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Review: The Supreme Macaroni Company

January 16, 2014

The Supreme Macaroni Company

When Gianluca Vechiarelli asks Valentine Roncalli to marry him, her mother decides they should have a short engagement and goes into a planning frenzy in order to pull of the wedding of her dreams in a few short months.  Valentine goes along with most of her plans and, on her honeymoon, begins to wonder what she has done.  Can she still be herself and live out her dreams and share her life with the man she loves?

I’d assumed that I would continue to live my life as I always had, wedding ring or not.  Why would I change what had worked for me?  Why should I compromise when I already had the best solution?  Or does having a husband mean that I am required to defer to him, and therefore he speaks for me?

The Supreme Macaroni Company is the third and final installment in the Valentine Roncalli series by Adriana Trigiani.  Anyone who knows me knows I adore Trigiani – she is one of my favorite authors and I’ve been lucky enough to meet her and discover that she is a warm and caring person.  I loved the first two Valentine books so I was very excited to pick this one up.  I’m happy to say that I loved it too!  Reading this book was like visiting old friends for me.

Trigiani writes with a lot of heart and really “gets” family and it shows in this book.  The Roncallis don’t always get along but they always love and support each other.  I feel like I know them and loved being with them again.  I do think this book can stand alone but readers will enjoy it more if they read the series in order.  The books are all terrific, so there’s no reason not to.

I loved it that Valentine faced a dilemma that many women face today.  She’s found love but wonders if she can make it work and fulfill the goals and dreams she has set for herself.  She has to figure out what will work for her.

I highly recommend The Supreme Macaroni Company (and the rest of Trigiana’s books too)!  I’m already looking forward to whatever she writes next!

Review copy provided by the author.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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25 Comments leave one →
  1. January 16, 2014 6:36 am

    I’m going to miss the Valentine books. I loved how Trigiani wrapped things up – leaving me wanting to know what would happen to Val in the years ahead. I’m hopeful she’ll be inclined to write an update at some point :)

  2. January 16, 2014 6:39 am

    Sounds good! I enjoyed the first Valentine book, but didn’t get around to the second one. On a side note, I’m getting tired of all the photos of thin, young women on the covers of books. I may be just jealous, but I didn’t think Valentine was that thin! ;)

  3. January 16, 2014 7:24 am

    I love this title: The Supreme Macaroni Company. Since I haven’t read the first two from the series, I might read one of her other books first. I’ve heard that THE SHOEMAKER’S WIFE was wonderful. Thanks for your great review.

  4. January 16, 2014 7:32 am

    I’ve not read this series but I’ve read one of her books. Liked what I read and this sounds good as well.

  5. January 16, 2014 7:55 am

    I’m hoping Adriana caves and gives us another look at Valentine.

  6. Beth Hoffman permalink
    January 16, 2014 9:56 am

    I love Adriana, too. She’s so genuine. I’m really going to miss Valentine.

  7. January 16, 2014 10:48 am

    I have only read one book by her. I really must branch out one of these days.

  8. January 16, 2014 11:13 am

    I saw you mentioned that the books can be read alone, but are better as a series. Which book would out of the series is your favorite? Sometimes I’m hesitant to read mini-series, but I’ll hop around between books out of order. Would love to look into your favorite one!

  9. January 16, 2014 11:14 am

    I need to get this series — everyone I know and trust just raves about these books!

  10. January 16, 2014 11:49 am

    Another lovely review and another must read!

  11. January 16, 2014 3:39 pm

    I have only read book 1 but I liked it :D

  12. January 16, 2014 3:43 pm

    I still haven’t read any of her books. I know they are VERY good.

    THANKS for sharing and for a nice review, Kathy.

    Elizabeth

  13. January 16, 2014 4:03 pm

    Kathy, I love the title of this book and I’m glad you loved the contents! I hope to read this in 2014.

  14. January 16, 2014 4:17 pm

    I need to read some Adriana Trigiani books this year! Glad that you recommend them.

  15. Literary Feline permalink
    January 16, 2014 5:55 pm

    This sounds like a fun read! I have never read anything by Trigiani before.

  16. January 16, 2014 6:35 pm

    I still have not read this author…how silly am I.

  17. January 16, 2014 6:54 pm

    Love Candice’s comment! Adriana writes beautifully. I want to live in her books.

  18. January 16, 2014 9:24 pm

    I still haven’t read anything by this author but I have a feeling I will love her books. Glad this one was another winner for you.

  19. January 16, 2014 10:29 pm

    Oh dear, the TBR pile grows again.

  20. January 16, 2014 10:43 pm

    I’ve still only read one by her, Big Stone Gap. Maybe I’ll read more this year during my reading comforting authors :)

  21. sandynawrot permalink
    January 17, 2014 6:25 am

    I’ve got her first two in this series loaded on my iPod, I’ve just been waiting for the right time (Cassandra Campbell narrates!). But I’d heard some negative feedback on this one, which made me sad. I don’t want the trilogy to go out on anything less than a great ending. I’m glad you liked it!

  22. January 17, 2014 12:07 pm

    I just finished listening to books one and two and am looking forward to more Valentine.

  23. January 17, 2014 2:05 pm

    I read the first one and even though it wasn’t my kind of book I enjoyed it quite a bit. I haven’t read the other books in the series though.

  24. bookingmama permalink
    January 18, 2014 3:36 pm

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some of the other characters in this novel featured in a future book!

  25. January 19, 2014 7:57 pm

    i have never read her books as of yet but love that she deals with some of the problems women face today

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