Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani (CLOSED)

***Congratulations to Suko, winner of the giveaway!!! Thanks to all who entered!  

Title: The Supreme Macaroni Company 
Author: Adriana Trigiani 
Series: Valentine, #3
Published: November 2013, Harper
Format: ARC Paperback, 352 pages 
Source: TLC Books Tours 


For over a hundred years, the Angelini Shoe Company in Greenwich Village has relied on the leather produced by Vechiarelli & Son in Tuscany. This historic business partnership provides the twist of fate for Valentine Roncalli, the school teacher turned shoemaker, to fall in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner with a complex past . . . and a secret.

A piece of surprising news is revealed at The Feast of the Seven Fishes when Valentine and Gianluca join her extended family on a fateful Christmas Eve. Now faced with life altering choices, Valentine remembers the wise words that inspired her in the early days of her beloved Angelini Shoe Company: "A person who can build a pair of shoes can do just about anything." The proud, passionate Valentine is going to fight for everything she wants and savor all she deserves-the bitter and the sweetness of life itself.

Romantic and poignant, told with humor and warmth, and bursting with a cast of endearing characters, The Supreme Macaroni Company is a sumptuous feast of delights: a portrait of a woman and the man she loves, her passion for craftsmanship, and the sacrifices it takes to build and sustain a family business while keeping love and laughter at the center of everything.

My thoughts: My love affair with Adriana Trigiani began when I first came across her books Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine about five years ago. I read those two books and loved them and while patiently waiting for the final book in this trilogy to come out, I devoured just about every other book Adriana has written.

This latest book, originally supposed to have come out last year and to be titled Ciao, Valentine, was finally released this week and what a story it was!  I will say I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about the name change - and it isn't until you get about half way through that you even understand how the new title fits it, but that aside, the story itself is amazing, full of emotion and surprises along the way.

Valentine remains one of my favorite Adriana Trigiani characters, and while it's been a while since I've read the previous two books, it was quite easy to jump back into the series. Picking up right where Brava, Valentine left off, I felt as if I was meeting up with old friends. The story takes place in NYC, New Orleans and Italy and once again it's so easy to picture yourself right there alongside the characters with all the descriptive writing.

I love how Adriana really gets to the heart of relationships between some of her characters, for instance, Valentine's Dad gives a lovely and touching toast on Christmas Eve about how he came up with Valentine's name - it was so sweet I got a little teary-eyed! And then there's Aunt Feen...oh what a crochety old lady she can be at times, especially when she's had a drink or two. I just love all these wonderfully drawn characters...all dynamic in their own right.

My only complaint is that this is the last time we get to visit with Valentine, unless we reread the books, which now that all three books are out, I might just do so I can read them all consecutively. So much happens in this last book and while I understand that trilogies must come to an end, part of me feels that just maybe Adriana Trigiani left it so that she could revisit Valentine at some point if she were so inclined. What do you think Adriana, if enough fans begged for more Valentine, would you give us more?


Books in this series:
  1. Very Valentine
  2. Brava, Valentine
  3. The Supreme Macaroni Company

GIVEAWAY DETAILS - CLOSED (US/Canada only) 
Thanks to Trish at TLC Book Tours, I have one copy of The Supreme Macaroni to give away to my readers.
 

To enter… 


  • For 1 entry leave me a comment entering the giveaway.
  • Tweet, share on Facebook, or blog for 2 extra entries.
  • Please include email address so I can contact you if you win.
This giveaway is open to US/Canada residents only and ends December 1st.  


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33 comments

  1. I have not read any of this author's books yet. But they really look good.

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  2. Give fab would love to read this book.lomazowr@gmail.com.Will tweet @Rhondareads

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  3. I love Adriana's way of telling a story! She always makes me smile and cringe in the same story.

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  4. Sounds great. can't wait to read it. jtretin at aol dot com. I have tweeted - @readsalways

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  5. I've been wanting to read this for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway! Mcstone84 at gmail dot com

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  6. This is a new author to me so I am very anxious to get to know her and her books. Love good books and good authors!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  7. This sounds wonderful, Kristin! I haven't read anything by Adriana Trigiani, but I'd love to remedy that! Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I'll share it in my blog's sidebar.

    suko95(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Can't wait to read this--have loved the series.

    gertyp44 at yahoo dot com

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  9. This sounds like so much more than just a romance. I look for great characters and the opportunity to learn something and this book seems like it fills the bill. Thank you for the chnace to win.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  10. I tweeted: http://t.co/6HymClBMM4

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I've read the first two books and can't wait for this book!

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  12. I enjoyed the first two books and look forward to this wonderful story. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Adriana Trigiani's novels are memorable.Love them all. Thanks for this great giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. I loved the first two books, eagerly awaiting the final book!

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  15. I love series books and this is one that sounds like it would be great to get cozy with!! Thanks for the giveaway! booksintheburbs (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. This is just the kind of book and series that we both love to read. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    carlscott(at)prodigy(dot)net(dot)mx
    I also tweeted a link to this post: https://twitter.com/carlrscott/status/403617460500189184

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  17. I absolutely love this series and I adore the character of Valentine. Thank you for this awesome giveaway. Chris327@mac.com

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  18. This sounds like an intriguing book. I haven't read this author before. Thanks so much for this giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  19. I love all of her books! Looking forward to reading this one!
    Jhuelsebusch@sbcglobal.net

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  20. I have this one and hope to get to it next week. Glad you liked it!

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  21. I love all of Adriana's books!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  22. Totally great name! LOVE IT!
    Thanks for sharing!

    OH and I tweeted: https://twitter.com/MeghanStith/status/404070982542831616

    mestith at gmail dot com

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  23. I loved the first two books and look forward to reading this one. nisethusfarATyahooDOTcom.

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  24. You gave a wonderful review, I want to read all three books now.
    kathleen.bianchi@ymail.com

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  25. New to your blog, love it! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. Oops forgot my email. ladybook21 atyahoodotcom

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  27. Whoops, forgot my email.
    gmapeony@yahoo.com

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  28. This author is new to me. This book sounds good. Will have to check her out.
    lovesthemets@yahoo.com

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  29. Yeah, it's always sad to see a trilogy end, but it is always fun rereading them!
    mandichildress@gmail.com

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  30. Great author. Thanks for the giveaway. Tweeted @readsalways. jtretin at aol dot com

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  31. I've enjoyed Ms. Trigiani's previous work and would love to read THE SUPREME MACARONI COMPANY. Hope I'm not too late to enter! I shared on Facebook (see https://www.facebook.com/katherine.ivan.7/posts/670771382960425). Thank you! kateivan (at) aol (dot) com

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