Welcome to another Friday Potpourri, featuring Book Beginnings hosted by A Few More Pages.

Excerpting the opening lines of a book you’re reading (or about to read) offers the opportunity to explore a writer’s style and tease the potential reader.

Today I’ve grabbed Brava, Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani, an author I’ve enjoyed for awhile now.


As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine’s dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, “the prince,” Valentine’s only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca’s heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.

As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine’s first love and former fiancÉe who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal. Once unearthed, the truth rocks the Roncallis and Valentine is determined to hold her family together. More so, she longs to create one of her own, but is torn between a past love that nurtured her, and a new one that promises to sustain her.


Beginning:  The most magical thing happened on the morning of my grandmother’s wedding in Tuscany.  It snowed.


I love this opener, which sets the scene for us:  Tuscany, a wedding, and snow.  Doesn’t it sound romantic?


What did you find today?  I hope you’ll stop by and share!



  1. I am reading and loving The Starboard Sea by Amber Dumont…not sure if it is out yet…but it is excruciatingly good…lots of painful angst from overprivileged boys…it’s not set in the present day but in another era…I am not quite sure which one but it is when Fred Astaire and Robert Mitchem were popular?


    1. That one sounds good, Patty. I do enjoy a foray into earlier times. Maybe it seems like a simpler time.

      Which is why it’s good to read about angst amongst the characters…maybe it wasn’t a simpler time!

      Thanks for stopping by.


  2. Hi Laurel-Rain,

    Those are lovely opening words and would certainly make me want to keep reading. It sounds like a great book, with plenty of romantic interludes, mixed with a substantive plot and storyline.

    Adriana Trigiani is another of the authors I have in my TBR pile, but have yet to read, I think I shall need to dig one out very soon and see if I really do enjoy her style of writing.

    The book I featured this week, is turning out to be something of a lightweight, both from a romantic perspective and also with a fairly weak storyline. It is great as a ‘cozy’ romantic mystery, but not for the reader who is hoping for anything stronger. .. Ah! well, you can’t like every book you read, can you?

    Have a great weekend and all Best Wishes to you for The New Year.


    1. I like to read some cozies and some thrillers. I prefer to mix things up, even finding the occasional romance, as long as something else is going on in the book.

      Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne, and enjoy your weekend.


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