I received my free copy of the book, "The Godfather's Daughter: An Unlikely Story of Love, Healing, and Redemption," by Rita Gigante, from Hay House Publishing for review purposes; and couldn't put it down once I started reading it.
Secrecy, fear, and betrayal are the powerful themes that plunge the reader straight into the darkness of the author's sheltered childhood. At times, you can literally feel her fear as she describes her spiritual journey in this coming of age story. You also want to celebrate when she finally gains the courage to live and speak her truth--even in the face of enormous familial, cultural, and religious pressures. The characters in the book are brought to life through her vivid portrayals of their flawed, yet perfect humanity. And while the exploits of the author's father could have easily taken up the entire story--he was a New York crime boss after all--she focuses instead on the complexities of their relationship with each other. The emotional fallout her family experienced as the result of her father's choices, and the devastating impact of one secret in particular, is especially heartbreaking.
Yet inspiration, redemption, and encouragement (along with a bit of mysticism) are the gems that makes this story a triumph.
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