I had never read a book by Adriana Trigiani before this past week. What I can say with absolute certainty was I was missing out big time! In preparation for her newest release The Supreme Macaroni Company and because it was the final book in a trilogy I took it upon myself to listen to the first two books, Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine, on audio. I devoured all three of these books and loved them! This trilogy has it all – family, drama, dreams built and fallen, but most of all love of family and friends.
It’s impossible not to put in a few spoilers talking about this book so if you’re one of those planning to read the books then you may not want to go further. The Supreme Macaroni Company picks right up where Brava, Valentine left off. Valentine is finally going to get married and her family couldn’t be more thrilled. A single thirty something Italian woman doesn’t go over so well in her family. That said she’s excited to finally be marrying Gianluca and start their lives together.
Life goes on and in true Roncalli fashion there is the usual family drama and bickering. Valentine continues on designing her shoes and working in her shoe company with Gianluca supporting her. He longs to return to Italy though but Valentine’s life is in New York. Will this eventually fracture their marriage? Is the eighteen year age difference and the resulting differences in what both Valentine and Gianluca want from each other and life a threat to their marriage? Or will none of that really matter when tragedy strikes and everything Valentine thought she knew about herself and life is sent spiralling out of control.
I really enjoyed this final book although I didn’t love the ending and truthfully I think there is at least one more book left in this story. These characters though have worked themselves into my heart in the process of reading these books and I already miss them terribly. I adore the Roncalli family and all their drama and reading their story made me wish for a big Italian family for myself. My only squabble is the title of the book. I don’t think this title does the book justice but for those who love the Valentine saga it won’t matter at all. I know it didn’t have any effect whatsoever on my love of this novel!
The Supreme Macaroni Company was a true winner for me as the whole trilogy was. I loved each book and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to those who love family sagas and women’s fiction.
Source: Review copy provided digitally by the publisher. No compensation was received for this review and all opinions are my own.