Provo, UT, February 23, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- What causes picture-perfect suburban Oakwood residents, MacKenzie, Roxie, Sara, and Georgia to desert their therapist and fly off to Florence? Answer: A romantic Italian movie that prompts Roxie to ask: "If Italy is so healing and therapeutic what are we doing in Ohio?"
Even Sara, the most duty-bound of the group, finally joins the pact they dub "The Crazy Ladies of Oakwood." Only a week later, they find themselves in Florence. Embraced by the entire province of Tuscany, each woman becomes entangled in experiences she could never have foretold. Not only do they find the fascinating Italian men that Georgia promised, but new sides to themselves and each other.
Against the glittering background of Florence, their dramas play out.
Though ages have passed since the rebirth called the Renaissance, Florence still inspires change by breathing out its creative mix of energy, beauty, and courage. Where Michelangelo "set free" the David by sculpting a block of marble, each "crazy lady" finds her exterior "Oakwood self” burnished away by new experiences, revealing a new self. This burnishing is not a gentle process, but exuberant Italians help them through it with their all-embracing agape, or unconditional love. Though they do not know it, each of them hungers for agape's healing power. They discover in it a balm that binds them together and puts them on the road to recovery, the road that is "The Only Way to Paradise."
"When I began writing my 12th book," says G.G. Vandagriff, "I didn't know if it would be literary fiction or chick lit. I knew only it would be about four troubled women on a healing journey to Florence, Italy."
The Only Way to Paradise is receiving rave reviews from readers, best-selling authors, and the media.
Vandagriff has been in the process of re-releasing all of her novels through her publishing company Orson Whitney Press. Other titles include: Cankered Roots, Of Deadly Decent, Deliverance from Depression, Tangled Roots, Foggy With a Chance of Murder, The Last Waltz, and many more.
The Only Way to Paradise
Author: G.G. Vandagriff
Publisher: Orson Whitney Press
Published: June 2011
About The Author:
G.G. Vandagriff is the award-winning, best-selling author of twelve books, a passionate Italanophile, the wife of fellow writer/lawyer David Vandagriff, the mother of three children, and the grandmother of two exceptionally gifted boys. She takes medicinal trips to Florence once a year. Her guiding belief is that the world can only be altered for the better by persuading our fellow men and women to experience a change in their own hearts so that they are motivated by agape/charity (or by being born Italian). Also a freelance journalist and a columnist for an on-line magazine, she is a Stanford University graduate, and received her Master's Degree from George Washington University. She recently won the coveted Whitney Award for her best-selling historical epic, The Last Waltz.
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The Only Way to Paradise and all of Vandagriff's other novels are available for purchase online through the author's website, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.