Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
My Review (5 Stars: Loved it!)
This is the love story of two Italian immigrants. I loved the inside look into their lives. My grandparents came through Ellis Island to America from Ireland, so I had a special interest in what it was like in New York during the early 1900’s.
Ciro Lazzari and Enza Ravanelli had a significant fateful meeting in the Italian Alps in their early teens. However, Ciro, an orphan, suddenly found himself being shipped off to America. For a long time Enza would not know what happened to him.
Years later Ciro and Enza have additional fateful encounters in America. I was rooting for Ciro and Enza to succeed in America and recognize that they were meant for each other.
Author Adriana Trigiani does an excellent job in laying out these characters lives. Her writing style is eloquent. This is the novel she “was born to write” as it is based on the true story of her grandparents. I was amazed at her skill in recounting this beautiful love story.
the italian alps
A GOLD RING
Un Anello d’oro
“The scalloped hem of Caterina Lazzari’s blue velvet coat grazed the fresh-fallen snow, leaving a pale pink path on the bricks as she walked across the empty piazza. The only sound was the soft, rhythmic sweep of her footsteps, like hands dusting flour across an old wooding cutting board.”
What Others Are Saying (from the author’s website)
“A real-life, beautiful love story about passion and perseverance….A must-read.” –The Today Show
“This expansive epic, which seems tailor-made for a miniseries, manages to feel both old fashioned and thoroughly contemporary….[An] irresistible love story.” –Booklist
“Trigiani’s very best… Exquisite writing and a story enriched by the power of abiding love.” –USA Today
Also By Adriana Trigiani
Home to Big Stone Gap
The Queen of the Big Time
Milk Glass Moon
Big Cherry Holler
Big Stone Gap
young adult fiction
Viola in Reel Life
Viola in the Spotlight
Don’t Sing at the Table
Cooking with My Sisters (coauthor)