This sequel to Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine continues to follow custom shoemaker Valentine Roncalli and her vibrant Italian family. Brava, Valentine opens with the romantic wedding of her 80-year-old grandmother in Tuscany, then segues back to their shop in Greenwich Village where Valentine must learn how to deal with her brother as a freshly-ordained business partner.
The most interesting scenes, however, take place in Buenos Aires, where Valentine discovers a long lost cousin who coincidentally operates a similar business. At first cousin Roberta appears reticent and a bit defensive, actions which appear reasonable once the full, scandalous story is told. Plus, Buenos Aires is where she passionately reunites with sexy Italian tanner, Gianluca. True to Trigiani’s usual form, this new novel is both heartwarming and humorous.
The author, earlier known for her Big Stone Gap series, has also written an entertaining cookbook, Cooking with My Sisters, which includes many memorable anecdotes and photos of her colorful family.