Book Review: The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Title: The Shoemaker's Wife
Series: Standalone
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Published: 04/03/2012
Publisher: Harper
Genre(s): Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction


Beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani returns with the most epic and ambitious novel of her career—a breathtaking multigenerational love story that spans two continents, two World Wars, and the quest of two star-crossed lovers to find each other again. The Shoemaker's Wife is replete with the all the page-turning adventure, sumptuous detail, and heart-stopping romance that has made Adriana Trigiani, “one of the reigning queens of women’s fiction” (USA Today). Fans of Trigiani’s sweeping family dramas like Big Stone Gap and Lucia, Lucia will love her latest masterpiece, a book Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, calls “totally new and completely wonderful: a rich, sweeping epic which tells the story of the women and men who built America dream by dream.


Being a voracious reader with endless literary options is better than being a kid in a candy store. How we choose our next read: a friend's recommendation, a website's reviews, a favorite author's latest release, a description that sounds promising, or even a fascinating cover...all these things can lead to being completely enthralled with a creative and talented writer's storytelling. Several of these reasons led me to select The Shoemaker's Wife. I adored Adriana Trigiani's Big Stone Gap Series. The ratings on Goodreads and elsewhere are very positive. The book's description is alluring. I wanted to meet Ciro and Enza; their friends and family - to accompany them on their separate journeys to America and their paths to creating a family, home, and business.

I was captivated with the estimable principal characters and the vividly described locations. I enjoyed the sequence and pace of the book. I was also taken with the character's subtle realizations and the quiet introduction of gadgetry as the book progressed. The chance meetings between Ciro and Enza had a magical quality. Their cherished friendships were touching. Their dedication to their chosen crafts and hard work to obtain their goals was inspiring. Through the triumphs and tragedy, the love and loss, this book is a moving masterpiece!