Saturday, 20 September 2014
New York and Shoes
Valentine is back! In the 3rd book in the series following our favourite shoemaker, we pick up the story immediately after the events in Encore Valentine.
Valentine has finally found her Prince Charming and everything looks set for a lifetime of happiness but Valentine's stubborn nature, perfectionism and drive to be the best designer there is lead to many bumps in the road on the way to marriage and that happy ever after. Both Valentine & Gianluca have to overcome a lot to build up a strong and happy marriage.
The Roncalli family is still as bumptious and lively as ever and there are plenty of laughs but there are some sad moments in this book. The author has captured the highs and lows of family life and the shop that is the heart of the family and becomes even more so in this story, as Valentine's empire starts to expand.
The title refers to the factory Valentine starts to produce her own shoes but also to the twists and turns that life brings - we never know what is going to happen next in life, or in this book.
Trigiani's characters are wonderful from my favourites Aunt Feen and Gabriel, to the wider family, and she seems to really capture the atmosphere of New York in all its busy-ness. There are laugh out loud moments but also moments of great sadness.
I don't know if there will be a 4th book in this series but it will be interesting to see what happens next in Valentine's and her extended families lives.