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The fateful first meeting of Enza and Ciro takes place amid the haunting majesty of the Italian Alps at the turn of the last century. Still teenagers, they are separated when Ciro is banished from his village and sent to hide in New York's Little Italy, apprenticed to a shoemaker, leaving a bereft Enza behind. But when her own family faces disaster, she, too, is forced to emigrate to America. Though destiny will reunite the star-crossed lovers, it will, just as abruptly, separate them once again-sending Ciro off to serve in World War I, while Enza is drawn into the glamorous world of the opera . . . and into the life of the international singing sensation Enrico Caruso. Still, Enza and Ciro have been touched by fate-and, ultimately, the power of their love will change their lives forever.

A riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny, inspired by the author's own family history, The Shoemaker's Wife is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write.

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The Shoemaker's Wife
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The Shoemaker's Wife
November 9th, 2015
Loved it from start to finish. Depth, wonderfully layered. I felt like I had visited the hills. Heart warming and a true love story.
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The Shoemakers Wife
November 15th, 2014
A beautifully writen epic l8ve story. From hu, ble beginnings in the Italian to the glamor of New York City onto Minnesoto in the turn of the last century . A story of love, frienship, strength, weakness and loss. ! Ore than just romance and yet a beautiful romantic story. A story built on family's l8ve, friendship love , about stuggles and success. An American tale.
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The Shoemakets Wife
May 7th, 2014
Although rather 2 dimensional in places, this is a truly lovely story of strength, endurance, and courage, and the importance of family and of those friends who are as close as family.
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Good read
April 7th, 2014
Not bad...a bit draggy a times but worth the read. Could be named differently.
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January 24th, 2014
I enjoyed and loved this book (along with Adriana Trigiani's other books, "Lucia, Lucia", "Brava Valentine", "'Very Valentine", "Don't Sing at the Table", "Viola in Reel Life", and more. But "The Shoemaker's Wife" is very special to me, my grandmother travelled from Toscana to Argentina at 17-year-old to marry my grandfather (they met during a trip my grandfather's family made to Italy). My grandma was VERY SPECIAL in my life, he taught me everything, she still is a very important to me, her stories about her childhood in the mountains, she taught me how to cook, sew, knit, she read to me in Italian (I don't speak the language very well, but I understand a lot). The Grandma in AT's books reminds me of her and brings back beautiful and happy memories.
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1 review
January 23rd, 2014
Its good and you can really get into the characters amd scences I would definitely recommend it to anyone
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January 23rd, 2014
Loved how the story unfolded between the two brothers. On their own and both with different lives.
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January 23rd, 2014
This book was written in such a fashion, it read like a movie. The description used to illustrate every movement allowed the movie to continue to play throughout my mind on every page. I fell in love with each of the characters, and their stories. It was so good, I read it in 4 days, staying up until 3 A.M. to find out what happened next!
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January 23rd, 2014
To say that I loved reading this book is an understatement. It's a story that touched me deeply because it explores themes I am familiar with: the immigrant experience, the Italian setting, and characters that remind me of my own relatives. I savoured every page! I have read only one other book from Trigiani, which was Very Valentine, and although I enjoyed it, I found the storytelling and writing in The Shoemaker's Wife far superior.
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January 23rd, 2014
Really enjoyed this read. Heartbreaking but I enjoyed it.
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January 23rd, 2014
Such a beautifully written book by Adriana Trigiani! Would highly recommend this read. I found the ending a bit rushed (maybe because I never wanted it to end), but overall loved this book.
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January 23rd, 2014
Just a super lovely book that I most definately enjoyed reading. I couldn't put the novel down for hours until I finished it from start to finish.
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January 23rd, 2014
Lovely writing. A great mystery that will leave you wanting more.
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this story book! It has a great story line that kept me captivated
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January 23rd, 2014
Great story could not put it down
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January 23rd, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I had just been to New York and visited the Lower Tenament Museum so I could picture how these people really lived. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down until I finished it. It certainly is a recommended read in my estimation.
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book and characters. I couldn't put it down. I have read this Author before and cannot wait until she writes another book, perhaps a sequel to this book.
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January 23rd, 2014
Very good book. Liked it alot.
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January 23rd, 2014
Did not enjoy this as much as her previous books.
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January 23rd, 2014
Amazing story. Richly written and very thought out. Kept me interested from the first page to the last!
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January 23rd, 2014
I truly enjoyed reading this story. The characters and story were a delight. I recommended the book to all my friends.
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January 23rd, 2014
The journey was better than the finale. I loved the first 3/4/s of this book but it floundered near the end. It felt like the author ran out of steam and wrapped it up too easily.
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January 23rd, 2014
this is an amazing book about true love. it tells a lot about the italian culture and about immigrating to america. seeing how life is for immigrants coming to america in the 1800's was pretty amazing. also, learning about the metropolitan opera house behind the scenes was truly memorable. i am sure it is a book that everyone will be glad that they read.
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January 23rd, 2014
Excellent book, I couldn't put it down!
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January 23rd, 2014
An Intense and fascinating read. Recommend it
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January 23rd, 2014
If you enjoy visualizing richly portrayed characters in beautiful settings in world famous cities whose lives are molded by historical events of the time in, you will enjoy this book.
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January 23rd, 2014
I really enjoyed this book! Well written and completely entertaining!
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January 23rd, 2014
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Kept my attention till the end and loved the style of writing. I enjoy historical books and this contained it all. I enjoyed following these character threw the ups and downs of their lives and was thrilled when they finally were reunited.
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January 23rd, 2014
I sincerely loved this book. Definitely a favourite from last year. The story was just lovely and so well written. Highly recommend.
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January 23rd, 2014
This was an epic love story of two people separated by fate but reunited in the end. Against the backdrop of actual historical events it moves from Italy to America and back to Italy. But through it all the power of their love will stay strong.
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this book although I kept waiting for something else to happen. A nice quick read especially if you like historical fiction
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January 23rd, 2014
I loved this book. I really enjoy books that the characters emigrate to other countries. It was well written
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January 23rd, 2014
Wonderful story , and the characters so real. It shows a fantastic picture of New York at the turn of the century, as well as life in the Italian villages at that time. A beautiful romance that endures despite so many hardships. Didn't want to put it down.
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January 22nd, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Every so often a book comes along that I can become so engrossed in that I don't want it to end. A very well researched story, very credible. I love reading where I can learn about a skill , especially one that has been lost to modern technology. Highly recommend this book.
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January 22nd, 2014
Enjoyed this book tremendously.
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January 17th, 2014
Very good read, could not stop reading. Recommend this book.
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January 12th, 2014
Superb, wonderful story hard to put down. Plan to buy 3 more copies as gifts for my friends.
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January 11th, 2014
Loved It! Couldn't put it down.
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real life love story
January 9th, 2014
No fluff here. Real life love and survival story with solid historical significance. I have to say I cried and I I rarely cry.
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The shoemaker's wife
November 10th, 2013
I have enjoyed many of Trigiani's books. This one is also very good.
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October 5th, 2013
Excellent read. Couldn't put it down. Love the bits of humour.
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October 4th, 2013
A wonderful story!
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