win prizes books of the month
Search our site
Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner Read the opening extract of the brand new Susie Steiner book before its publication on 05/04/2018

Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Sarah Broadhurst's view...

The first in a trilogy about a single mid-30s New Yorker who breaks up with her boyfriend and decides to give everything up and move in with her grandmother to help run the family business of custom made bridal shoes. Though on the surface this seems little more than a glorious homage to Sex and the City it is in fact so much more than that. Yes there’s a smouldering divorced chef who wins Valentine’s heart but there’s also a big, sprawling, heart-warming family and a plot which is predominantly about being true to who you really are and not being afraid of anything. Valentine’s grandmother is an amazing character (a 79 year old career woman!) and the book a joy to read.

If you like Adriana Trigiani you might also like to read books by Fannie Flagg, Elizabeth Bert and Penny Vincenzi.

Who is Sarah Broadhurst


Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani

Meet Valentine, an unforgettable and passionate woman with a heart and a dream as big as New York City. Her dream? To design the perfect pair of shoes ...The Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. Now, in the twenty-first century, the company run so devotedly by Valentine and her grandmother Teodora faces financial ruin. Juggling a romantic relationship with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design competition for a prestigious department store, Valentine accompanies her grandmother to Italy in the hope of finding inspiration. There, in Tuscany and on the Isle of Capri, she discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life around in ways she never expected.

About the Author

Adriana Trigiani

Adriana Trigiani is the author of fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker's Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the bestselling memoir Don't Sing at the Table. She is also the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

Photo copyright: Tim Stevenson 2008

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

9th October 2014


Adriana Trigiani

More books by Adriana Trigiani
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...
Loading twitter updates...


Simon & Schuster Ltd


432 pages


Relationship Stories
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



Their sending me my first book to review 18 months ago re-awakened my fondness for reading, since then I have purchased some real gems.

Barry Griffiths

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

If you love reading, then you'll love Lovereading! Full of tips & info for every discerning reader.

Lynne Rapson

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!


Lovereading always comes up with great suggestions and has introduced me to enjoyable books and new authors to discover.

Gaynor Passmore

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Lovereading has given me the opportunity to delve into new and exciting worlds of authors who I would never have tried before.

Glynis Elliott

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins