Blogs by angela t pisaturo
GOOD REVIEW FROM FAITHWRITERS
9/22/2007 4:11:20 PM
RECEIVED A GOOD REVIEW FROM FAITHWRITERS!
Amelia DeLuca had it all - great looks, a top-paying professional job in the heart of New York City, a penthouse apartment, a handsome, wealthy boyfriend...and a life that was spiraling downward. It's at this point of major change and revelation in her life that we are introduced to the title character in Angela Pisaturo's new novel, The Rich American Woman.
As Amelia's life becomes less certain, she begins the process of breaking free from her domineering father, deceiving boyfriend and dissatisfying career, in order to follow what she hopes will be God's plan for her future. While at this very vulnerable stage in her life, Amelia allows her older sister, Margaret, to steer her in a new direction - that of a lay missioner to India. Although feeling unsettled with her life, the idea of joining the Catholic missionary organization was not something Amelia had considered - at least, not since childhood. However, after attending a presentation on missions at Margaret's house, Amelia begins to consider the possibility of giving a year of her life to serving God and the people of India.
Before long, that possibility becomes a certainty, and Amelia decides to take this huge, ultimately life changing step. A couple of months later, she leaves New York for three months of intensive preparation at the Faith Outreach Institute in Seattle. It is while she is in training at the Institute that Amelia meets Nicholas Beaudry, a man who appears to be the antithesis of all the men in her life up to that point. Although she finds herself drawn to this very warm and attractive man, Amelia is unable to let her guard down enough to allow him into her heart.
What follows is a bitter-sweet love story set in exotic Chickaballapur, India. However, The Rich American Woman is not just a romance novel. It is a journey of faith and trust as Amelia learns to surrender everything to God - no matter what.
The Rich American Woman is Ms. Pisaturo's first novel for adults (she has two self-published books for children), and she brings to the story her own personal experience of the traditions, sights and sounds of life in India. This lends a certain degree of authenticity which adds to the story's overall appeal. There are times when the reader almost feels as though they, too, can smell the heady fragrance of jasmine and see the water dancing in the fountain outside Amelia's bedroom window.
In concluding her novel, the author took a huge risk by making a sharp turn with the plot in the final chapters. Just as the reader thinks that the story is coming to its conclusion, there is a twist toward an unexpected ending. As the story continues on, the reader very quickly becomes aware that they are being prepared for something dramatic ahead. This awareness of something big waiting just around the corner makes the final chapters more than a little unsettling as the reader tries to anticipate what may lie ahead. However, when the final events do take place, they happen very quickly and the ending does feel a little rushed.
There are some editing issues with Ms. Pisaturo's novel, which may be distracting for discerning readers. This is quite a shame, although not uncommon with self-published books.
Even so, although Amelia DeLuca's experiences may not be mirrored in most readers' lives, there's no question that The Rich American Woman's journey of faith and ultimate surrender to God will ring true in many hearts.
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