These Thy Gifts is a forbidden love story spanning 50 years between a priest and the widow of a mobster. It encompasses history, mystery, comedy, gangsters, beautiful women, war, and religion.
2006 is a tumultuous year for the Catholic Church. Reports of horrific sexual abuse are becoming widespread. Monsignor Steven Trimboli is troubled. He worries for the future of the church-and rightly so. A new crime will soon reverberate throughout his church and hit closer to home than he ever imagined.
As Trimboli examines his faith, he must also examine his past. This poignant new novel takes readers back fifty years to meet Trimboli as a young and passionate priest, ready to tackle the world. The church, however, has other plans and exiles him to a small town in New York State. It is there that he meets the intriguing and beguiling Rosalie LaMarca. The two will form a connection that will have lasting consequences for both their lives.
Trimboli's adventures will take him to the front lines of Vietnam and back. He will encounter abuse in his time serving the Catholic Church, but he will also bear witness to moments of unimaginable grace. Follow Trimboli as he confronts his past, his choices, and what it means to be a man of God.
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About the Author
These Thy Gifts is Panettiere's second novel and third book. He has also written The Internet Financing Illusion and A Woman to Blame.
(4.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon).
Critics said A Woman to Blame-
"Kept me on my toes...makes you fall in love with the characters."
"Intriguing plot and a host of well-developed characters...a truly enjoyable mystery."
"A compelling mystery novel...complex and quite colorful."
For more information, visit his website at www.vincentpanettiere.com.
Panettiere lives in Los Angeles, California.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A very strong emotional filled novel with excellent descriptive writing about the trials and tribulations of a priest. Some of the scenes described are graphic and may upset some readers but are essential to the storyline. The story had me gripped from page one following the life of Monsignor Steven Trimboli and his battles with his peers within the church and also with his own secrets and faith. The author has bravely written a novel in a time when the catholic church is under attack. The characters are totally believable, especially how close the links are between the crime syndicates, the local police and the community as a whole in order for the church to survive and prosper. A brilliant novel which is a real page turner and is so full of all the emotions a human being can experience. The scenes and the life story portrayal is amazing and you will fall in love with the characters. A touching story on what do you do when you discover a crime has been committed within the church fraternity and the way to make the offender be accountable without upsetting the powers that be or even more damaging the reputation of the church to its congregation. A fantastic novel full of life experiences, which may challenge your own beliefs.
These Thy Gifts by Vincent Panettiere is meant to be an expose of the Catholic church, and to an extent it is that. However, it is more of a musing about an illicit relationship between a priest, Trimboli and Rosalie LaMarca. Rife with criticism of the Catholic church, and a thorough scourging of present day media, Panettiere takes on subjects like the mob, sexural abuse and theology with a deft hand. The story spans 50 years, plenty of fictional time to engage the reader, with plenty of movie and music references throughout. Humor is interjected in the story with exactitude as the novel progresses. Personal choices of the characters are made that blur the lines of respectability and expectation, creating an enticing mélange of controversy for the reader. The subject of abuse in the Catholic church has unfortunately become an enduring topic that will continue to be examined through fictionalized stories such as These Thy Gifts. An interesting and compelling read.
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (10/2016) Article first published as Book Review: ‘These Thy Gifts’ by Vincent Panettiere on Blogcritics. Being familiar with the author’s work, I quickly jumped at the opportunity to review “These Thy Gifts” by Vincent Panettiere. The story follows Steve Tromboli, a catholic priest, in his journey through faith, history, and his own human impulses within the context of the environments around him throughout his life. The story not only visits concepts within the Priesthood of the Catholic Church, such as chastity, hierarchy, scandal, and corruption; it also presents the reader with how a young priest deals with his own doubts, human needs, relationships, and sins, while trying to live out his vocation and serve his parishioners. Through Tromboli’s life, readers will experience fifty years of history. Readers will also visit the Italian-American community and its colorful characters, and live the impossible romance of his forbidden love Rosalie, who married the big crime Boss, Tony Lamarca. As a Catholic born and raised woman who did her schooling (as well as my children) in Catholic school, I found “These Thy Gifts” to be a must-read for all Catholics. The topics touched on within this fiction novel are disturbing facts about the corruption within the Church, and its efforts to remain hidden. As an Italian, I felt at home with his characters, as they took me back to my childhood friends, relatives, and even priests I knew while growing up. As a reader, I was captivated by Tromboli as in many cases he reminded me of my favorite character of Guareschi and his books about “Don Camilo.” Panettiere’s writing is spot on with character development, descriptions, writing style, and research. However, one noteworthy issue would be about story editing, as it moved somewhat slowly at times. This might be due to some scenes and details that did not move the story along, and could have been flushed out to help the pace. Even so, the story was so captivating it did not affect my enjoyment of the book. Overall, “These Thy Gifts” by Vincent Panettiere is a captivating, and revealing journey through history, faith, and a man’s lifetime dedication to serving his vocation. I truly enjoyed this read, and found it to be interesting, thought-provoking, fun, and entertaining. Definitely recommended reading!