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Rightfully Ours deals with the virtue of chastity head on; yet in a manner that would make any teen want to be like Rachel and Paul. These two characters serve as excellent role models for teenagers coming to grips with burgeoning love and sexual desire, contrasted against all that they have been taught concerning morals and virtue.
I found Rightfully Ours enchanting, with a little bit of mystery. As the story unfolds, Rachel and Paul discover more than each other. They enjoy digging around in Rachel’s garden, only to discover something very interesting. Can’t give too much away, but let me say that what they found is very interesting, for it had the capacity to change their lives. As I continued to read, I wondered how they might handle such responsibility.
As I turned each page, I kept wondering if Paul and Rachel would remain true to their morals, or give in to societal pressures. They were only teenagers. What endeared me to this story is that as I continued to read the book, I learned that Rachel and Paul would come to discover that their love for each other is worth more than any earthly treasure, and that their chastity was priceless.
If you have a pre-teen, or teenager, then you NEED to get a copy of this book. Read it yourself, first, then pass it on to your child. This wonderful story can serve as the impetus for having that all too uncomfortable, yet necessary talk with your child. Using Catholic fiction, with characters that your child can relate to, will make that talk go much more smoothly, for having read this book.
Okay, so having got that off my chest, I honestly believe that RIGHTFULLY OURS has immense potential to do good for those teens (oh so many of them!) who struggle with temptations -- sometimes violent temptations -- against purity. Because, face it, while every Christian parent hopes and prays that their children will remain virgins until their wedding days, the shocking statistics of premarital sex and teen abortion rates prove that virginity is indeed an extremely rare jewel in today's world. Even children raised in the best, most vigilant Christian homes can – and often do – fall. So if any given novel can prevent even one teenager from a mistake that can never be recalled, and which may have overwhelmingly destructive results, then that novel is worthy of the highest praise. Carolyn Astfalk has written that novel.
The story starts when 16-year-old Paul is forced, by his older brother's job situation, to live in the guest cottage owned by 14-year-old Rachel's parents. Living on the same property, Rachel and Paul become fast friends. But, as often happens with teenagers at that age, a crush develops and soon explodes into overwhelming physical desire. Meanwhile, they are drawn into a mystery, which forces them to spend time together, ALONE, as they try to solve it. Talk about being thrown into the clutches of temptation.
How Paul and Rachel deal with this is realistic, satisfying, and often surprising. I love how the author handles their character development. Readers will cheer for them, cringe with them, laugh with them, worry about them. Paul's older brother Sean, who starts out a fairly minor character, turns out to play a definite role in the story, a subplot which I personally enjoyed. From the beginning I was drawn to the character of Sean and when he basically disappeared after the first chapter, I kept hoping to see him return and find out what would happen to him. I was excited when the author brought him back into the story.
This is Carolyn Astfalk's debut in the genre of young adult, but fans of her adult Christian romances will enjoy this story too. Her delightful style and hilarious sense of humor shine forth on every page.