Very Valentine

From Terry DelBalso

Title:  Very Valentine 

Author:  Adriana Trigiani

This book takes you on a jouney from Greenwich Village to Italy and back as the main character Valentine Roncalli steps up to save the family business. Her grandmother is running a business that has been in the family sice 1903 which is failing finacially as the world of craftmanship gets phased out. Valentine finds strength she did not even know she had to bring it to the next level and while doing so she finds love where she least expected it.

Light in the Ruins

From Eileen Effrat
Author: Chris Bohjalian
Title: Light in the Ruins
Shifting in time between the German occupation of Italy (1943-1944) and the year 1955, this is an historical mystery that focuses on the Rosati family, a Tuscan family of noble lineage. The story begins in 1955 with the brutal murder of Francesca Rosati, daughter-in-law of the marchese. When the marchese meets a similar fate, it becomes clear someone bears a great deal of hatred for the family. Is this a vendetta for past or present deeds? I enjoyed this as much as Bohjalian’s earlier book, Skeleton’s at the Feast, that also explores events from World War II.

Under the Tuscan Sun

From Francine Schwarz
author: Mayes, Frances
Under the Tuscan Sun
Although the plot of the book was different from the movie’s, her descriptions of Cortona made me feel as if I was in Tuscany.  So real is her writing that I found myself craving espresso during the day and cappuccino in the evening.  I have renewed interests in my vegetable garden and in Italian wines.  It you want a trip to Italy without leaving the States read this book!