When Madeline O'Connor learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill, she leaves behind her life in Manhattan to be at her sister's side in Italy. There, she discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travelers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks. Everything in her life turns upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti, a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and learn that life and love always find a way. When her sister dies, a new life for Madeline begins. A new life that she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way.
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
|Age Range:||16 Years|
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Reviewed by Robin Book provided by the author for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Ms. Marlowe delves into the world of family relationships, with complications that can arise. As this isn’t a normal genre of reading for me, I tend to stay away as most will agree this is a touchy topic and having family issues with parents, step-monsters and siblings I am not likely to want to read about someone else’s not matter how wonderful the outcome. So I stay away. Having said all that I took on some books left over by another reviewer so I wasn’t privy into what I was getting into. I randomly picked books by the name alone. Like I said not something I would normally choose I however was surprised with the storyline. Many times you run across a story that deals with broken friendships because of one friend running off with the boyfriend or husband of the other. This story deals with family and I guess that family can be just as traitorous. Madeline O’Connor has picked up her life and becomes a very successful business woman with her store ‘Felicity’ which sells lingerie. She is bitter from the past in which her sister Carrie had an affair with her husband resulting in a son, Jonathan. Carrie ends up divorcing her husband to marry her sister Madeline’s. They move to Italy, eventually she becomes divorced from Madeline husband but chooses to stay in Italy. Jonathan sends a letter to his Aunt Madeline letting her know that his mother, Carrie, has cancer and is dying. I guess no matter what when there is a tragedy, you tend to forget that bad times remembering the good or better times dropping everything to rush to your families side. Madeline was no different than anyone else. Having been betrayed she forgets and runs to her sister’s side. Oh to be so forgiving. While in Italy she becomes involved in a love triangle so to speak. She finds herself very much in love with Anthony who has to make decisions of his own. Ms. Marlow writes a story within a story that takes us between the present and the 1940’s. At first not quite sure where Marco’s story comes into play it is wrapped up and woven in with the present so smoothly at times you flip back and forth not even realizing it. It was well blended. Ms. Marlowe takes on the path to discovering ourselves in a most imperfect world. Finding where we fit it and how to deal with the all the emotional baggage that is family. Madeline finds that once she deals with the hurt and anger letting go she is able to move on to letting love and happiness once again fill her life. Ms. Marlowe reveals allot of self-discovery in her story making you step back and re-asses your own connections to family. Asking where do I fit in? Overall I found this to be a rather heavily emotional journey into discovering your own place in the world. I think anyone would find it to be an uplifting story.
Madeline O'Connor leaves behind her life in Manahattan to be at her sister's side in Italy when she learns that her estranged sister is gravely ill. Once there, Madeleine discovers an ancient Benedictine monastery that accommodates travellers, and she decides to stay there, among the monks. Everything in Madeleine's life becomes turned upside down when she falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti. Brother Anthony Lamberti a soft-spoken Italian completely different from the men she knows in New York. Together Madeline and Anthony find love for the first time, and they learn that life and love always find a way. When Madeleine's sister Carrie dies, a new life begins for Madeline. A new life that she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way. At first I had trouble getting into the book because the plot was initially too slowly paced for my personal tastes. Then about 25 % into the book the pace picked up and I really found myself becoming more immersed in the story the more I read of it. I really loved the characters of Brother Anthony Lamberti, and Jonathon, Monica described them so well. The book is well written and descriptive in all the necessary places to enable you to enjoy the book. I will not go into details and give spoilers but I will say it was a shame that certain characters died within the story. Those characters had been so well described that you had become quite attached to them by that point in the book. So would I recommend it ? Oh Yes!
This book was interesting as it addresses so many different interconnecting relationships at the same time. Madeline and her sister have a sordid past. The reader learns early on in the book that Madeline's sister cheated on her husband with Madeline's husband...an illicit relationship that resulted in a child, Jonathan. Years later, Jonathan contacts Madeline-who has not seen her sister in seven years-to tell her that his mother has cancer. Madeline now runs a successful business that takes up much of her time, she is married to her business; even so, she deigns to go to Italy to see her sister. When Madeline arrives in Italy, she meets Anthony, a monk residing in a monastery, there is an instant attraction. She also meets with her sister and nephew, a somewhat awkward meeting. The novel continues on in much the same way, Madeline having the opportunity to forge new relationships if she so chooses. She also gets to know Tyler, who appears to really like Madeline and has the potential for being another love interest. The reader will enjoy following Madeline's decisions and actions during the novel. Madeline is a good character; she can be harsh, determined, hard-working, caring, and serene. The reader should take note that the author, unlike many, does not carefully crush over the concept of infidelity-the pain of what happened to Madeline is evident in the book and she is bitter, as she has a right to be. Tyler and Anthony, the two love interests, are very different in many ways while similar in others. They both offer Madeline the chance to start anew-though Anthony would be somewhat complicated. Tyler is more impulsive, fun, and uninhibited. Anthony is far more calm, accepting, quiet, and almost timid. Madeline's sister, though a bit of a sympathetic character, will not be a favorite of the readers. Her actions and decisions caused problems years down the line, an occurrence that shouldn't be brushed away. This story has many twists and surprises; the reader will not be bored. The plot is interesting enough and the events are fairly fast-paced; this book will not take the reader too long to read. This book is recommended for adults (some love scenes) who enjoy romances with a second chance at happiness.