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19 May 2018

Stacking the Shelves #46

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I can include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks. All book title links will direct you to Goodreads.
I went with my sister to Barnes & Noble to get her grandson some books for his upcoming birthday and I browsed all my favorite genres. I kept asking myself, “why am I doing this stupid book buying ban anyway?” I was so tempted to buy all the newest releases that I’ve missed out on and it didn’t help that I had coupons. I’m happy to report that I was able to control myself.

This week I only have one book to share, an audiobook borrowed from the library. I have plenty of audiobooks on hold, a few in line for next available and I’m very much looking forward to starting those. I’m only about four hours into the book below, and so far, I like it. 

Meet the Roncalli and Angelini families, a vibrant cast of colorful characters who navigate tricky family dynamics with hilarity and brio, from magical Manhattan to the picturesque hills of bella Italia. "Very Valentine" is the first novel in a trilogy and is sure to be the new favorite of Trigiani's millions of fans around the world. 

In this luscious, contemporary family saga, the Angelini Shoe Company, makers of exquisite wedding shoes since 1903, is one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village. The company is on the verge of financial collapse. It falls to thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli, the talented and determined apprentice to her grandmother, the master artisan Teodora Angelini, to bring the family's old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century and save the company from ruin. 

While juggling a budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother to learn new techniques and seek one-of-a-kind materials for building a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. There, in Tuscany, Naples, and on the Isle of Capri, a family secret is revealed as Valentine discovers her artistic voice and much more, turning her life and the family business upside down in ways she never expected. "Very Valentine" is a sumptuous treat, a journey of dreams fulfilled, a celebration of love and loss filled with Trigiani's trademark heart and humor.
Have you read Very Valentine or any books by the author, Adriana Trigiani? Have a wonderful day and happy reading -J 


  1. Book buying bans are tough! Kudos to you for holding firm. :) Ha ha hope you have a great weekend!

    1. The struggle is real ;) Have a great weekend Greg.

  2. Yay on managing to exert some self-control! That's something I've never really figured out.

    I haven't read this Adriana Trigiani book, but I did read The Shoemaker's Wife several years ago and enjoyed it.

    Have a great weekend. - Katie

    1. I may have to add The Shoemaker's Wife to my every growing list. Thanks for visiting Katie.

  3. I didn't buy any books this week, for the first time this year-and I am not on a ban!!

    1. I once had week's like that, a long time ago. I was always surprised when I didn't purchase at least one book. Have a great day Joann.


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