Friday, June 1, 2012

Review: Finding Felicity by Monica Marlowe

Finding Felicity tells the story of Madeline O’Connor, whose life is turned upside down when she learns that her estranged sister is ill, leaving Manhattan to care for her sister in Italy.  Although she is consumed by work and her relationship with her sister is strained by a past betrayal, Madeline makes the journey to Europe and stays in a monastery that accommodates travelers.  There, she meets Brother Anthony Lamberti, a man unlike any that she knows in New York.  Anthony and Madeline share an overwhelming love and Madeline lets down her guard to the sincerity, dignity, and strength of Anthony.  From him, she learns many spiritual and emotional lessons and undergoes a complete transformation.  Along the way, she also meets Tyler Reed, who adds the excitement of a love triangle to the many twists and turns along Madeline's journey to Finding Felicity.

 Oh, how Monica Marlowe knows how to load up a novel with an emotional punch!  "Finding Felicity" was so hard to put down because I just had to know what was going to happen, yet at the same time I didn't want the story to end.  Madeline is hurt by past betrayal by her sister and instead chooses to bury herself in her work, making her company her life.  Learning that her sister is terminally ill and being urged by her nephew to come to Carrie's side, Madeline finds herself in Italy and intrigued by a man that is quite unattainable.  The story of Madeline and Anthony is so touching and beauitful as they struggle with their places in this world.  Throw in Tyler Reed, who seems to know what Madeline needs in life, and the triangle is off and running. 

I love the vivid description of the scenery and the people that pass through Madeline's life.  There is a side story, that while I knew immediately where it was going, was touching and bittersweet.  I cried...there is no denying it.  As wonderful as both men were in their own right, you knew that one was going to win and the other would be left behind.  And it did break my heart.  Kudos to Monica Marlowe...if I cry, it is always a good book!

Author Bio:
Monica Marlowe was born in Toronto and later moved to Los Angeles. While in LA, Monica studied the craft of novel writing and participated in the Noel Hynd Workshop. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Psychology. Now, Monica makes her home in North Carolina and divides her time between the East and West Coasts. Monica is currently writing a memoir, The Gift Horse, about acquiring her first horse and finding herself on a most unexpected path. Monica writes stories about heroes and heroines who follow their heart, wherever the path may lead, knowing that the heart has reasons of its own. 

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review FINDING FELICITY Michelle!