Adriana Trigiani is one of my favourite writers of women’s fiction, having read eight of her books to date. I enjoyed reading Vera Valentine and subsequently Brava Valentine because I could identify with the main character. However, in this third book I almost feel that Valentine has changed from the smart, thoughtful and endearing character that she was and has become someone that I really feel no affinity to anymore. It seems that the author just wanted to finish this story and move on. The character development in the previous two novels was so good, I was excited to learn more about Valenine’s new romance, her life with her family (both old and new) and her continuing artistic endeavours. Unfortunately, the plot just sort of peters out and seems unresolved. Adriana’s skill at storytelling is witty and skillful; however, my expectations were not met with this book.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, I do look forward to reading more of Adriana’s stories in the future.