Thursday, December 12, 2013

TLC Book Tours Book Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

About The Supreme Macaroni Company

• Hardcover: 352 pages

• Publisher: Harper (November 26, 2013)

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.

The Supreme Macaroni Company is Trigiani at her comedic and dramatic best, the inside story of a family business, and the shoemaker who carries on the tradition while juggling a new marriage and family. The pull between old world Italian ways and American ambition tear at Valentine, as a secret is revealed that changes the course of her life. The story takes the reader from the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village, to lush New Orleans, and home to Italy, in Tuscany and on the Amalfi coast, with a surprise twist that takes the action to America’s rust belt, Youngstown, Ohio.

Review: Adriana Trigiani is one of those authors that you can't help but love. She weaves stories of complex families and love and life.

I read The Shoemaker's Wife last year and it blew me away.

The Supreme Macaroni Company is no less awesome. This is the final book in the Valentine trilogy and it is a fine conclusion to this series. I think it could be read as a stand alone novel, but reading the prior two books will help you along so that you understand the wild and wonderful family dynamics.

I love Valentine and love Gianluca....The relationship you see here is so real and full of drama, even though their world isn't one that most could relate to. They don't have high society drama, but rather family drama. The kind of drama you get when two cultures marry.

And though I don't wish to spoil will be crying towards the end. No, you will be bawling your eyes out.

This is supposed to be the last book in the trilogy, but I hope Adriana continues Valentine's story, because it didn't really feel finished to me.

Rating: 5 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Now that the series is finished I want to get all three books and read them straight through. I KNOW I'm going to love them!

Thanks for being on the tour.

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