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From the bestselling author of the BIG STONE GAP series, comes the explosive story of a passionate young woman whose fateful choice changes her life ...Show synopsisFrom the bestselling author of the BIG STONE GAP series, comes the explosive story of a passionate young woman whose fateful choice changes her life forever Lucia Sartori is the beautiful twenty-five-year-old daughter of a fine Italian immigrant family in Greenwich Village, New York, in 1950. Fuelled by the post-war boom, in which talented girls with ambition are encouraged to follow their dreams, Lucia becomes an apprentice for a made-to-wear clothing designer at a chic department store on Fifth Avenue. Though she is sought after as a potential wife by the best Italian families, Lucia stays her course and works hard, determined to have a career. She juggles the roles of dutiful daughter and ambitious working girl perfectly. When a handsome stranger comes to the story and catches her eye, it is love at first sight for both of them. In order to win Lucia's hand, he must first win over her traditional family and make the proper offer of marriage. Their love affair takes an unexpected turn as secrets are revealed, Lucia's family honour is tested, and her own reputation becomes the centre of a sizzling scandal. Set in a time of possibility and change for women in America, in a city that celebrates its energy with style and elegance, LUCIA, LUCIA is the story of a girl who risks everything for the belief that a woman could - and should - be able to have it all.Hide synopsis
I really, really LOVED this book. If you are Italian you will love it too.There is so much to relate to. A wonderful story of a young woman, and her family, who stood up for what she wanted in life and didn't cave to what was expected of her.
I enjoyed reading this book for I am no stranger to much of the dynamics of the characters in this story.
Adriana Trigiani knows how to paint a picture with words and the scenes where quite vivid with the reading so much so, I could almost smell the perfume of the air or the food in the pot!
The characters and how they functioned within this Italian family are what I recall for the time and between our immagrant family members, neighbors and friends. We all had our family conduct styles and traditions depending on the region and province of Italy our families came from so the finer points in this story were nicely and universally depicted.
For me there were a few scenes that slowed the story down. Although the pages leading up to Lucia's wedding day were animated the outcome was very predictable. I would have liked more tension and less build up between the characters at this part of the story.
All in all I enjoyed this book and will read more of Adriana Trigiani's writing.
Trigiani pulls the reader in with wonderful details. New York City in the 50's, a strong woman of independent means, fabulous clothes, handsome and dashing men, and love. You can find it all in this book.
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