Book Review - These Thy Gifts by Vincent Panettiere
'A fantastic novel full of life experiences, which may challenge your own beliefs.'......
"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 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.