In Brava, Valentine, Adriana Trigiani has spun a beautiful story that is full of romance, family, friendship and so much more. I am a huge fan of Adriana Trigiani's writing and I couldn't wait to read her newest book. Brava, Valentine follows Very Valentine (read my review here) and it is the second novel in a trilogy about Valerie Angelini a single woman in her mid-thirties, the blending of families as her grandmother marries and moves to Italy, and a family business that continues to grow and change. The story opens with the families together in Italy as Teodora the grandmother, and matriarch of the family marries Dominic. This leaves Valentine with the running of the families custom shoe business along with her brother whom she doesn't have the best relationship with.
There is much change ahead for Valentine and her family. There are wonderful scenes with her Italian family and friends that made me laugh. The cast of characters are ones that are relatable and as a reader you can imagine them in real life.
Valentine is once again trying to find a balance between her love life and her dedication to the success of Angelini Shoes. Will she find love and what will happen between her and Gianluca, the tanner she met in Very Valentine?
Valentine travels to Buenos Aires where she unearths a family secret and again is challenged between the choices of her business and her love life. Can she find a balance or does her business come first?
Brava Valentine can be read on its own but I highly suggest that you read Very Valentine first. It sets the story and explains much of the background that leads into Brava Valentine. It is rich with substance and both of the books are full of vivid details of color and texture that related to the food and leather and fabrics in the shoes that were made. Reading this book was definitely a sensory experience in itself rich with details that allows the reader to imagine the experience.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of both books. You'll enjoy the fun, drama and of course...there is one more book left in this trilogy. We are left hanging a little bit at the end and I can't wait for the next book to find out the answers!
Disclosure: Thanks to Harper Collins for sending me an advanced reading copy for review. I am an Amazon Associate.
Thanks to Harper Collins, I have one copy of Brava Valentine to give away!
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