Madeline O'Connor was happy. Or was she? When she 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. Loving Anthony creates a new life for Madeline. A new life she would never have imagined and yet is perfect for her in every way.
Monica gives an overview of the book:
Today he wore a crisp white shirt that set off his olive complexion. Slim fitting jeans. His eyes seemed darker. Pools of sweet dark chocolate. Bitter - sweet dark chocolate. His eyes widened at the sight of her. “Oh! Hello.” Madeline was at a loss for words. Her cheeks burned at the memory of their first meeting. “Buon giorno.” He pursed his lips, trying to conceal amusement at her obvious embarrassment. “Well, this is quite a coincidence, isn't it?” Madeline was beginning to recover. Maybe staying at the monastery was not such a bad idea after all. Casually her eyes glanced at his left hand. No wedding ring. Perhaps there was a God.
My debut novel, Finding Felicity, was released by Eternal Press in August 2011. I am originally from Toronto, but moved to Los Angeles where I learned the craft of novel writing in the Noel Hynd Workshop. Currently, I am writing The Gift Horse, a memoir about...
Finding Felicity is a great read. The story between the past and the present are closely intertwined as we learn that Marco has become Father Marco at the Monastery where Anthony and Jonathan serve. We...