Very Valentine

Doesn’t the title, Very Valentine, conjure great visual images? In this case, the pages that follow don’t disappoint. With the unusual new world of custom bridal shoes, Adriana Trigiani has crafted another story of complex family dynamics, personal growth, and romance. Mrs. Trigiani is a master with dialogue. She’s lean on settings, narratative and backstory, usually bringing enough snippets to the table to let  the reader spin their own corners and doors around the rooms. I did relish the way she described the  NYC (on the Hudson River) small, family-owned ,shoe factory (and the above 2-story apartment) because it read like something the artist Mary Engelbreit would have created. And, oh, to be able to get a reservation at the fictional Ca ‘d Or. Wow.  The risotto scene made me drool. I’ve been reading her books for years–ever since I found the first Big Stone Gap story—because she tells the kind of story I love to read.  Find out more information at her website. In the mean time, rush out to  your favorite bookstore (or library) for a fun way to find an ‘everyday vacation.’