345: The Shoemaker’s Wife

This book is a book that I always saw and wanted to read. When I found it at the thrift store for .25 cents. I thought I hit the jackpot. Then, I read the book.
The synopsis 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.

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”

My first problem came from probably not actually reading the full synopsis because it is long. Also because it is long it seems like it would have spoilers.
My espectation: The Shoemaker’s Wife would be an epic tale of a shoemaker building his empire. That it would be filled with his love of the craft of shoe making. Basically shoes would be what carpet making is for The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani. I thought that it would be more historical fiction.
In reality: It started off good. I knew immediately it would not be a five or four star book but I liked it. At first I cared about the character and where the story was going. Then I hit the fifty or so percent mark and something happened that bothered me.The main characters forgot confessions and realizations. When I thought about it the story fell apart. The author said that The Shoemakers Wife is about her grandparents which makes me understand why the story went how it went. It fell apart and felt like it should have ended 200 pages early.Two hundred pages of the same thing over and over again. It wanted to be epic but was not. The romance was supposed to be epic but their romance became anticlimactic. Generally everything was not developed to me. One thing that was good but not good is the time jumps. If I did not like a certain time period it would end in a few chapters or pages. But towards the ending I wanted certain things to be focused on more. I became bitter the last 200 pages because it got boring. Then I really did not care what happened to the characters. I held on for a small piece of hope that it would redeem itself and it was only 200 pages left. It had so much potential. It failed.
Books that in my opinion did it better:
In epicness– The Street of A Thousand Blossoms by Gail Tsukiyama
In being long but good-Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
In loving a craft- The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

347…

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Let me introduce to you my TBR of books I own. You will notice that it is not 347 anymore because of my bookhaul. At the rate I am going I will never reach the end.

1. Crooked by Laura and tom McNealthe
2. Lost in translation by Nicole Mones
3. On the street where you live by Mary Higgins Clark
4. Bury me deep by Megan abbot
5. Mistress of the art of death by ariana franklin
6. The fountainhead by ayn rand
7. I know why the caged bird sings by Maya angelou
8. A separate peace by john Knowles
9. Ramona by Helen hunt Jackson
10. great expectations by Charles dickens
11. hard times by Charles dickens
12. mommie dearest by Christina Crawford
13. prince jack frank spierring
14. the vampire lestat by Anne rice
15. leo@fergusrules.com by arne tangerlini
16. Aztec by Gary Jennings
17. Nicholas nickleby by Charles dickens
18. The weirdo by Theodore Taylor
19. One hundred years of solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
20. The confessions of charlotte Doyle by avi
21. Me talk pretty one day by David Sedaris
22. A passage to India by e.m. foster
23. Lost and found by Carolyn Pankhurst
24. The rose labyrinth by titania hardie
25. Japanese Americans by harry h.l. kitano
26. The unknown warrior by Gerald Seymour
27. Waiting by ha jin
28. This other Eden by Marilyn Harris
29. The good earth by pearl s. buck
30. The Hindi bind club by Monica pradhan
31. Tess of d’urbervilles by Thomas hardy
32. the shack by wm. Paul young
33. beware, princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer
34. samurai by saburo sakai
35. zero Eric van lustbader
36. snow falling on cedars by David guterson
37. rising sun by Michael Crichton
38. the Japanese corpse by janwillem van de wetering
39. an American in japan, 1945-1948
40. everything must go by Elizabeth flock
41. when the elephants dance by Tess uriza holthe
42. the laws of evening by Mary yukari waters
43. Whispers by dean r. koontz
44. the great secret by Ron Hubbard
45. nine days a queen by Ann rinaldi
46. Ivanhoe by sir Walter Scott
47. The portrait of a lady by henry James
48. The count of Monte cristo by adam dumas
49. The Russian concubine by kate Furnivall
50. Neighbors from hell by frank field
51. V by a.c. crispin
52. The king of dragons by carol fenner
53. The secret of nimh by Robert c. O’brien
54. A vegetarian sourcebook by keith akers
55. Dragonwings by laURNCE YEP
56. The catcher in the rye by j.d. salinger
57. The queen of the damned by anne rice
58. Voyager by Diana gabaldon
59. the girl who played with fire by stieg Larsson
60. academy x by Andrew trees
61. bleak house by Charles dickens
62. the Anastasia syndrome and other stories by mary Higgins clark
63. beloved by toni Morrison
64. Mrs. Frisby and the rats of nimh by Robert c. o’brien
65. The birth of venus by sarah dunant
66. The joy luck club by amy tan
67. The thorn birds by colleen mccullough
68. Moby dick by herman Melville
69. Shadow of the dragon by sherry garland
70. Brave new world by Aldous Huxley
71. The lady Elizabeth by Alison weir
72. The winter queen by ris akunin
73. The sugar queen by sarah Addison allen
74. The rising by temple Mathews
75. The price of greed & malice
76. Laura rider’s masterpiece by jane Hamilton
77. The personal history of Rachel Dupree by ann weisgarber
78. Falling leaves by adeline yen mah
79. The runaway jury by john grisham
80. Bubbles a broad by sara strohmeyer
81. dragonfly in amber by Diana gabaldon
82. patience, princess Catherine by Carolyn meyer
83. The looking glass war by john le carre
84. Secrets of the Tudor Court: Between Two Queens by Kate Emerson
85. Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett
86. Silent Ocean Away: Colette’s Dominion by DeVa Gantt
87. A thread of sky by Deanna fei
88. candy by kevin brooks
89. kissed by an angel by Elizaebeth chandler
{Kissed by an angel, the power of love, soulmates}
90. the ladies of grace adieu and other stories by Susanna Clarke
91. the Mercedes coffin by Faye Kellerman
92. scruples by Judith
93. zoya by Danielle steel
94. two to conquer by darion Zimmer Bradley
95. the regatta mystery and other stories by Agatha Christie
96. A certain justice by p.d. James
97. A holiday for murder by Agatha Christie
98. A thin dark line by Tami hoag
99. A gentle feuding by Johanna Lindsey
100. The alibi by Sandra brown
101. The witching hour by Anne rice
102. Faeries gone wild by anthology:, Lois greiman, Michele hauf, leandra Logan
103. First blood by anthology: Susan sizemore, Erin McCarthy, Chris Marie green, meljean brook
104. Unicorn mountain by Michael bishop
105. The importance of being Ernestine by Dorothy cannel
106. The jasmine trade by Denise Hamilton
107. The red tent by Anita diamant
108. Leotas garden by Francine rivers
109. The triumph of Katie Byrne by Barbara Taylor Bradford
110. Life of pi by yann martel
111. The house of a thousand lanterns by Victoria holt
112. The sad truth about happiness by Anne giardini
113. Murder for Christmas by anthology
114. Abundance by sena jeter naslund
115. All together dead}Charlaine Harris
116. The book thief by Markus zusak
117. Wicked 2: {legacy, spellbound} by Nancy holder, Debbie vigue
118. Sex, lies, and vampires by Katie Macalister
119. The huntress by Susan Carroll
120. The other side of the mirror by marion Zimmer Bradley
121. Santa baby by Jennifer crusie, Lori foster, Carly Phillips
122. Stray by Rachel Vincent
123. Dead after dark by anthology
124. From dead to worse by charlain Harris
125. Gravesite by charlaine Harris
126. Night sins by Tami hoag
127. Christ the lord out of Egypt by Anne rice
128. Fancy by Norah Hess
129. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
130. Tempted all night by Liz Carlyle
131. Seduce me in shadow by shayla black
132. My wicked vampire by Nina
133. The scarpetta factor by Patricia cornwell
134. Crimson by Jordan summers
135. The immortal hunter by Lindsay sands
136. The house of Caine by ken eulo
137. Magic man by Patricia rice
138. Moonlight cove by sherryl woods
139. Dark nights dark dreams by savannah russe
140. Charmed & dangerous by Candace haven
141. Warriors of camlann by n.m. Browne
142. The real story by Stephen r. Donaldson
143. Voice of the heart by Barbara Taylor Bradford
144. A feast for crows by George r.r. martin
145. Lair of bones by David farland
146. Assassin by Anna Myers
147. The third translation by matt bonddurant
148. Savages by Shirley conran
149. Another thing to fall by Laura Lippmann
150. Paperquake by Kathryn reiss
151. Smack by Melvin burgess
152. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
153. The tribe by bari wood
154. The end of the alphabet by cs Richardson
155. Circle of magic by tamora pierce
156. Murder in the place of Anubis by Lynda s. Robinson
157. Inkheart by Cornelia funke
158. Missing Abby by lee weatherly
159. Poirot investigates by Agatha Christie
160. Congo by Michael Crichton
161. The alchemist’s cat by robin Jarvis
162. Girl in hyacinth blue by Susan Vreeland
163. Robots and empire by Isaac Asimov
164. Seduced by crimson
165. The Dante club by Mathew pearl
166. Exiles by Melanie rawn
167. A civil contract
168. False colours
169. (lady of quality & charity girl) by georgette heyer
170. The mystery of the blue train
171. Murder after hours by Agatha Christie
172. The last wife of henry VIII by carol Erickson
173. The road by Cormac McCarthy
174. Shades of Simon gray by Joyce McDonald
175. Phoenix rising by pip Ballantine & Tee Morris
176. Foundation and empire by
177. Foundation and earth by Isaac Asimov
178. Dianetics by l. ron Hubbard
179. Mona Lisa overdrive by William Gibson
180. The star scroll by Melanie rawn
181. Sugarplum dead by Carolyn hart
182. Through wolf’s eyes by Jane lindskold
183. Angry lead skies by glen cook
184. Distant waves by suzzane weyn
185. The time traveler’s wife by Audrey niffenegger
186. The red queen by Margaret drabble
187. High stakes by Erin McCarthy
188. The vampire Armand by Anne rice
189. The seventh tower by garth nix (the fall, castle, aenir)
190. Dead and gone by charlaine Harris
191. Seducing the succubus by cassie Ryan
192. Desperation by Stephen king
193. May the best man die by Deborah Donnelly
194. The winter oak by James a. hetley
195. The blooding by Patricia Windsor
196. Highland spirits by Amanda Scott
197. The snow queen by Joan d. vinge
198. Saint camber by Katherine Kurtz
199. The book of skaithckett by Leigh bracket
{The ginger star, the hound of skaith, the reavers of skaith}
200. Devious by Lisa Jackson
201. Lord of dance by Andrew m. Greeley
202. The moon flower by Phyllis a. Whitney
203. The hunt
204. The amulet
205. The dream by zoe Daniels
206. Allies of the night by Darren shan
207. Fire within by Chris d’ lacey
208. The quest for saint camber by Katherine Kurtz
209. The inside mind of Gideon rayburn by Sarah miller
210. The Bronte Sisters
{Charlotte: Villette, the Professor; Anne: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall}
211. Sins of the Flesh by caridad Pinero
212. Tigana by guy gavriel Kay
213. The dragon token by Melanie rawn
214. The mirror of her dreams by Stephen r. Donaldson
215. The hunch back of Notre dame by victor Hugo
216. Lord of rage by Jill Monroe
217. World without end by ken follet
218. Good omens by Neil gaiman and terry prachett
219. The good fairies of new York by martin Millar
220. The Parsifal mosaic by Robert Ludlum
221. The oath by frank peretti
222. The monk downstairs by Tim farrington
223. Eli by bill Myers
224. Wild by Lori foster
225. A forest lord by Michael Williams
226. Lion boy by zizou corder
227. Girl, interrupted by Susanna kaysen
228. Curse of the wolf girl by martin Millar
229. QB VII by Leon Uris
230. Darkest longings by Susan Lewis
231. Impulse by Barbara Harrison
232. The warrior by kinley Macgregor
233. The house of lost souls by F.G. Cottam
234. The kissing gate by Pamela Haines
235. The chronicles of amber volume 1 by roger zelazny
{Nine princes in amber, the guns of Avalon}
236. The fire within by Ann coombs
237. The priest of blood by Douglas clegg
238. A good woman by Danielle steel
239. War of the oaks by Emma bull
240. The scroll of seduction by gioconda belli
241. Graveminder by Mellissa marr
242. A spell for chameleon by piers Anthony
243. Candles burning by Tabitha king and Michael McDowell
244. The last Templar by Raymond khoury
245. Ghost hunter by Jayne castle
246. The path between the seas by David McCullough
247. Possession by Jennifer armintrout
248. All souls’ night by Jennifer armintrout
249. A break with charity by an rinaldi
250. Jackdaws by ken Follett
251. Prior bad acts by Tami hoag
252. The quincunx by Charles pallister
253. Trinity by Leon Uris
254. Alyson Whitestarr by isobelle carmody
255. Conan the raider by Leonard carpenter
256. The world of tiers volume 1 by Philip Jose farmer
{The maker of universes, the gates of creation}
257. The summer queen by Joan d. vinge
258. Bloodline by Kate cary
259. Orphans of the sky by Robert a. Heinlein
260. Indigara by tanith lee
261. The Canterbury tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
262. The complete adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan doyle
263. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Crossi
264. Girl with the dragon tattoo by stieg Larsson
265. The twentieth wife by indu sundaresan
266. The robot novels by Isaac Asimov
{the caves of steel, the naked sun}
267. Secrets of the grave by Tami hoag
268. A cast-off coven by Juliet Blackwell
269. Now to face to face by karleen koen
270. The trouble with magic by Madelyn alt
271. The green hills of earth by Robert a. Heinlein
272. Until you by Judith mcnaught
273. The promise by chaim potok
274. Schrodinger’s cat by Robert Shea and robot Anton Wilson
{the universe next door, the trick top hat, the homing pigeons}
275. The illuminatus by Robert Shea and robet Anton Wilson
{ the eye in the pyramid, the golden apple, leviathan}
276. deadly little lies by Laurie faria stolarz
277. wicked{resurrection} by Nancy holder & Debbie viguie
278. ironside by holly black
279. the parliament of blood by Justin Richards
280. the seven dials mystery by Agatha Christie
281. the fiery cross by Diana gabaldon
282. misfortune by Wesley stace
283. heresy by s.j. parris
284. before I go to sleep by s.j. Watson
285. the lake by banana yoshimoto
286. dead reckoning by charlaine Harris
287. the book of lies by brad Meltzer
288. a breath of snow and ashes by Diana gabaldon
289. a game of thrones by
290. a clash of kings by
291. the fallen blade by jon Courtney grimwood
292. shadowland by peter straub
293. the stand by Stephen king
294. the Lincoln lawyer by Michael Connelly
295. servant of the bones by anne rice
296. the regulars by Richard bachman
297. the girl who loved tom Gordon by Stephen king
298. too rich for a bride by mona hodgson
299. anna Byzantium by tracy barrett
300. the thirteenth tale by diane setterfield
301. {east of eden , the wayward bus} by John Steinbeck
302. Palace circle by Rebecca dean
303. King Arthur and his knights by henry frith
304. Alls fair in love and war by Alicia fields
305. Comanche moon by larry mccurtyr
306. Sacajeawea by ann lee waldo
307. Legends II by anthology
308. Murder on the orient press by Agatha Christie
309. Soulmate by rosamond smith
310. The diamond age by neal Stephenson
311. Song of the sparrow by lisa ann sandell
312. Kill the messenger by tami hoag
313. The day of the locus by nathaneal west
314. The lies that bind by kate Carlisle
315. A day no pigs would die by Robert newton peck
316. Martin chuzzlewit by Charles dickens
317. Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress by dai sijie
318. The serpent in the garden by janet Gleeson
319. Emma brown by clare boylan
320. smitThe Victorian vanishes by Christopher fowler
321. On agate hill by lee smith
322. Tuck by Stephen lawhead
323. the kommandant’s girl by pan jenoff
324. the masque of the black tulip by lauren willig
325. unholy awakening by Michael gregorgio
326. Oscar wilde and a game called murder by gyles brandreth
327. The observations by jane harris
328. The last nightingale by Anthony flacco
329. A foreign affair by caro peacock
330. The bishop must die by Michael jecks
331. The virgin of small plains by nancy pickard
332. The secret history of the pink carnation by lauren willig
333. The dark water by david pirie
334. A beautiful blue death by chalres finch
335. The deception of the emerald ring by lauren willig
336. An instance of the finder post by iain pears
337. The greatest knight by Elizabeth chadwick
338. Fales inspector dew by peter lovesey
339. Mr. parker pyne, detective bny Agatha Christie
340. A scandalous countess by jo Beverly
341. The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest by stieg Larsson
342. The sultan’s wife by jane Johnson
343. The secret of the old clock by Carolyn keene
344. A Connecticut yankee in king arthur’s court by mark twaine
345. The shoemakers wife by Adriana trigiani
346. The skull of truth by bruce coville
347. The emperor’s pearl by Robert van gulk
348. The scarlet thread by Francine rivers
349. Whiteout by ken follett
350. Dragon’s pawn by carol l. dennis
351.The Tower Treasure by franklin w. Dixon
352. The salt road by jane johnson

Bookhaul of 11/2/12

I went to the thrift store and got some books. Although, I have so many already.

Carol L. Dennis
Authors Read Before And Liked

Awesome Deal

I found this book in hardcover for .25 cents.

Children Classics

I’m trying to read some children classics now. I heard what Anne of Green Gables was about and thought: I need to give children classics more of a chance. I did not see Anne of Green Gables but I saw these.

Historical Fiction/Classics

I did not know tell later that two of my books are by the same author.

 I saw a movie based on this series.

 I really want to get Twelfth Night.

My Ultimate Reading Plan

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This image is how my books look except worse. I am thinking of doing a two-year reading plan to finish the 347 books I own.

Books On my Que
Pope Joan
Vampire Lestat(literally been reading for more than a year now)
The Thorn Birds
Ivanhoe
The observations
Stray
Sugar Queen
World Without End
Inkheart
Girl with a Dragon Tattoo
Rockstar In Seat 3A
Pentacle Pendant
Lolita
Before I go To Sleep
Moon Called

vampires

So i’m currently reading The Vampire Lestat. And i looked at when i read The Interview With The Vampire  and it was June of last year, it has been a year.That is so crazy. I read Dead Until Dark(True Blood as some people know) and it made me think of how many vampire books i read and made me realize that i like fantasy books if they are done in a good way. A good vampire story<to me> has good mythology and is interesting. I read some bad books and they made me think that i didn’t like fantasy stories. I’m sorry that my writing goes from idea to idea.

 

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