Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani: Review & Giveaway!


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.


~Giveaway~

Thanks to Harper Collins, I have one copy of Brava Valentine to give away!

  • Open to U.S. and Canada Only.
  • Make sure to include your email address so that I can contact you in case you win! Otherwise, I won't be able to include your name in the drawing.
  • Leave a comment and let me know which of Adriana Trigiani's book are your favorite, if you haven't read one of her books (you've GOT to read one of her books!) which book would you like to read? You can visit Adriana Trigiani's website, here or Harper Collins website for titles of Trigiani's books.
  • Giveaway ends, March 26, 2010. I'll use random.org to choose a winner.
 Good Luck!!


35 comments:

  1. I have not read any of her books, but they are definitely on my list, especially Very Valentine.

    dlodden at frontiernet dot net

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  2. Nice review, Bonnie. I absolutely loved this book (even more than Very Valentine - and I loved that one!). It's on my 2010 Favorite Books list. I'm not going to enter the giveaway because I already have it. Now we have to wait another year for the third book. Something to look forward to : )

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  3. I have not read any of them, and frankly I would like to read them all. I've seen Brava Valentine in a few blogospheres, and really want to read it.

    freda.mans[at]sympatico.ca

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  4. Sounds like a great read! No need to enter me, but I love how you talk about how this book is such a sensory experience. I love it when books have that!

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  5. I read Very Valentine and look forward to reading more about her (and hopefully she takes another trip to Italy)

    bookmagic418@gmail.com

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  6. I've not yet read any of her books. But, I'd like to start with Very Valentine. I've been entering all around the blogosphere in the hopes of winning Brava Valentine. My fingers are crossed.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I haven't read anything by Adriana Trigiani yet but a few of her books are on my TBR and I'm really looking forward to reading them! I very much want to read the Valentine books. I think the stories are captivating and I've always loved the name/word valentine.

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Bonnie!

    Aimala127 AT gmail DOT com

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  8. would like to read 'very valentine'

    karenk
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I really enjoyed Very Valentine and would love to win Adriana's new book. polo-puppy-fluffy at hotmail dot com

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  10. I read her YA series and loved it! Definitely interested in the difference between her contemporary novels and teen novels--plus her voice is beautiful!

    yan.pocky(at)gmail.com

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  11. Haven't read any of them yet, but I'd sure like to. Please enter me.

    tbranco(at)hughes(dot)net

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  12. I'd like to read Viola In Reel Life by Trigiani, as I haven't really read her yet and I love YA.

    goodbooksandgoodwine(at)gmail.com

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  13. What a great review! I can't wait to read this. I really liked "Lucia, Lucia"--worth checking out if you haven't read it!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I love this author so much and I loved your review. I have both of these books and am really excited to get to them one of these days!

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  15. I'd like to read this.

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  16. Sounds like a great book. I have not read any of her books yet but besides this one I would like to read Very Valentine.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  17. I've been meaning to pick up Very Valentine for some time; the books sound like so much fun!

    litandlifeATgmailDOTcom

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  18. This would be a new author for me, I'd like to be included! tWarner419@aol.com

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  19. My favorite was Viola in Reel Life...thanks for the contest!

    belle2211(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. I would like to share this with my book club.
    enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

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  21. I LOVE this author!! I have read all of her books and genuinely enjoyed every.single.one. I cannot pick a favorite, I liked them all so much!

    Fun contest, thanks!! :)

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    riverfolk4@gmail.com

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  22. I've heard such great things about this author, but not read anything yet. Thank you for the giveaway.

    s.mickelson at gmail dot com

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  23. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of her books yet, but I'd like to start witht his one! :)

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  24. My favorite is also Viola in Reel Life as that's the only book by her I've read, but I'd love to read more of her books! :D

    chibikagome7(at)yahoo.com

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  25. I haven't read any of Adriana's books but Very Valentine & Bravo Valentine have certainly peaked my interest.
    pk4290@comcast.net
    Love & Hugs,
    Pam

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  26. I have never encountered this author before and wonder why. The cover is gorgeous, the storyline sounds intriguing, and I'm a fan all Italian stories. I'll have to go visit the author's site.

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

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  27. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I think I'd like to read Home to Big Stone Gap.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  28. I love, love, love Big Stone Gap! Would love to read the new one!!!! g_m_bell@yahoo.com

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  29. Bonnie, I read VERY VALENTINE recently and could not put the book down! If it were possible, I want to custom order a pair of shoes from Valentine's family business for the 20th anniversary in 5 years :) Thank you for the giveaway. LaurieLee

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  30. Reading Very Valenting right now...already know I'll want to read this one too. Thanks for the giveaway! Kristy kristy.thomson@gmail.com

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  31. I have 'Very Valentine' but sadly have not read anything by this author. I would love to win this book. Carol
    ca_poquette@hotmail.com

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  32. Okay, if I have to pick, it would be BIG STONE GAP since it was my introduction to Adriana Trigiani. And you know the story, so won't go into it here about DH being from there...okay so I went into it a little....

    VWinship at aol dot com

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  33. I haven't read any of her books yet. But I would love to read Home To Big Stone Gap. This book sounds really good too. Please enter me. Thanks!

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  34. I haven't read any of Adriana Trigiani's books yet, but I want to start with "Very Valentine".

    Thanks ~ megalon22 at yahoo dot com

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