A is for Amore

Reading and Wraps (Jamberry Nail Wraps)

This month, I’m going to be pairing Jamberry Nail Wraps with some of my favorite books. The first wrap is Amore and I’m pairing that with The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. This was the first book I read of Adriana’s and I fell in love. It was filled with culture, traveling, emigration, war, love, life, and some tragedy.

Enza went to the United States at the turn of the Century and decided to be a seamstress. She reunited with a boy she met in Italy when they were kids, and Amore strikes… but not instant love. They had to work at it.  Ciro and Enzo had a love to conquer all loves. The wraps, Amore, fits so well, I think, because of the pattern. It’s flowery and pretty, and, most likely, a fabric Enza would have used to sew a beautiful piece of clothing.

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The Shoemaker's WifeThe Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Summary: The majestic and haunting beauty of the Italian Alps is the setting of the first meeting of Enza, a practical beauty, and Ciro, a strapping mountain boy, who meet as teenagers, despite growing up in villages just a few miles apart. At the turn of the last century, when Ciro catches the local priest in a scandal, he is banished from his village and sent to hide in America as an apprentice to a shoemaker in Little Italy. Without explanation, he leaves a bereft Enza behind. Soon, Enza’s family faces disaster and she, too, is forced to go to America with her father to secure their future.

Unbeknownst to one another, they both build fledgling lives in America, Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza, determined to forge a life without him, begins her impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan and into the life of the international singing sensation, Enrico Caruso.

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill, to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy, to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate, until, finally, the power of their love changes both of their lives forever.

Lush and evocative, told in tantalizing detail and enriched with lovable, unforgettable characters, The Shoemaker’s Wife is a portrait of the times, the places and the people who defined the immigrant experience, claiming their portion of the American dream with ambition and resolve, cutting it to fit their needs like the finest Italian silk.

This riveting historical epic of love and family, war and loss, risk and destiny is the novel Adriana Trigiani was born to write, one inspired by her own family history and the love of tradition that has propelled her body of bestselling novels to international acclaim. Like Lucia, Lucia, The Shoemaker’s Wife defines an era with clarity and splendor, with operatic scope and a vivid cast of characters who will live on in the imaginations of readers for years to come.

(This post is also on my book blog http://itlnbrt.com)

 I’d love to see your picks… tweet #Reading&WrapsJJN with your match ups.