Welcome to another day that sparks creative moments for us all.  Theme Thursdays is hosted by Reading Between Pages, and spotlights the themes in the books we read.

Searching for themes gives us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.
As we are winding one year, we will hopefully cast away everything that is old and look forward for a brighter and more prosperous year. So look for the word OLD or anything that symbolizes it. (worn out, torn, past etc)


I went through three different books from next week’s list to find something “old”!  You wouldn’t think it would be that hard!  lol

The book I am featuring has been on my stacks for awhile:  Brava, Valentine, by Adriana Trigiani, starts out with a wedding.  Not just any wedding, of course, but the wedding of the MC’s 80-year-old grandmother.  Perfect!

As Brava, Valentine begins, snow falls like glitter over Tuscany at the wedding of her grandmother, Teodora, and longtime love, Dominic. Valentine’s dreams are dashed when Gram announces that Alfred, “the prince,” Valentine’s only brother and nemesis, has been named her partner at Angelini Shoes. Devastated, Valentine falls into the arms of Gianluca, a sexy Tuscan tanner who made his romantic intentions known on the Isle of Capri. Despite their passion for one another and Gianluca’s heartfelt letters, a long-distance relationship seems impossible.

As Valentine turns away from romance and devotes herself to her work, mentor and pattern cutter June Lawton guides her through her power struggle with Alfred, while best friend and confidante Gabriel Biondi moves into 166 Perry Street, transforming her home and point of view. Savvy financier Bret Fitzpatrick, Valentine’s first love and former fiancÉe who still carries a torch for her, encourages Valentine to exploit her full potential as a designer and a business woman with a plan that will bring her singular creations to the world.

A once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity takes Valentine from the winding streets of Greenwich Village to the sun-kissed cobblestones of Buenos Aires, where she finds a long-buried secret hidden deep within a family scandal.


Snippet:  From my window at the Spolti Inn, it seems the entire village of Arezzo is swathed in a lace bridal veil.  I sip hot milk and espresso from a warm mug as I watch an old horse-drawn carriage pull up in front of the inn to take us to the church. p. 1


Doesn’t that sound romantic?  What did you find today?  Come on by and share some snippets and links….

16 thoughts on “THURSDAY SPARKS — THEMES — DEC. 29

  1. That does sound very romantic; so beautifully written! I was lucky. I had just passed the page with the snippet I used last night when reading, so I didn’t have to search too hard. I can see where this one might be difficult, though. Your choice is great. I may have to check that book out!


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