" books and am planning on reading more by this author. She made me feel as if I were right there with the characters. Looking forward to reading more Trigiani books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad, not great... but an easy read
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings The second book with the Angelini family that is still centered around Valentine, but with her family taking a close second.  Valentine must decide in this book how to take the family shoe making business to the next level, but also how to work in the shop without her grandmother and with her brother.  Fantastic family drama ensued! I raved yesterday about the characters and the setting that Adriana Trigiani has in her books and with this review trying to keep it mostly spoiler free - I have to say that I love how Trigiani balances the story and the way she moves it forward effortlessly.  With the second book in the series, I was concerned that it may falter and stall out, but instead, I was just even more invested in how these characters were going to interact.  I didn't wait one minute when I finished this one to start the third!
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I loved it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed so hard for the first few chapters. Then it got slow, mundane, a little boring. It was just alright, not as great as others rated it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago