Author: Adriana Trigiani
Provided Synopsis: 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.
Review: There is just something about Adriana Trigiani books — and the Valentine series in particular — that warms my heart and leaves me with life lessons to think about. In the final installment of this trilogy Valentine is on the verge of having it all. The custom wedding shoes business that she has inherited from her grandmother is stable; the mass retail shoe line she has begun is on the cusp of fruition; and the love of her life has asked her to marry him. Once you mix in the endearing (and hilarious!) cast of supporting characters comprised of Valentine’s large Italian family, the fun is never ending. But what I took to be the most wonderful aspect of this book is the commentary on marriage, especially a new marriage like our heroine’s.
Valentine is ambitious; she has plenty of dreams about her business and is under the delusion that a marriage would lead to nothing changing in the way she leads her day to day life. She believes that an independent woman should not have to sacrifice anything to her husband, and this leads to plenty of arguments and revelations along the way. The plot twist that occurs towards the end of the book was very unexpected, yet applicable to all that Valentine’s husband had been trying to teach her since they had met. She learns that it is wonderful to have dreams, but that they must also be coupled with the people who will bring you the greatest amount of joy. Compromise, sacrifice, and communication are necessary no matter what anyone does. Lessons such as these can be found throughout the trilogy; they make up the heart of the story and evolve to be at where Valentine is in her life.
My only issue with this book was how quickly it could move. It is the final story of the series, and it makes a point to include everything the author wanted to tell about Valentine’s life over the time span of two years. Because of this I often wanted things to slow down so that I might appreciate things more. For that reason, The Supreme Macaroni Company is not my favorite book of the trilogy, but this continues to be a series that I would recommend to plenty of people. The lessons that can be learned are relatable to my friends and I. The author is a master at creating setting and well-formed characters. I’ll miss Valentine, but I’ll always look forward to more work from Trigiani in the future.