Tony's Wife

Tony's Wife

Adriana Trigiani / Jun 16, 2019

Tony s Wife Set in the lush Big Band era of the s and World War II this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids wh

  • Title: Tony's Wife
  • Author: Adriana Trigiani
  • ISBN: Tony's Wife
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  • Page: 243
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  • Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreamsShortly before World War II, Chi Chi Donate Set in the lush Big Band era of the 1940s and World War II, this spellbinding saga from beloved New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani tells the story of two talented working class kids who marry and become a successful singing act, until time, temptation, and the responsibilities of home and family derail their dreamsShortly before World War II, Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet one summer on the Jersey shore and fall in love Both are talented and ambitious, and both share the dream of becoming singers for the legendary orchestras of the time Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman They re soon married, and it isn t long before Chiara and Tony find that their careers are on the way up as they navigate the glamorous worlds of night clubs, radio and television All goes well until it becomes clear that they must make a choice Which of them will put their ambitions aside to raise a family and which will pursue a career And how will they cope with the impact that decision has on their lives and their marriage From the Jersey shore to Las Vegas to Hollywood, and all the dance halls in between, this multi layered story is vivid with historical color and steeped in the popular music that serves as its score Tony s Wife is a magnificent epic of life in a traditional Italian family undergoing seismic change in a fast paced, modern world Filled with vivid, funny and unforgettable characters, this richly human story showcases Adriana Trigiani s gifts as a storyteller and her deep understanding of family, love and the pursuit of the American dream Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audiobook Published November 20th 2018 by HarperAudio More Details Original Title Tony s Wife ISBN 0062866648 ISBN13 9780062866646 Edition Language English Other Editions 13 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Tonys Wife, please sign up Popular Answered Questions How can there be reviews of this book if it hasnt even been published yet 1 likelike 2 months ago See all 3 answers Punya Reviews To clarify a little There are galley sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss if you google you ll find info where reviewers can request for To clarify a little There are galley sites like Netgalley and Edelweiss if you google you ll find info where reviewers can request for ARCs advanced reader s copy of books that are catalogued there, definitely in exchange of a review The purpose is to get the words of an upcoming publication out there It depends on the publisher whether to accept or reject their request based on their location, reviewer profile etc Some of these reviewers may have gotten this book via one of those sites A vast majority do mention that these are reviews of ARCs gotten from the publisher less flag The book keeps referring to the people listening to music on the transistor radio Were they around in 1938 1 likelike 19 days ago See all 2 answers Adriana Dear Joan, Thank you for reading Tony s Wife and thank you for writing to me.No, transistor radios were not in existence in 1938 As a writer of Dear Joan, Thank you for reading Tony s Wife and thank you for writing to me.No, transistor radios were not in existence in 1938 As a writer of historical fiction in theme and content with Tony s Wife, I do my best to research my subject matter with depth and intensity I put the research aside when I begin the process of writing, living in the world of the characters, so you will find anachronisms in my books The scene, as written, is about Chi Chi s intimate experience with the music I looked back in my notes, and had notations about the 1930 s and beach fronts in the summer where speakers were mounted on poles, transmitting popular radio programs over the crowd Instead of using the information, I went with the transistor radio My novels are gleaned, plucked and pruned by layers of editors, copy editors and pre editors and none caught the transistor radio I am sorry the radio slipped through, and future editions will contain a detailed disclaimer, or I will amend Thank you for reaching out xxx Adriana less flag See 2 questions about Tonys Wife Lists with This Book November 2018 Book Releases 46 books 8 voters The _______ s Wife 119 books 15 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 21, 2018 Amy rated it really liked it Shelves physical arcs Trigiani is an author that has come highly recommended to me ever since I decided to try reading historical fiction and after reading my first book by her, I can definitely see the appeal There is something utterly effortless about her style, this was almost 500 pages and I read it in twenty four hours if that tells you anything I just found it very easy to be caught up in Chi Chi and Tony s lives and just had to know what would happen to them.This begins when Tony and Chi Chi are both te Trigiani is an author that has come highly recommended to me ever since I decided to try reading historical fiction and after reading my first book by her, I can definitely see the appeal There is something utterly effortless about her style, this was almost 500 pages and I read it in twenty four hours if that tells you anything I just found it very easy to be caught up in Chi Chi and Tony s lives and just had to know what would happen to them.This begins when Tony and Chi Chi are both teenagers and follows them the rest of their lives, both individually and together They re both musicians and I love the Big Band Era, it was such a fun piece of musical history and the author did a great job of bringing it to life While the majority is set on the east coast the characters did travel to the west coast as well which is always fun to see how things might have been in the fifties in California and Las Vegas.The best part of this for me was the characterization, following them both throughout their lives really built an attachment for me, especially to Chi Chi She was a one of a kind woman, fierce and daring and way ahead of the times, the kind of character that stays with you long after you ve finished the book Recommended for fans of HF but especially those who enjoy music.Tony s Wife in three words Engaging, Nostalgic and Endearing flag 21 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Donna Braun rated it it was ok review of another edition Research, researchThere is a scene at the beginning of the third chapter that describes the Jersey Shore in 1938 The author describes blankets, picnic baskets and transistor radios Really Did the beachgoers jump in a time machine to the 1950s to grab those radios This is a work of historical fiction how did it get past the editors But wait It gets worse The author refers to Sailors as midshipmen during a scene in San Diego In the U.S Navy, Midshipmen are students at the Naval Acade Research, researchThere is a scene at the beginning of the third chapter that describes the Jersey Shore in 1938 The author describes blankets, picnic baskets and transistor radios Really Did the beachgoers jump in a time machine to the 1950s to grab those radios This is a work of historical fiction how did it get past the editors But wait It gets worse The author refers to Sailors as midshipmen during a scene in San Diego In the U.S Navy, Midshipmen are students at the Naval Academy Her main character who has no education and whose experience is as a big band singer enlists in the Navy at the start of WWII but ends up on a submarine as a Lieutenant not happening even during the war Also, his shipmate refers to knowing an event will happen because he saw it on the satellite again 1950s technology That shipmate, who was retired because of injuries, later writes him a letter to return a locket and signs the letter with the rank Colonel Army, Marine and Army Air Corps ranks but not Navy In addition to the wrong term, the rank was impossibly high Even if that man had been the commanding officer of the sub, he would likely be a Lieutenant Commander, two ranks below an O 6 Also, there are not hallways or aisles on ships there are passageways To some these criticisms may seem petty, but it makes me doubt all the other details in the book I do not have personal knowledge about early Ford plants or garment factories and assumed the author had researched those and that the editorial team had checked for accuracy After coming across all these inaccuracies later, I cannot trust that these were good descriptions With the cost of hardcover novels nearing 30 and e books and paperbacks in the 15 range, I expect a professional product, especially from a publisher such as Harper Collins The historical accuracy of this novel is non existent The author is lazy, and the editors are lazier Advice to all involved in this train wreck stick to what you know flag 21 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Dec 26, 2018 MaryBeths Bookshelf rated it it was ok Shelves fiction Adriana Trigiani s novels are like comfort food to me I always love the stories, characters, setting everything But this story fell a little flat for me I loved the premise two young singers trying to make careers during the Big Band Era, but the characters frustrated me to no end Tony Arma is the stereotypical Italian man and Chi Chi Donatelli the stereotypical Italian woman I did like Chi Chi a little because she had glimpses of standing up for herself, but her relationship with To Adriana Trigiani s novels are like comfort food to me I always love the stories, characters, setting everything But this story fell a little flat for me I loved the premise two young singers trying to make careers during the Big Band Era, but the characters frustrated me to no end Tony Arma is the stereotypical Italian man and Chi Chi Donatelli the stereotypical Italian woman I did like Chi Chi a little because she had glimpses of standing up for herself, but her relationship with Tony steered her life of course and that frustrated me.Despite that, I did love the description of food, setting, and the fast paced, snappy dialogue between the characters flag 16 likesLike see review Dec 07, 2018 Lisa rated it it was ok The worst Adriana Trigiani book I have ever read I am totally disappointed, and expected much better This book was boring, wordy, redundant, and could have gotten to the point much sooner I only finished the book to see how it ended, and the ending fell completely flat Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors, but her last couple of books make me wonder if I should stop reading and looking forward to a new book by her flag 11 likesLike see review Oct 06, 2018 Jane rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves giveaway wins, favorite reads Thanks to and St Martin s Press for this ARC My opinion is my own Brava, Adriana Trigiani, you ve done it again with a wonderful book First of all, let me start with the cover art of this book I usually love the covers but this one surprised me It does not fit to me the character of Chi Chi to me The hair style throws me off because of the style strange looking braids and not very Italian looking I always love her books and this one is no exception with a close knit Italia Thanks to and St Martin s Press for this ARC My opinion is my own Brava, Adriana Trigiani, you ve done it again with a wonderful book First of all, let me start with the cover art of this book I usually love the covers but this one surprised me It does not fit to me the character of Chi Chi to me The hair style throws me off because of the style strange looking braids and not very Italian looking I always love her books and this one is no exception with a close knit Italian family The love between Chi Chi and Tony was hot and cold mostly because of his cheating on her constantly while on the road to stardom She was just as talented as he was in her own way writing songs for the both of them which she gave up to start a family which was the way they did it in the 1940s or mostly.It ended in 2000 when Tony Chi Chi were in their 80s and their twin girls Rosie and Sunny were in their 50s There are a few sad parts and a tragedy and disappointments but that s life.I don t know what ties she has with Scranton, PA, my hometown, but she mentioned it again like she did in in Kiss Carlo flag 9 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 20, 2019 Kim rated it liked it 3.5 stars, one of my favorite storytellers flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Blodeuedd Finland rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, historical fiction That blurb sure makes it seem like these two meet one summer and fall in love No they did not.ChiChi wants to become a singer, and she tries everything to make it happen She writes her own song, she records albums in her garage She is driven and smart.Severio becomes a singer even if that was maybe not the road he really wanted to take But well on it he wants and of everything.They meet in the summer of 1938, and then go back at doing their own things Their story will span until That blurb sure makes it seem like these two meet one summer and fall in love No they did not.ChiChi wants to become a singer, and she tries everything to make it happen She writes her own song, she records albums in her garage She is driven and smart.Severio becomes a singer even if that was maybe not the road he really wanted to take But well on it he wants and of everything.They meet in the summer of 1938, and then go back at doing their own things Their story will span until 2000 They become friends and coworkers ChiChi writes hits, he sings He flirts with women, she builds something But obviously they will try something , and I kept waiting for it, since after all the book is called Tony s girl.I liked how ChiCi was always I will not be a doormat, I will choose my own fate But then she becomes a biddable Italian wife And she feels resentful that she is the one giving everything up But he never asks that of her And that is not the person he fell in love with either She shapes herself into something she does not want to, nor he Their story is not a happy one He has wandering hands and I felt like if she had stayed true to herself then maybe he had too Or maybe he was just a smex addict.It is a book about working hard and trying to make something of yourself About falling in and out of love About how men think they can have it all, while the women carry the burden.I enjoyed it, even if I had wished for his hands not to wander so much But then this was not a romance.NarratorI did like his voice for everyone, and I also liked how he aged them From 16 to 80 He had a smooth voice that fitted the story flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 05, 2018 DONNA rated it liked it review of another edition What happened I have read almost all of Adrianna Trigiana s books And loved all of them This one did not measure up Tony was one of the two main characters but she didn t develop what was going on in his head He lost his way early on in the marriage but never looked inside of him Near the end of the book, she makes him even pathetic with graphic detail This book did not carry the beauty of the Italian characters that her other books did flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Onceinabluemoon rated it liked it review of another edition I adored big stone gap trilogy but i just didn t connect to this book, it lacked the humor and freshness that hooked me the first time flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 19, 2018 Christina Confessions of a Book Addict rated it really liked it Shelves adult historical fiction Chi Chi Donatelli lives with her musical family in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, which is part of the Jersey Shore Its the late 1930s, which means Big Band music is all the rage Chi Chi has big dreams she doesn t want to work at the clothing factory forever She wants to break out of her sleepy little shore town and make a name for herself She is a singer as well as a writer and while she has sung songs with her sisters at various gigs, she wants Then there s Saverio who lives in Detroit Chi Chi Donatelli lives with her musical family in Sea Isle City, New Jersey, which is part of the Jersey Shore Its the late 1930s, which means Big Band music is all the rage Chi Chi has big dreams she doesn t want to work at the clothing factory forever She wants to break out of her sleepy little shore town and make a name for herself She is a singer as well as a writer and while she has sung songs with her sisters at various gigs, she wants Then there s Saverio who lives in Detroit with his parents He spends the day working at the car factory and nights singing in the church choir After his father kicks him out, he pursues his dream of becoming a professional singer, after all, he has a lead with a legitimate band thanks to his solo on Christmas Eve at church As time goes by, Saverio has some success as a Big Band singer and when he meets the irresistible and charming Chi Chi down the shore, he knows she is something special He has had many girlfriends, but he has never met anyone like her Saverio is a notorious playboy though, so Chi Chi doesn t want anything to do with him at least that way Before they know it, the two are touring together and living out their dreams as professional singers Chi Chi isn t going to be like the rest of the girls and fall for Saverio s charm, right Tony s Wife by Adriana Trigiani is such a delightful story and a sweeping family saga It had me laughing one minute and tearing up the next it was completely entertaining.Read the rest of my review here flag 7 likesLike see review Dec 10, 2018 Dottie Legatos rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves library dtb lend, read in 2018 This was a great through the years family saga by Adriana Trigiani I was originally thinking I was going with 4 stars I really enjoyed the nostalgia of the story which reminded me of my parent s time, when it seemed life was simpler, and family was the reason for living By the very end, the author captured my emotions so fully that I was whimpering on the train Five Stars flag 6 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 13, 2018 Tina Panik rated it it was amazing Shelves fiction, historical fiction, loved these As engaging as Shoemaker s Wife, this epic tale of Chi Chi and Tony s life will capture your heart There s a lifetime of heartache and happiness in these pages, deftly navigated by Trigiani s understanding of family Chi Chi is a FORCE you will not forget This was an ARC flag 6 likesLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Diane rated it it was amazing Adriana Trigiani s newest novel, Tony s Wife, begins in 1932 Detroit Saverio Armandonada that s a mouthful is on his way to work in the Ford motor plant, along with this father Leone and all the other men in the neighborhood.Saverio s job is to bolt the driver s door handle on 978 cars every day, ten hours a day, six days a week On the seventh day, Saverio sings in the church choir He has the loveliest voice in the choir, everyone said so.On Christmas Eve, he was all set to give fellow cho Adriana Trigiani s newest novel, Tony s Wife, begins in 1932 Detroit Saverio Armandonada that s a mouthful is on his way to work in the Ford motor plant, along with this father Leone and all the other men in the neighborhood.Saverio s job is to bolt the driver s door handle on 978 cars every day, ten hours a day, six days a week On the seventh day, Saverio sings in the church choir He has the loveliest voice in the choir, everyone said so.On Christmas Eve, he was all set to give fellow choir member Cheryl a beautiful necklace and declare his love When his love life doesn t work out as he planned, he gets an offer to audition for a band His father is furious that Saverio would give up a good steady job for the unknown life as a singer, and throws him out of the house.Chi Chi Donatelli lives in New Jersey with her family, where they all work in a textile factory But Chi Chi dreams of being a singer, and her father supports her, even building a studio in their garage to record Chi Chi and her sisters in the hopes of becoming the next big girl group.Chi Chi meets Saverio, hoping that he can get her record to a music label They spend the day at the beach, and Tony is smitten with Chi Chi, although she is wary of his playboy ways Tony is invited to the Donatellis for Sunday dinner, and he envies Chi Chi the warmth of her family How he wished he had that Saverio and Chi Chi both dream of becoming stars, and they fall in love and marry Chi Chi fears that becoming a wife and mother will force her to give up the life she has come to relish writing and recording songs, performing on stage with Sav now known as Tony Arma.They move to Hollywood, where Chi Chi writes songs and cares for their children, while Tony tours the country and works as an actor in films Chi Chi wants the traditional Italian family that she grew up with, but it appears that Tony may no longer want that Can their marriage survive Anyone who loves the music of the 1940s and 1950s will adore Tony s Wife Trigiani names each chapter as a direction in music Feroce, Crescendo, Teneramente adding to the authenticity of this engaging story She even includes song lyrics throughout and a Tony Arma discography at the end of the book.I found Chi Chi s story so very captivating She is such a strong woman, a woman who took care of her family s finances and took charge of her career and life, all the time remaining traditional to her family values I absolutely fell in love with her As with everyone, there are ups and downs in Chi Chi s life, happy times and incredibly sad and challenging times too Once again, the cover art work is astonishing, and the descriptions of family meals and the beautiful clothing so evocative that you use all of your senses while reading this gorgeous story.Tony s Wife would make a perfect hostess gift if you are traveling for Thanksgiving, as well as a lovely gift during this holiday season Pair it with a Frank Sinatra record and a bottle of good Chianti as a gift to your best friend as well as for yourself I highly recommend Tony s Wife flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 28, 2018 Donna rated it it was amazing Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors I gobble up her books like my favorite candy She pulls me into all her stories and I find myself reading way longer than I intended when I pick up her books I enjoyed this love story with all its ups and downs It brought me back to the time period of my grandparents, and made me think about them and how life was for them during that time period It also gives great fictional peeks into the Italian households at that time, and I find that fascina Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors I gobble up her books like my favorite candy She pulls me into all her stories and I find myself reading way longer than I intended when I pick up her books I enjoyed this love story with all its ups and downs It brought me back to the time period of my grandparents, and made me think about them and how life was for them during that time period It also gives great fictional peeks into the Italian households at that time, and I find that fascinating and can imagine my Italian grandparents living similarly back then As always, I m looking forward to her next book to get lost into flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Marisa rated it it was amazing Shelves favorites, net galley I adore Adriana Trigiani She is one of my MUST READ authors and I mark her books on my calendar as to not miss a single release Adriana is in a league of her own in creating characters that transcend locations and decades and stories that grip a reader and leave them feeling like they ve left a piece of themselves with the charactersNY S WIFE is a saga of the best kind It takes two characters and joins them together in a story that allows the reader to follow them through life, trials a I adore Adriana Trigiani She is one of my MUST READ authors and I mark her books on my calendar as to not miss a single release Adriana is in a league of her own in creating characters that transcend locations and decades and stories that grip a reader and leave them feeling like they ve left a piece of themselves with the charactersNY S WIFE is a saga of the best kind It takes two characters and joins them together in a story that allows the reader to follow them through life, trials and tribulations, celebrate and cry with them and fully fall in love and care about their story Tony s Wife follows Chi Chi and Tony from the ages of 19 early 20s to their 80s, from the 1930s to 2000 Chi Chi is a strong female from the onset, she has a mind for business and a passion for music She is forceful, brave and charismatic I loved the scenes of chi chi and her sisters performing and the audition with the Jelly Beans had me laughing out loud Savario aka Tony was a character that I have very mixed feelings about which I think was Trigiani s true intent at times I loved him, idolized him and cheered him Other times, I felt he was selfish, unlikable and wished that Chi Chi would find love elsewhere I loved the stage Tony and the vulnerable Savario I didn t care for the Tony who put himself first.I loved the parts of this novel that separated Chi Chi and Tony and also loved the chapters of their act As a country music fan, I was very much reminded of June Carter and Johnny Cash through much of this novel.One of the deepest connections I felt for this novel was the connection that it held to my favorite place in the world THE JERSEY SHORE I have a connection with Avalon it shares an island with sea Isle so to see Adriana paint such an image of my personal paradise made me feel calm and at ease Connecting Chi Chi to the water ocean for her peace was calming and enjoyable to me.I loved every page of this novel I had to force myself to put it down at various times, just so I could stay in their world a little longer.LOVED, LOVED, LOVED flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Rocky theurbanbookshelf rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsI received an early copy of this book for review from the publisher All thoughts are my own.This story follows a girl named Chi Chi Her father always encouraged her to follow her dreams in music After he died the family realized just how much he put into the possibility of her career Eventually she finds herself as part of an act with Tony Chi Chi was a strong woman who would do anything to make it for her self Where this book lost me a but is once she settled down she really lost 3.5 starsI received an early copy of this book for review from the publisher All thoughts are my own.This story follows a girl named Chi Chi Her father always encouraged her to follow her dreams in music After he died the family realized just how much he put into the possibility of her career Eventually she finds herself as part of an act with Tony Chi Chi was a strong woman who would do anything to make it for her self Where this book lost me a but is once she settled down she really lost site of herself and everything she worked for I felt like how she was portrayed in the beginning didn t match up towards the end I did mostly enjoy this book but something just some reason never fully connected, but still a good read flag 4 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 27, 2018 Cece rated it it was ok This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This book wtf I usually like Adriana Trigiani s books, but this was not her best It really did start out pretty good But it was full of TOO MUCH It was at least 75 pages too long I don t understand several things I d like to list them, so I can get them out of my brain 1 How did a kind, small town mama s boy become such an ass hat Sure, he got a little famous, but his actual rise to notoriety was entirely skipped in this book So, the mystery will remain a mystery 2 The schnoz I fi This book wtf I usually like Adriana Trigiani s books, but this was not her best It really did start out pretty good But it was full of TOO MUCH It was at least 75 pages too long I don t understand several things I d like to list them, so I can get them out of my brain 1 How did a kind, small town mama s boy become such an ass hat Sure, he got a little famous, but his actual rise to notoriety was entirely skipped in this book So, the mystery will remain a mystery 2 The schnoz I find it hard to believe Tony escapes WWII with a free nose job which healed miraculously quickly and no other damage mental or physical Really, Adriana And, how is it his career picked up so quickly afterward the war There was talk that everyone would want to be happy again when the war was over, but I d have loved to see a little bit of struggle in getting Tony back on his feet That would have explained why he jumped back into touring head first He would have actually fought for it and wanted to hold onto it 3 Self proclaimed Feminist If Chiara is such a feminist, why is it that from the minute she meets Tony, she is SERVING HIM She does his nails, cooks his food and gives him a hit songs She owes him nothing She makes it very clear in the beginning that she doesn t have romantic motives soooooo What That ain t right It s out of character and consistently so 4 The Corn Factor The romance is so corny that, were those sections of the book a garden, they d have unicorns and fairies among the flowers They were too cutsie The part where her band members peek their heads into her hotel room as she cooks a feast on a hot plate was a particular low I get what A.T was aiming for, but it wasn t great 5 Leone Honestly, how is it possible that Chiara would name her son after her father in law when she knows her husband and he have an exceedingly contentious relationship Just why Saw it coming a mile away and yet I was still crushed when I read it 6 The Unexplained Flip On that note, how can Chi Chi and Tony go from a night of screaming at each other to a morning in which Tony is the father of the year, a morning where he s ALSO taking care of their daughters for the first time in the whole book He told his mom he wanted ten kids When did he go from that to what he had Speaking of his mother7 Rosaria How did his mother lose her grip on him Rosaria went from supporting her son by traveling with him to going completely unmentioned Her son married three times This should have killed her I can t see this happening on her watch 8 Death of a Marriage at a Wedding The foreboding tone at the scene of Tony and Chi Chi s wedding is as thick as Tony s hair in the beginning of the book I just can t It was too obvious they would split up This plants a negative seed in your mind that grows with every interaction they had thereafter 9 Like Adriana, pick a smilie You know what your market likes feminine, romantic, old fashioned stuff Why would there need to be five similes to describe something when one will do Pick the most feminine and move along, girl 10 This Is Not What I Expected I feel like I was lied to This book was supposed to be about her struggling to continue her career when she gets married Instead, the content drops her career and becomes about her managing Tony s house and affairs there was no struggle to balance She d, by way of omission, decided very resolutely In fact, later on, she actually asks Tony to set aside HIS professional ambition This is not what we were promised 11 I Have Grays Now This was too long a book covering too many years I don t need the whole family history I know some romances play out over a lifetime, at least in books, but I don t need a book that covers 60 years I get whiplash from jumping ahead five years mid chapter with no preamble as happened in this book at least once Also, Chi Chi and Tony get married on page 294 and with in 60 pages they ve been married for 20 years and divorce is very apparently on the horizon That was sure fast Slow down, speed racer Pick a speed within a comfortable range and set cruise control 12 How I Loathe Thee Tony becomes a real ass in the end How was it so obvious to everyone around them that he d been cheating and yet Chi Chi never hints at it The readers couldn t have known but all the characters did I felt like I d missed something I did not feel like I was being let in on a secret It seemed to come out of the blue Not because it wasn t within his character, but because he d sworn he would reform and without hints to the contrary within the story, the mention of his cheating was very left field 13 Cheryl The scenes with Cheryl toward the end that was an assault to mental imagery I cannot forgive the sins of the author in writing that Gross 14 What the actual f How do Chi Chi and Tony get back together The romance at the end is killed by the long history of his bad treatment toward her AND the undermining old jokes This isn t what I signed up for Yuck Hate it Ugh I don t respect Chi Chi 15 One word Ginger face palm 16 Confession That was not a valid sacrament I m Catholic I know And, given other Catholic themes in the book, I d have expected A.T to know too17 The end Just ugh I m glad it s over Sorry this turned into a hate read I never would have guessed it I normally like her books A.T preyed on my emotions and hooked me with the water rescue scene in the beginning Little did I know that d would be the most the book would move me until the flood of relief at The End flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 03, 2018 Connie rated it really liked it Shelves edelweiss, 2018 read This is one of those bookswell, it starts out so strong, and then it gets even strongerand then suddenly you find yourselfwellnot liking it so much I think in the second half of the book that the parts with Cheech were justwell, I think the comedy parts and her actions were just overplayedlike she was overacting Then there is Saverio Hell, he really just started to creep me out a bit TBHHowever, the I though about these characters and believe me I DID think of them This is one of those bookswell, it starts out so strong, and then it gets even strongerand then suddenly you find yourselfwellnot liking it so much I think in the second half of the book that the parts with Cheech were justwell, I think the comedy parts and her actions were just overplayedlike she was overacting Then there is Saverio Hell, he really just started to creep me out a bit TBHHowever, the I though about these characters and believe me I DID think of them often the I realised that they were pretty true to life Perhaps their era was before my time, but I actually do remember seeing replays on the telly or watching old movies or listening to acts from the war eraand well, I remember lots of girls acting just as Cheech did We all know men, perhaps, to put it in a gentle way, way past their prime, that still try way harder than they should to be the young and viable men they were in their youth The creepy older uncle we all know is alive and well in this novelThat s one of the things I love about Trigiani She manages to take some unlikeable characters and make you care for them She makes you feel like family and as they continue on in their lives you are often very irritated at their behaviours You might really think they can do no wrong at the start and as life keeps adding challenges you wonder how they can continue to make the wrong choices, but they do I m one of those people that believe most people do the best they can with what they have That we don t set out to hurt others That we somehow justify our bad behaviours just so we can live with them That we don t do this on purposeeven when we are aware we are doing them, we are just unable to change I m also one of those people that like Cheech, some might believe, forgives too easily Maybe forgiveness isn t the right term Maybe it s just that you move on and don t dwell on the past so muchholding on to bitterness and resentment is a horrible way to livenot for those that you hold the resentment towards, but for yourself This would have been a very different story if Cheech was one to hold on to the past with resentment Whilst I understand Saverio s resentment of his father, I also think that sometimes you just have to forgive in order to free yourself I am well aware for that a strong Italian man of that erawell, perhaps it was just too much to hope for Whilst parts of me really hated the last half of this novel and debated on a low star rating, well, I can t judge others by my personal feelings for themyes, I wish Saverino and Cheech had taken different paths in their lives, but it wasn t my choice to makeWhen I started this novel I fully expected it to turn out different I had visions of the two main characters roles being reversed TBH I m not disappointed that they weren tI m just a bit surprised is allbut that is often how it is in life Those that you think are weak turn to be steadfast, and those you imagine strong and on a clear course are are anything butThis is definitely one of those books where I think it s important to not judge by your own experiences or personal expectations or today s expectations If you go in unable to imagine a life in a different era or unable to see the wider scope of things, well I don t think you ll like it If you expect all endings to be raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittenswell, again, this isn t the novel for youbut if you want true to life imperfect peoplewell you might enjoy it as much as I did, whilst at the same time being very disappointed in the charactersARC provided by Edelweiss for an honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 11, 2018 Lorilin rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fiction, arc Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet as teenagers when Saverio s band plays at a local venue in Chi Chi s neighborhood Chi Chi is whip smart and a little sassy Saverio is a playboy, and on his way to becoming a star Even though they are drawn to each other, they never try to be than friends At least not at first Chi Chi s one dream is to be a singer, and she won t jeopardize that by becoming yet another one of Saverio s girls Over the years, the two begin singing and perform Chi Chi Donatelli and Saverio Armandonada meet as teenagers when Saverio s band plays at a local venue in Chi Chi s neighborhood Chi Chi is whip smart and a little sassy Saverio is a playboy, and on his way to becoming a star Even though they are drawn to each other, they never try to be than friends At least not at first Chi Chi s one dream is to be a singer, and she won t jeopardize that by becoming yet another one of Saverio s girls Over the years, the two begin singing and performing together Saverio changes his name to Tony, and the Tony and Chi Chi act really begins to gain traction on stage and off The only question is, will Chi Chi risk all she s gained professionally by letting herself fall in love with ever beguiling Tony Arma If you like Kristin Hannah s The Nightingale or The Great Alone, you will love this book It s a sweeping saga of historical fiction, told over a span of 70 years The book follows Chi Chi and Tony through their whole lives together through relationships, performances, deaths in the family, war deployments, births of children, hit records, affairs, and eventually their own deaths.I felt torn about this book after finishing it It s not a bad story it kept me interested and entertained And Chi Chi is a great character a level headed but feisty workhorse who can write clever songs and manage a chaotic family life at the same time In fact, I wish the title better reflected her role in the story She doesn t even become Tony s wife until the book is 2 3 done The main problem for me, though, is that author Adriana Trigiani tries too hard to make Tony s Wife an epic and HEART WRENCHING tale of the Italian immigrant experience Sure, the premise of the story is good, but there s too much going on and as a result, nothing feels fully fleshed out or complete Major life changing events are glossed over in a couple pages Central characters are killed off with no warning and little follow up World War II is briefly introduced, and then, boom, it s over It s disorienting and unsatisfying It also didn t help that there are these weirdly philosophical, overwritten monologues about love, marriage, infidelity, death, and other intense topics thrown in Honestly, the death scenes in this book began to feel less like believable parts of the story and like lazy opportunities for Trigiani to share her preachy and somewhat cheesy thoughts on life No thanks.I know there is an audience out there for this book There are going to be than a few readers who absolutely love it But for me it was just okay Thank you Vine and Harper for the ARC See of my reviews at BugBugBooks flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Julie Durnell rated it really liked it review of another edition I thoroughly enjoyed Chi Chi and Tony s story Trigiani does the Italian family thing so well The singer musician composer elements were wonderful and played well against the thought provoking women s role as wife vs career flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Barbara rated it liked it Good but not great By focusing on the two main characters entire lives, many events were rushed and there was no time to delve into the whys of what happened flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 19, 2018 Cristine Mermaid rated it liked it Shelves historical fiction I absolutely loved The Shoemakers Wife so when I saw this ARC, I grabbed it It was promising because the blog made it sound like it was going to be about the struggle to have a career in show business while raising a family but really it was about her giving up her dreams and spending her life doing exactly what she said she didn t want to do, centering her life around taking care of a man so he was free to pursue what he wanted That was depressing The way he went out and pursued his big li I absolutely loved The Shoemakers Wife so when I saw this ARC, I grabbed it It was promising because the blog made it sound like it was going to be about the struggle to have a career in show business while raising a family but really it was about her giving up her dreams and spending her life doing exactly what she said she didn t want to do, centering her life around taking care of a man so he was free to pursue what he wanted That was depressing The way he went out and pursued his big life and had great success and love and passions outside of the marriage while she did the day to day work of raising a family and didn t have any type of love interest was uninspiring I wanted to see her succeed and live up to what she wanted for herself so this was a let down for me I did enjoy that Tony was from Downriver Detroit as I was raised there so it was fun for me to read about it Also, the author s writing is fantastic as always I enjoy the first part of the book where Chi Chi was singing and touring and song writing but once she gave it all up.disheartening flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 14, 2018 Megan Williams rated it liked it Generally speaking I am a huge fan of Trigiani so I hesitate to review this book The characters were appealing, the descriptions were great but the book Overall, I was a little bored It could be me but I don t feel it was one of her best flag 3 likesLike see review Nov 24, 2018 Randi Daeger rated it liked it I m always up for an Adriana Trigiani book but this is not one of my favorites It was good but not as good as some of the others She is one author I d love to get to know flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Anna marked it as dnf Over halfway into the book, they only just now showed ANY romantic interest in each other And I ve read some reviews that suggest the ending is flat unsatisfying So I m dnf ing it for now Maybe I ll eventually go back and finish it, but it s dragging horribly now Not the romance, singing duo life story it was blurbed as being in the description flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 23, 2019 Jennifer rated it liked it Let s get this out of the way first Tony is the worst Tony s Wife, however both the character and the book is a delight Adriana Trigiani was for many years my favorite author, but I did not enjoy her previous two books and thus picked this one up a little reluctantly It s not the best book I ve ever read by a long shot, but it s a welcome return to form I m glad all is not lost with Ms Trigiani flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Taynement rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 books This is one of those cases where half stars are needed I might change my mind to a 3 later The premise was interesting This is supposed to be a love story but to me it was a tragedy I was so furious at Chi Chi when my anger should have been directed at Tony for just being a very selfish man.I liked how the book depicted the way love a man can pretty much change the trajectory of your life I enjoyed the insights into Italian marriages but i felt the book was wordy at some point Intriguing e This is one of those cases where half stars are needed I might change my mind to a 3 later The premise was interesting This is supposed to be a love story but to me it was a tragedy I was so furious at Chi Chi when my anger should have been directed at Tony for just being a very selfish man.I liked how the book depicted the way love a man can pretty much change the trajectory of your life I enjoyed the insights into Italian marriages but i felt the book was wordy at some point Intriguing enough premise flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 12, 2019 Laura rated it it was amazing What a way to start the year Chi Chi is probably my favorite Trigiani character As a woman, she is amazing flawed as we all are but honest, sincere, strong, and whip smart In her signature way of telling the world wonderful Italian American stories, Trigiani doesn t disappoint From 1930s Detroit and the Jersey Shore to NYC in 2000 the reader is treated to a highly amusing, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, telling of the life of Tony Arma crooner and Chi Chi Donatelli singer and song w What a way to start the year Chi Chi is probably my favorite Trigiani character As a woman, she is amazing flawed as we all are but honest, sincere, strong, and whip smart In her signature way of telling the world wonderful Italian American stories, Trigiani doesn t disappoint From 1930s Detroit and the Jersey Shore to NYC in 2000 the reader is treated to a highly amusing, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, telling of the life of Tony Arma crooner and Chi Chi Donatelli singer and song writer flag 2 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 13, 2019 Mary rated it it was ok review of another edition Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors Unfortunately this book just did not do it for me I felt there was no emotional connection between the two main characters Tony and Chi Chi I wish the story had been about their careers together instead of their relationship I liked Chi Chi but once she got into the relationship with Tony she just became a doormat Tony was a philanderer who had no redeemable qualities This book had the potential that be so much better than it was flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Abby rated it it was ok Eh That s about all I really like the Shoemaker s Wife but this was just kitschy and kind of annoying What woman wants to read a book about female character who gives up her dreams and career for a lousy man who cheats on her and is never around to help raise his family flag 2 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia She is published in 35 countries around the world Her recent novel, Kiss Carlo, was an instant bestseller of The New York Times, Adriana Trigiani s latest novel, Tony s Wife, is on sale now Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia She is published in 35 countries around the world Her recent novel, Kiss Carlo, was an instant bestseller of The New York Times, Barnes Noble, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and Indie Booksellers nationwide.Adriana is also a playwright, television writer producer and filmmaker Adriana is the award winning director of the documentary film, Queens of the Big Time She wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown Big Stone Gap spent 11 weeks in theaters in the fall of 2015 and was the 2 top grossing romantic comedy of the year In 2018 Adriana returned to the director s chair with THEN CAME YOU, a film written by Kathie Lee Gifford Filmed in Scotland, it stars the screenwriter, Craig Ferguson, Ford Kieran, Phyllida Law and Elizabeth Hurley.Adriana co founded The Origin Project with Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, an in school writing program which serves over a thousand students in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia She lives in New York City with her family and their rescue pets Adriana speaks to book clubs and classrooms regularly To invite her and schedule a Skype, please reach out to her at adrianaasst aol.Facebook adrianatrigiani Books by Adriana Trigiani More Trivia About Tonys Wife No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Tonys Wife You might need to walk into happiness, like it s a joint, and once you re inside, you own it 0 likes I take care of your children like the priceless jewels that they are and I don t expect a thank you for my efforts You never have to worry about our kids because you know no harm will come to them in my care Do you have any idea what a burden I have taken off your shoulders The ability to relieve another human being of worry and anxiety is the single greatest act of love one can do for another and I do it for you 0 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 381, 586, 460, 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        Adriana Trigiani s latest novel, Tony s Wife, is on sale now Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia She is published in 35 countries around the world Her recent novel, Kiss Carlo, was an instant bestseller of The New York Times, Adriana Trigiani s latest novel, Tony s Wife, is on sale now Adriana Trigiani is beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels She wrote the blockbuster The Shoemaker s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy and Lucia, Lucia She is published in 35 countries around the world Her recent novel, Kiss Carlo, was an instant bestseller of The New York Times, Barnes Noble, Publishers Weekly, USA Today and Indie Booksellers nationwide.Adriana is also a playwright, television writer producer and filmmaker Adriana is the award winning director of the documentary film, Queens of the Big Time She wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown Big Stone Gap spent 11 weeks in theaters in the fall of 2015 and was the 2 top grossing romantic comedy of the year In 2018 Adriana returned to the director s chair with THEN CAME YOU, a film written by Kathie Lee Gifford Filmed in Scotland, it stars the screenwriter, Craig Ferguson, Ford Kieran, Phyllida Law and Elizabeth Hurley.Adriana co founded The Origin Project with Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, an in school writing program which serves over a thousand students in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia She lives in New York City with her family and their rescue pets Adriana speaks to book clubs and classrooms regularly To invite her and schedule a Skype, please reach out to her at adrianaasst aol.Facebook adrianatrigiani


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    1. Trigiani is an author that has come highly recommended to me ever since I decided to try reading historical fiction and after reading my first book by her, I can definitely see the appeal There is something utterly effortless about her style, this was almost 500 pages and I read it in twenty four hours if that tells you anything I just found it very easy to be caught up in Chi Chi and Tony s lives and just had to know what would happen to them.This begins when Tony and Chi Chi are both te Trigi [...]


    2. Research, researchThere is a scene at the beginning of the third chapter that describes the Jersey Shore in 1938 The author describes blankets, picnic baskets and transistor radios Really Did the beachgoers jump in a time machine to the 1950s to grab those radios This is a work of historical fiction how did it get past the editors But wait It gets worse The author refers to Sailors as midshipmen during a scene in San Diego In the U.S Navy, Midshipmen are students at the Naval Acade Research, res [...]


    3. Adriana Trigiani s novels are like comfort food to me I always love the stories, characters, setting everything But this story fell a little flat for me I loved the premise two young singers trying to make careers during the Big Band Era, but the characters frustrated me to no end Tony Arma is the stereotypical Italian man and Chi Chi Donatelli the stereotypical Italian woman I did like Chi Chi a little because she had glimpses of standing up for herself, but her relationship with To Adriana Tr [...]


    4. The worst Adriana Trigiani book I have ever read I am totally disappointed, and expected much better This book was boring, wordy, redundant, and could have gotten to the point much sooner I only finished the book to see how it ended, and the ending fell completely flat Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors, but her last couple of books make me wonder if I should stop reading and looking forward to a new book by her.


    5. Thanks to and St Martin s Press for this ARC My opinion is my own Brava, Adriana Trigiani, you ve done it again with a wonderful book First of all, let me start with the cover art of this book I usually love the covers but this one surprised me It does not fit to me the character of Chi Chi to me The hair style throws me off because of the style strange looking braids and not very Italian looking I always love her books and this one is no exception with a close knit Italia Thanks to and St Mar [...]



    6. That blurb sure makes it seem like these two meet one summer and fall in love No they did not.ChiChi wants to become a singer, and she tries everything to make it happen She writes her own song, she records albums in her garage She is driven and smart.Severio becomes a singer even if that was maybe not the road he really wanted to take But well on it he wants and of everything.They meet in the summer of 1938, and then go back at doing their own things Their story will span until That blurb sur [...]


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