Like threads of delicate gold, the lives of two young Italian lovers, Enza Ravanelli, a practical girl born into poverty, and Ciro Amadei, a dreamer raised in a convent orphanage, are woven together in this lush, epic novel set against the landscape of world events in the first half of the twentieth century. Like the times they were born into, Enza and Ciro's story is filled with surprising twists and turns. Together, they embrace the promise of a new and better life as they attempt to survive by the labour of their own hands.
©2012 The Glory of Everything Company (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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"A charming, story"
No, I would rather read it because I found the narrator annoying.
I loved the characters and the descriptions of the settings - I was transported into the Italian Alps and I loved it!
Her Italian accents were annoying. She mispronounced quite a few words which I thought was really irritating.
I cried in quite a few of the sad bits - I had fallen in love with the main character, Ciro.
I would highly recommend the book as it is a really lovely story.
I've listened to 100s of audio books but don't always listen to them again. I will listen again to the The Shoemakers Wife as I really enjoyed the way the story flowed to and fro each of the lead characters.
Ciro Amadei is the character who links the whole story together. Although you wait to find out how Enza & Ciro will finally get together you know at some point they will and she will become the main character
I enjoyed the scene where Ciro approached Enza as she was about to get married as you knew then a new chapter in their life was about to start
I broke the story into bit size chunks so I had something to look forward to when I could next listen to it.
I look forward to listening to more audio stories from Adriana Trigiani
"Slow to start but do keep listening"
In the top 25%
I cried for about the last hour ... what a confession. But by then I was so involved in the story I was incredibly moved. But don't be put off by that.
Hard to say really, it was the story of lives evolving I was held once I got into it. If I picked a scene I might give the story away.
Oh yes, I laughed, and at the end I cried. A lot!
Really well narrated. In the whole book there was only one place where I noticed the narration rather than the story, which after all shows that she did a brilliant job.
I wouldn't say I read romance stories, well at least not anything too pink and fluffy. But this is about peoples lives, the stories of two families and that of emigration / immigration. The twists and turns of fate.
Not an oh wow book to start with and you do need to pay attention to the unfamiliar names of the cast of characters, but with all slow burners it is well worth it to keep going. A beautifully written book.
Sad, sentimental and entertaining.
Ciro he had it tough.
I found it a bit over-sentimental
It made me weepy many times.
Adriana Trigiani reads this book so well. I love the pronunciations of the Italian characters. She and the author bring a taste of Little Italy to life. It makes you realise how much immigrants bring to their new land and how much a part they are of the new world. A bitter sweet tale. I enjoyed it thoroughly and would definitely recommend.
"A delightful holiday 'read'"
I loved the scale & setting(s) of this story and shared their pain and their joy.
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