I was sent a free copy of The Supreme Macaroni Company for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper (November 26, 2013)
About the Author:
This novel focuses on Valentine Roncalli, a custom shoe maker and a member of a large, extended Italian family. She has just become engaged to an old family friend from Italy and she has doubts about well, everything. She doesn’t want to give up her so called independence for marriage not seeming to understand that a true partnership will make her stronger. She waffles and moans and seems to get married because she is getting older and it’s expected of her. The man she is marrying does everything for her and she is for the most part very unappreciative.
I did not realize that this was the third book of a series and perhaps if I had read the preceding books I would have a better appreciation for Valentine but I just couldn’t understand her. I did enjoy her family though – I’ve met families like hers and they are warm and embracing. I just couldn’t understand Valentine or her motivations and when I have a main character like that it is hard for me to love a book. She was not a teenager; she was over thirty and yet she acted like a spoiled child. As to other aspects of the book I did thoroughly enjoy the passages that detailed the making of shoes and that took place in Italy.
I don’t want to spoil the plot but I think there is some hope for Valentine as she does eventually realize that marriage doesn’t have to mean giving up your independence and freedom. It just takes her a while to figure it out and it comes a bit late. I don’t know if there are going to be further books in this series that will explore this new side of her. If there are I would be interested to read them to see if the life lessons stick.
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Disclosure: I was sent a free copy of The Supreme Macaroni Company from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.