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Subject: April RAL - The Shoemaker's Wife Chapters 24-29
Date Posted: 3/14/2013 12:11 AM ET
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Parting is such sweet sorrow...and we come to the end! Post your final thoughts and promise to join Genie for the June RAL!!!

Thank you for making my first attempt at hosting a RAL a blast!

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Date Posted: 4/7/2013 1:20 PM ET
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Date Posted: 4/7/2013 2:56 PM ET
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I enjoyed reading it very much as well...many more beauties than flaws!

Date Posted: 4/13/2013 1:46 PM ET
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I didn't enjoy the last 1/3 of the book as much as the first 2/3. Everything seemed kind of rushed and I thought it was very strange that Antonio would get married without his mother there. It seemed out of character. Overall I enoyed this book, 3/5.

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 12:15 PM ET
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I didn't enjoy the last 1/3 of the book as much as the first 2/3. Everything seemed kind of rushed and I thought it was very strange that Antonio would get married without his mother there. It seemed out of character.

I agree, Aubree. I found the marriage of Antonio really odd. My jaw actually physically dropped when he seemed to just casually mention to his mother that he broke up with Becky and married someone else. Oh, by the way, Mom...the girl I've been dating all my life fell in love with some doctor and dumped me and I didn't bother to tell you? HARDLY. That rang so false with me that I actually snorted. (I know...how unladylike...)

I also felt cheated that Ciro developed cancer and died so young. After all they went through, to only have such a short time together was horrible. I know life sucks and isn't fair a lot of the time, but this part of the story really bugged me.

I also was a little surprised that Luigi would leave Angela behind with Enza. Granted, he might have felt that as a man, he couldn't do the best job raising her alone, but he didn't have any female relatives in Italy that could mentor her and teach her? Very strange to me. I found it odd that a parent would voluntarily leave a child behind, even if it would give a grieving friend a distraction and someone to fuss over.

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 2:13 PM ET
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I agree Lauri, a great deal of the last part of the book seemed pretty unbelievable.  I couldn't buy the fact that Antonio would marry Angela without Enza being there.  I never thought about Luigi's having relatives back in Italy, though.  Good point!

Date Posted: 4/14/2013 2:36 PM ET
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I agree with everyone that the last part of the book really rushed along.  Maybe Luigi felt it would be less of a trauma for Angela to stay with Enza in the only place she knew as home.  Also, he may have felt it would be what Angela's mother (cant' remember that character's name) would have wanted for her.  But, I do agree that it is very hard to imagine leaving a child behind.  Just as a little personal note, my mom's mom passed away when she was 3 and my grandfather, while he raised her 3 older brothers, placed mom and her 5 month old sister in foster homes.  They also were immigrants and it was probably about the same time period. 

Date Posted: 4/15/2013 12:30 AM ET
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I have to admit I was significantly disappointed in the last part of the book. Overall, it wasn't  bad read, but I did have some issues with odd behavior and rushed resolutions. This isn't going to be a book that will end up on my keeper shelf. I can't see myself reading it again with fond memories, eager to experience the lives of these characters again. It was okay...but not something that I would recommend wholeheartedly to most readers.

Date Posted: 4/15/2013 9:58 AM ET
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Overall I enjoyed the book even though it did have its faults.  I agree that it's not one for the keeper shelf.  By the way, Laurie, you have done an excellent job moderating this discussion.  Thank you!

Date Posted: 4/16/2013 2:34 AM ET
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Awww...shucks! Thanks so much!

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Date Posted: 4/25/2013 11:11 AM ET
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I finished it last night, and the rushed last chapter really didn't bother me much.  Although, I think she could have cut out some of the first half of the book and expanded the last half a little. Overall, I liked it and I'm glad I finally read something by this author.  So if anyone has read her Big Stone Gap series, how does this compare?  I've had that on my TBR for a long time.

Date Posted: 4/26/2013 11:15 AM ET
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I finished last evening, and unfortunately, I just didn't love this book.  My biggest beef was that I found it boring.  I also agree that some things seemed rushed and strange (Antonio getting married being one of them).  I also just never totally embraced the characters.  I liked Enza, and I think the author developed her well, but Ciro started out strong, but I think ended up being kind of shallow.  Granted I'm not a romance fan, so that's coming into play here, but I just never believed in their relationship.  It seems to me that if both felt such a strong pull and desire to be together they would've made more of an effort, especially Circo.  Their "chance" encounters just seemed kind of farfetched to me. 

So, I hate to be the negative one at the party, but this one just wasn't for me.  I think people who like romance would enjoy it more.  I am glad I played along with you girls, though, and I'm looking forward to June's RAL.  I wonder if Genie is still contemplating Vision of Light for the book.  I'm really anxious to read it.

Lauri , a big THANK YOU for hosting!  You did a wonderful job, and I appreciate that you fell right into my lap so I was able to fulfill my duty as February's RAL hostess to find the next hostess!  Yea for you!!

Date Posted: 5/2/2013 2:16 AM ET
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You're welcome, Shelley! It was a pleasure, and relatively painless...LOL!!! And my thanks to Genie for volunteering to host in June!

I have to agree that this wasn't one of my favorite books recently. Lucia, Lucia is still my favorite by Trigiani. I haven't read the Big Stone Gap series, so I may wait a little while and pick up the first one.

However, it was great to read a book along with a bunch of friends and discuss as we went along. I'm looking forward to Genie's selection, whatever it is. (I do have a copy of Vision of Light...just in case she decides to go with that one!)

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