If you’re an Adriana Trigiani fan, you won’t need any encouragement to read The Shoemaker’s Wife. It will be exactly what you expected and you won’t want to put it down. Probably.
I am a fan but I had a hard time getting into the book, at first – once the brothers settled into the convent, I settled in and I enjoyed every page. I think my problem was that I expected Catarina to be a lead character, I didn’t expect the boys (or just Ciro, really) to be the lead so the beginning threw me.
The ending came a little fast for me, too. I didn’t need to be “surprised” like Enza was. I knew it was coming and would have liked to see it happen, ya know? More of Laura would have been nice and it would have fit with the theme of best friends/replacement mothers.
Like she needs me to re-write her ending, right?