And the last new release for the month that is not tour-associated, yet part of the NetGalley November Challenge!
The first I have read of the Valentine Series, I had heard the buzz surrounding Adriana Trigiani’s books and this looked to be an interesting read. I didn’t find it difficult to follow the characters or see great gaps missing in my understanding of the story: Trigiani had large swathes of text dedicated to explanation and information that provided plenty of information even as it did slow the pacing.
We enter the story on Christmas Eve, a very raucous family event full of laughter, love and memories. One very wicked and nasty aunt who has managed to throw a damper on the enjoyment is the center of controversy, making Valentine’s announcement a bit of an anti-climactic event.
She and Giancarlo are newly engaged, and while he has a business in Italy, he is willing to stay in New York so Valentine can continue with her passion of shoe design. While delving into the issues surrounding the building and solidifying of a relationship, and spanning two years, the story is laden with the ins and outs of relationships and family dynamics.
Sadly, this was not the story I was hoping for with several repetitive ideas that served to distract rather than reinforce the points of Giancarlo’s “Italian-ness” and the difficulties of learning to live life instead of just moving through the day. Surprisingly, to me, Valentine felt rather clueless about her own wishes, needs and direction, even as her fiancé was working to help her discover her choices. And while it took a significant part of the story before the title’s relevance emerged, that too was a bit of a letdown: while I hoped for more conflict and situations surrounding a new venture and didn’t feel as if that was delivered.
While fans of the series to this point will find several things to appreciate in this book, I do think that it missed the mark set by the buzz and excitement of earlier installments.
Title: The Supreme Macaroni Company
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Genre: Literary Fiction /Family Saga
Published by: Harper Collins
Source: Publisher Via Edelweiss
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 52 minutes
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For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This historic business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the school teacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.
A piece of surprising news is revealed at The Feast of the Seven Fishes when Valentine and Gianluca join her extended family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Now faced with life altering choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." The proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves-the bitter and the sweetness of life itself.
Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: a portrait of a woman and the man she loves, her passion for craftsmanship, and the sacrifices it takes to build and sustain a family business while keeping love and laughter at the center of everything.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher Via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.