June 4, 2012

book review: finding felicity

Monica Marlowe's Finding Felicity tells the story about love, loss, forgiveness and spiritual development.

Madeline O'Connor's world takes a drastic change when she learns her estranged sister is ill. She leaves behind her career-driven New York City lifestyle to be with her sister in Italy as she fights her illness. There, stays at a Benedictine monastery where she meets and falls for Brother Anthony Lamberti who takes her on an emotional and spiritual journey. New Yorker Tyler Reed also enters her life, bringing a less-complicated and also deep level of feelings to her life.

Madeline finds herself in a complicated triangle in which nothing, not even deciding who she wants to spend her life with, is easy to determine.

In a time where people are obsessed with earning another dollar and making decisions based on what looks best on paper, Felicity shows the importance of pausing to address one's feelings. Told through the lives of intriguing characters, the story's greatest strength comes from unveiling the true motives and feelings of the main players.

Fast paced and entertaining, Felicity is a love story at its core. It deviates form what one expects from a romance as it explores relationships on multiple scales: between sisters, lovers, parents and friends.

An emotional roller coaster, the story made me laugh and cry. It left me with an ending that was far from what I expected, and one I will think about for a while. A far cry from a cookie cutter world, Madeline's life story is never simple, but offers a compelling portrait of love and choices.

A superb story-teller, Marlowe is an author I look forward to reading more from in the future.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Check back tomorrow for a guest post from the author.

About the Author 
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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