The final novel in Trigiani’s Valentine trilogy (Very Valentine, 2009; Brava, Valentine, 2010) finds shoemaker Valentine Roncalli planning her wedding to Gianluca Vechiarelli, a handsome Italian nearly 20 years her senior and the son of her grandmother’s new husband. As Gianluca adjusts to life amid the boisterous, extended Roncalli clan, the fiercely independent Valentine, an ambitious and talented shoe designer, struggles to balance work and home life, with her marriage often taking a backseat to her career. Cultural differences between the pair widen as her plans to open a factory as she becomes a first-time mother clash with his vision for the couple’s future, which includes a home in Tuscany. Though the conflict is plausible, it comes across as vaguely overplotted. For those who have followed Valentine’s ups and downs from the start, Trigiani’s send-off is bound to feel bittersweet in more ways than one. For readers new to the series, missing the occasional insider reference has its advantages—they still have two books ahead of them and the chance to meet Valentine where she began. (From Booklist)
My Thoughts: I liked reading more about Valentine and the Roncalli family. Many of today's women can relate to Valentine's struggles with being a wife, mother, and having a career. Valentine struggles with her feelings about how to fit her desire to have a thriving career and also be the kind of wife and mother that is expected in today's society. Can Valentine be everything to everyone?
While this appears to be the conclusion of the Valentine Trilogy - I wonder if there could be another series in the future. It appears that many of the story lines could be woven into more stories about Valentine and the Roncalli Family.