Book Review: Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk
Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter’s relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad’s deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep.
Paul’s new home with the Muellers provides solace, especially in the form of Rachel, his friend and confidante. Their abiding friendship deepens as they work side by side to uncover what could be lost treasure.
Will they acquire the strength of character and virtue to take only what rightfully belongs to them or are they in way over their heads, with more than a few lost artifacts at stake?
Rightfully Ours is a tender tale of teen romance filled with suspense, adventure, and humor. It is a Christian romance in which two teens initially become close friends and confidantes. As they spend time together, they discover they are attracted to one another and soon realize their morals are challenged as they struggle with temptations against the virtue of chastity.
Amazingly, while digging, the couple finds a buried treasure – gold. Even more incredibly, over time, they discover the rare treasure of true love, which is more precious than gold.
I enjoyed this book and its characters, who seem very authentic to me. They are like all of us – slightly imperfect, yet striving to become better versions of themselves. They desire to live virtuous lives and eventually discover that they cannot stay chaste on their own, but must rely on the grace of God to give them the strength they need to do so.
Rightfully Ours is a fast-paced, exciting book that will hook you and keep you reading. It is not just for youth, but is a great read for adults, too. If you have a teen, read this book first before you give it to them. I recommend it for older or more mature teens, due to the intimate scenes described in the story. It is filled with non-preachy messages about the beauty of authentic love, which Pope St. John Paul II defined as the “theology of the body.” This does not mean that the book contains theological terminology, but it does mean that it deals with the issue of sexual temptation and assists teens in handling that. It also helps them understand the meaning of true love. I highly recommend Rightfully Ours for both teens and adults.
About the author:
Carolyn Astfalk is a friend and a fellow member of the Catholic Writers Guild. She resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where it smells like either chocolate or manure, depending on wind direction. Carolyn is the author of the inspirational romances Stay With Me and Ornamental Graces and the coming-of-age story Rightfully Ours. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild and Pennwriters and a CatholicMom.com contributor. Formerly, she served as the communications director of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops. True to her Pittsburgh roots, she still says “pop” instead of “soda,” although her beverage of choice is tea. You can find her online here: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and at CarolynAstfalk.com.