Readers will identify with the rich characters, complex subplots and stylish writing that Trigiani develops in her masterful sequel to Very Valentine. Complex family and social issues enhance this novel, which resonates when completed. Valentine leads you into the complicated workings of her life, and leaves readers hoping the final novel in this trilogy will answer some questions yet unresolved.

Valentine Roncalli takes over the Angelini Shoe Company in Manhattan when its previous director, her grandmother, marries and moves to Italy. With this challenge comes her desire to expand her family's custom-made business into a mass-market shoe line. Complicating this new direction, Gram has designated Alfred, Valentine's uptight brother, as the company's CFO, forcing the siblings to work together in the new dynasty.

After discovering an old shoe design from an unknown relative, Valentine is led on a quest to Argentina to discover long-lost relatives who will produce her new, affordable shoes. While trying to find balance in her business and personal life, she meets Gianluca, Gram's handsome new Italian son-in-law. Totally smitten, she learns from Gianluca how to trust her heart. (HARPER, Feb., 352 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed by: 
Diane Thompson