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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 Adriana Trigiani (P)2020 Random House Audio

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Beautifully written story

Loved all the history and lessons of the book. Beautifullyrics written. I enjoyed the narrators precise pronunciation as well. Excellent. 5 stars.

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Wonderful story telling!

We enjoyed this narrative very much.It gives yet another example of the true value of the immigrants that unite America

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Beautiful Story.

I enjoyed every part of this book: the characters, relationships, setting, and references to the opera. Excellent performance with Italian accents that enhanced the story.

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Meh

Pro: an interesting set of background experiences from the lives of Italian immigrants at the turn of the last century through the end of WWII. Con: schmaltzy and overly sentimental, like a Harlequin romance. A teenager might enjoy it...a young one, maybe.

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Okay Book, Nothing Special

There were parts that dragged and other parts where explanations of motivate were lacking. I did struggle to finish the last hour because I knew the outcome, which wasn't going to be pleasant. Some characters are introduced but not enough fleshing out to get to know them even though we are later told how much they mean to one of the main characters. Also but jumps in time at times. Strange, because the very beginning is extremely detailed.

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Good but a little bit too drawn out.

I enjoyed the story however it was repetitive and seemed to drag in places. Performance and pronunciations were excellent. I got to the point that I was ready for it to end.

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Excellent epic saga

Loved everything about this story and the narrator. Absolutely wonderful! An epic romantic saga sweeping several generations

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I liked the narrator
I really thought the book was nothing but a romance novel that perhaps a teenage girl might like..I bought the book because of the rave reviews and was extremely disappointed,

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Great Adriana Trigiani story

I love this book! In the style style of Adriana Trigiani the story covers several generations of one family's experiences of life's challenges, financial struggles, personal conflicts, love & romance.

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touching, interesting, draws you in slowly, loving

beautiful characters, grow on you as they tell their story, great narration, Enza and Ciro, powerful people, part of a great heritage, before and after.