Every Tuesday, readers across America who have been eagerly anticipating a new book are rewarded for their patience when the book they have been waiting months for is finally stocked and waiting on a bookstore shelf. Unless the book you are anticipating is Fifty Shades of Grey.
I went to my local bookstore today to pick up my copy of the much talked about book, only to find the book was not in stock yet. I was told it would be sometime this week. I was a little surprised and not a little disappointed, I can't wait to see if it lives up to the hype.
Nevertheless, that was not the only book I was waiting for today. I'm really excited about this book, The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani. I've never read this author before but the beautiful cover art caught my eye as I was trolling for new books to read (as I often do). The synopsis made it even more clear that I had to read this book. Here's a little nugget from GoodReads:
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.
Whatever book you have been anticipating, get out there, pick it up and get reading!