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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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    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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    Good read

    Not bad...a bit draggy a times but worth the read. Could be named differently.

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    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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    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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    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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