If ever there were the perfect book to start off a new year, this is it. I completely adored this book. Trigiani's writing is a sensory delight; she spends a lot of time discussing smells, tastes, sights, sounds, and feelings to the extent that you, as a reader, feel as if you are part of the story. In fact, I took a nap after reading the scene revolving around the family's Christmas dinner, and I dreamed about cannoli.
I really fell in love with Valentine as a character. She was a strong woman, but she was also flawed. I found myself really relating to her. Apparently, this book is the end of a trilogy, yet despite the fact that I never read the two previous books, I found myself completely absorbed in the story, and did not feel like I had missed anything.
I loved the strong emphasis on family in this book. It made me wish I was from a big Italian family myself. All in all, I thought this was a solid story, and it made me want to read more of Trigiani's writing.