With a focus on shoes, Italy, and New York, I thought “Very Valentine” would be great. It wasn’t. It wasn’t bad, but the main character lacked any pizzazz that would entice a reader to continue the journey of saving her family’s shoe factory with her. Having the protagonist be an overweight women in her thirties who lacks self-confidence wasn’t exactly a character I was thrilled with. The plot was infused with classic Italian weddings and parties, but even that wasn’t enough to keep me going. I stopped reading and wouldn’t recommend it.