THESE THY GIFTS

It encompasses history, mystery, comedy, gangsters, beautiful women, war, and religion.
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This engrossing novel follows aging Catholic priest Steve Trimboli as he confronts the sex scandals that the Church tried to keep hidden for so many years. He is determined to do what is right despite opposition from the bishop and some members of his congregation. In doing so, Steve needs to come to terms with his past, not least because one of the victims of abuse is Eddie, a young boy who is actually Steve’s grandson. Many years back, Steve fell in love with Rosalie, the wife of a mobster, and they had a daughter together. Though he feels a lot of guilt over breaking his vows, Steve has a deep connection with Rosalie and their daughter, Stephanie. He also cares deeply about Eddie, and is disgusted and horrified when he discovers the young boy being sexually assaulted. The description of Eddie’s assault and the ongoing trauma he endures is heartbreaking, and the budding connection between him and Steve is incredibly poignant. The book doesn’t shy away from the sexual abuse of children that occurred within the Catholic Church, and illustrates how many in the organization covered it up instead of reporting it. But it also presents Steve, who is imperfect and flawed but ultimately a good man who tries to do the right thing and pursue justice for his grandson.

-- Tara Malone
Book Description:

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.

Vincent Panettiere (Author)
VINCENT PANETTIERE Biography Vincent Panettiere was not born in a trunk at the Princess Theatre in Pocatello, Idaho, but in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University and went to graduate school at Boston University. After college he became a sports writer for the wire service United Press International (UPI) and later wrote for the Boston Herald, a major daily newspaper in that city before Rupert Murdochized it. After holding executive positions at Westinghouse Broadcasting, CBS and Xerox he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a screen writer. Four of his scripts were optioned but not produced, one by Twentieth Century Fox and the others by now-defunct production companies. He became a licensed and bonded literary agent representing writers and directors in television and films. He made deals for writers and directors on TV series, including Xena, The Untouchables and Babylon 5. He was also instrumental in the production of two independent feature films and the sale of numerous indie/MOW film scripts. During the same time, Panettiere was certified by the Major League Baseball Players Association to serve as an agent for major league and professional baseball players. Clients he represented played in the major leagues for the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. Objecting to the standard means of financing independent films, Panettiere sought non-traditional funding for his writer/director clients. His journey through the murky world of cyberspace was chronicled in his first book The Internet Financing Illusion published in 2007. Next, Panettiere turned to fiction. In A Woman to Blame, Panettiere created the character of Chicago police detective Mike Hegan. This was followed by These Thy Gifts, a second novel featuring Hegan, The Scopas Factor and his latest, The Music of Women. There is more information on Panettiere and his books on the website www.vincentpanettiere.com. He continues to live in Los Angeles and has eaten dinner in Pocatello, Idaho.
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