*I received an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book from the Author.*
I have a special place in my heart for Adriana Trigiani’s books. They’re warm, welcoming, family oriented and they simply make you feel good. A little romance, a little over-the-top Italian family drama, some anachronistic professions that feel quaint in the modern world – they’re simple.
This particular book is about Valentine, a shoemaker, who falls in love with Gianluca, her much older leather supplier. It’s a nice enough story, but it felt a little artificial. Valentine is constantly worrying – about his age, about whether they should have kids, about her ex who is still present in her life, about where to live. On the one hand, these are issues that need to be worked out before marriage. On the other, both her and Gianluca were so uncompromisingly stubborn.
It made the end of the book particularly sad for me. I thought Valentine could’ve made more concessions to Gianluca, and made more of an effort. It felt like Gianluca gave and gave, and she simply got what she wanted. It didn’t feel like a partnership.
I recommend checking out her other novels – this was not my favorite.