"This is a delightful story! [...] It's a mystery with some major twists and turns, and I had a hard time putting this one down. I recommend this book, which has some great characters and a compelling story line." - Lee, Goodreads
Published: January 2017
Father Richard Bianchi is looking for a little peace and quiet in a rented house in New Jersey to reflect on whether he should stay in the ministry or marry Tess Tessalone. A couple of days after moving in, he meets Dana Dvorak, a teenager with at least half dozen issues. The star on an all-boys hockey team, she's about to enter a major hockey tournament when her Dad, with whom she lives, is mysteriously abducted. Father Bianchi, Richie to his friends, puts aside his own issues to become part of the search team led by a prickly and savvy detective.
From the author:
From the author:
Breakaway is the story of people in search of new meaning in their lives, even if they have to collide with the status quo to attain it. Father Richard Bianchi is looking for a little peace and quiet in a rented house in New Jersey while he reflects on whether he should continue his ministry or get married. Two days after moving in, he meets Dana Dvorak, a teenager with at least a half dozen issues. The star on an all-boys hockey team with dreams of playing for the New York Rangers someday, she lives with her father, Eddie, who’s divorced. He doesn’t think much of hockey or girls playing it. At the same time, he's deeply troubled by what’s going on in government today and wants to do something to change it. When Eddie is mysteriously abducted from his home one night, he becomes the center of a nail-biting search led by a tenacious detective and one very curious priest.
About the author:
Valentine Cardinale enjoyed a successful career as the editor of leading magazines in the advertising and pharmacy fields before deciding to write fiction. Breakaway is his fourth novel. Val lives in New Jersey, not far from the West Side neighborhood in New York City where he grew up.