The Velvet Thorn

the velvet thorn olivia villa-realThe Velvet Thorn. Olivia Villa-Real. 2011. iUniverse.

In the novel The Velvet Thorn by Olivia Villa-Real, readers meet Bella Mariposa, a talented singer and composer who happens to be married to a real scumbag. Daniel Miranda, Bella’s jerk husband, is the kind of guy you’ll love to hate—the kind of guy that thinks sex is an obligation and that dinner should always be ready at the precise moment he walks through the door.

In an attempt to restore her marriage and provide a better home life for herself and her children, Bella enrolls in a spiritual retreat in Hollywood. It is there that she meets Father Derek Lindenberg, a man wholly devoted to his Catholic priesthood. At the retreat, the two establish a strong connection and, of course, eventually fall in love.

It’s not a particularly original story line, truth be told. Having a priest fall in love with a beautiful young woman has been done before. (The Thorn Birds? Anyone?) However,  it doesn’t make such a plot line any less intriguing.

Influenced by her own life experiences, Villa-Real has done an acceptable job of exploring how love and relationships can test a person’s devotion to the unyielding rules of religion and religious society in The Velvet Thorn.

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  1. Olivia Villa-Real says:

    Dear Emily,


    Thank you very much for taking the time to review my book, The Velvet Thorn.  I deeply appreciate your keen insight
    and valuable input. My goal in writing the novel is to give it a meaningful,
    positive ending to thresh out some golden fiber from the relics of a dear
    friend whose life ended quite tragically.


    Thank you also for your very informative site. I am taking
    to heart your Top 10 Tips for New
    Bloggers.  I certainly can use them
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    Again, a megaton of thanks to you, Emily, and the best of
    luck in all your undertakings as well.


    Warm regards,


  2. security los angeles says:

    Relations are difficult to manage and when it come to live it become very difficult. I am sure this will be like a good experience for people to learn from and do not repeat mistakes.

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