Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani is the first book in a trilogy about Valentine Roncalli, a 33-year-old who is an apprentice to her grandmother and their family's wedding shoe company, Angelini Shoe Company, that's been around since 1903. Unfortunately, the company is also on the verge of financial collapse. Valentine must save the company from disaster while also juggling her new romance with famous chef, Roman Falconi and competing in a shoe design challenge from a prestigious department store. This book takes Valentine to Italy on a trip with her grandmother where she learns new techniques and finds new materials for her one of a kind shoes while a family secret is also revealed.
Like most books I read, it was a fun, easy read with a great cast of characters. I was rooting for Valentine the whole time to be successful in her family's company but also in romance. The ending was a bit predictable but good. When Valentine and her grandmother travel to Italy, the author does a great job of describing Italy and it makes me very excited to go there in September for the first time. The second book in this trilogy, Brava, Valentine, recently came out and I can't wait to get my hands on it.