In Staten Island’s Little Italy neighborhood, Rosa DeAngelo marries at 18, leaving behind her secret admirer, Tony Prezzi, who in turn marries his own pursuer. Domestic violence almost kills Rosa and does kill Tony’s police wife. Their friends, family members and a new European touch therapy spa, Le Salon de l’Amour all try to help them find the next chapter of their lives. Neither can heal without touch, yet their paths to recovery leave them untouched and alone. Their responses create an abused women’s movement in Little Italy and beyond.
Enjoyable, Engaging and Delightfully Different
This is a romantic story about two people, Rosa DeAngelo and Tony Prezzi. Destined to be together, they each lead separate lives in the beginning. Rosa marries at a young age. Her husband turns out to be an abuser. Eventually Rosa leaves him. Meanwhile, Tony Prezzi marries also. But His wife, who is a cop, dies a hero in the line of duty. Will Rosa and Tony find each other that is what is on the reader’s mind. However, it will be a while.
Rosa learns of a European technique called touch therapy. Through that she experiences extraordinary healing and a new way of feeling. For the time being, Tony is working on his career. When will these two get together?
This story is heartfelt and endearing. It follows Rosa and Tony for over a decade as they grow and mature and find their way in the world. I was drawn in from the very beginning. It touches on the serious issue of domestic abuse. But there is a lot of humor and lighthearted conversations and events.
Set in the New York Italian community, I reveled in the culture and the humorous characters.
This book is written extremely well. I was impressed with the writing and the simple smart manner that author Casey Costra wrote the characters and the plot. It flowed at a fast pace and held my interest throughout. The characters interactions and conversations with one another are meaningful and touch on important life subjects.
The storyline is unique and uncontrived. The touch therapy part is a unique exciting and meaningful idea. I really enjoyed the Italian family and culture aspect which isn’t a common theme, making this a unique story. I think that author Casey Costra wrote it very well. Sometimes writers write too many characters and then the storyline can be undefined. This one is an extremely well written story with excellent composition. Casey Costra is an outstanding writer.
Touch by Casey Costra is an interesting, sincere, sexy story of people that lead realistic lives. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to all readers that are looking for something different and exceptional.