This story takes you through a life-long love starting in the Italian Alps and endures immigration to America, job trials, and meetings by chance.
Ciro and Enza meet as teenagers. Ciro and his brother had been left at a convent after their father died and mother couldn’t take care of them. Enza, the oldest child of her family, became an adult before her age. When the two met, the instant attraction lasted a lifetime.
Trigiani relates the hardship of immigrants as Enza and Ciro travel to America separately and unknown to the other. They each land in New York and make a life for themselves with the intentions of returning to the Alps someday. Ciro becomes a shoemaker while Enza is a seamstress for the Metropolitan Opera. They have brief, accidental meetings and are thrilled to find each other, yet something always stood in the way of forming a relationship.
That is until Enza is nearly walking down the aisle with another man.
The imagery and setting between country and city change the course of work for each, although the need and attraction between Enza and Ciro circle the issues of survival and opposing lifestyles they’ve created. Can they change their current direction to come together and live happily ever after? Who makes the biggest change and will it be a scar on their love? Are there any regrets?
The Shoemaker’s Wife is a splendid account of true love and how it can hold up until death do us part.