Catherine Astl holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English-American Literature from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the International Summer Schools Shakespeare and Literature program at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. She also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Legal Assisting and has been a civil litigation trial paralegal for over twenty years. Catherine is also the author of two non-fiction books used in college/university paralegal programs throughout the country: Behind the Bar-Inside the Paralegal Profession and Behind the Bar-From Intake to Trial, as well as having authored over twenty-five published articles.Three Gates is her first published novel, and is heavily based on her own experiences at Cambridge and her own life events. A lifelong writer and reader, she is drawn to history, science, the classics, and historical fiction with compelling, deep-rooted relationships. And of course, Shakespeare is her absolute favorite, devouring every book, article, and piece of news about the famed Bard and Elizabethan England. Inspired by her time at Cambridge, and about taking the risk to immerse herself in literature and culture for one summer when her future was truly uncertain, it is her hope that readers will be inspired to walk through the Three Gates themselves, to feel their strength and sense of direction, and their eternal presence. Most of all, she hopes Three Gates allows hope to remain when none seems possible.Catherine lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida with her son and husband. In her spare time, which is spare indeed, she reads, writes, scrapbooks, exercises, travels, and scours bookshops to add to her personal library which is always expanding. She is hard at work on her next novel.
Three Gates "Lessons in Humility, Virtue, and Honor"by Catherine Astl
Paulina Astoria, a thirty-something wife from Florida, embarks on an academic adventure that takes her to the University of Cambridge in England. Leaving behind her husband, Joe, and their so-far futile attempts to have a child, her goal is to be nice to herself for a change. She will spend the summer immersing herself in a study of Shakespeare—and the people
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Paulina Astoria, a thirty-something wife from Florida, embarks on an academic adventure that takes her to the University of Cambridge in England. Leaving behind her husband, Joe, and their so-far futile attempts to have a child, her goal is to be nice to herself for a change. She will spend the summer immersing herself in a study of Shakespeare—and the people she meets in England. She takes along her diary along with her hopes and dreams for an eye-opening, cross-cultural experience in a land that is both new and foreign, despite the lack of a language barrier.
The lessons she learns, however, go far deeper than merely Shakespeare and his plays—and Paulina’s eyes are opened in ways she never expected.
Seeking to fit in with the younger students, Paulina begins to see her life in a new light. She has focused solely on her husband for many years, neglecting her own growth. Her closest relationship—with Joe, as his wife—has left her feeling alone and lonely. And Joe seems to be distancing himself even further from her, in her absence.
Does he even miss her? Do they still have a future together?
While exploring her new environs, Paulina finds that the University of Cambridge has three gates: Honor, Virtue, and Humility. She begins to realize that each gate has its own unique, life-changing, and challenging lessons to teach her. She embarks on a journey that will open her heart to new ways of thinking about her future…
…and the ways in which she views her very own soul.
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