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Brava, Valentine : a novel
Adriana Trigiani
Adult Fiction TRIGIAN

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Summary: Adriana Trigiani's bestselling novels are beloved by millions of readers around the world. From the Big Stone Gap series to Lucia, Lucia, each is a sumptuous treat as Trigiani tells hilarious and romantic stories that we want to return to again and again. Very Valentine, an instant New York Times bestseller, introduced the contemporary family saga of the Roncalli and Angelini families, artisans of handcrafted wedding shoes in Greenwich Village since 1903. As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine's dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, "the prince," Valentine's only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca's heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible. As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine's first love and former fiancé who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world. A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her. Brava, Valentine, Trigiani's best novel yet, delivers a hilarious and poignant mix of colorful worlds and unforgettable characters as only she can create them.


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main characters Valentine Roncalli
Female
Age: 33
Italian American
Took over her family's shoe businessl at odds with her brother; travels on a business venture to Buenos Aires.
Businesswoman

Teodora Angelini
Female
Age: 80
Italian American
Just married her longtime lover.
Businesswoman

Alfred Roncalli
Male
Italian American
Valentine's brother and business partner in the family business.
Businessman

Gianluca Vechiarelli
Male
Italian
Valentine's boyfriend.
Tanner

June Lawton
Female
Valentine's mentor.
Businesswoman

Gabriel Biondi
Female
Valentine's best friend; moved into a home.

Bret Fitzpatrick
Male
Valentine's former fiance; still in love with Valentine.
Financier



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