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.
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truly disappointing and unbelievable love story
- Beth Anne
Lovely story written in Adriana Trigiani style.
This was a beautiful love story that had sadness, as in real life, but overall had much goodness and kindness. Several times when I thought, "oh no" someone is going to die, cheat, etc...it didn't really happen thus the twists and turns were believable and natural.Trigiani gives such beautiful images of Italy that I am anxious to return!