Very Valentine

Version: Unabridged
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Comedy
Publisher: HarperAudio
Published In: February 2009
# of Units: 12 CDs
Length: 13 hours
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Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. Very Valentine is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world.

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin.

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. Very Valentine is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.

Reviews (4)


Written by Lori M on February 9th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Loved it! Especially meaningful if you come from a large Italian family (which I do). First of a trilogy? Where are the rest? The only thing, what was with the music? The music itself was nice, but it was just interjected in random places. At times, because the narration was paused, I thought I was actually getting a phone call! Then the narration started again and the music faded. I mean, I'm all for music in the right places, it can add a certain mood etc. The music in this book was just in weird places and didn't add anything to the story.

Very Valentine - Very Enjoyable

Written by Anonymous on June 20th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Very Valentine is very enjoyable. The author makes you feel and taste the Italian American food, family and way of life. The parts in Italy make you eager to take in the country rich in culture and tradition.

Very Valentine

Written by on November 21st, 2012

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Like having someone read you fashion magazine descriptions of shoes, clothes and furniture for 14 hours. Oh, and food and the sky too. Maybe if it had not been in first person, the only viewpoint that of the poor-me 'heroine', it might have been more interesting.

good story

Written by michelle on May 5th, 2011

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Good narrator, good story. A few times I thought I was ahead of the book, and it would turn just a little differntly that I thought it would go, adding another dimesion to the story. I was concerned by its length, thinking it might be a lot of extra unnecessary parts, but it was very good, and making it shorter would have been to the story's detriment. Well written.

Author Details

Author Details

Trigiani, Adriana

Adriana Trigiani is the bestselling author of the Big Stone Gap series and the bestselling novels "Lucia, Lucia"; "The Queen of the Big Time"; and "Rococo"; as well as "Viola in Reel Life", the first book in a new young adult series. She has written and will direct the big-screen version of her first novel, "Big Stone Gap". She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.