08 Mar


In the story of One of Seventeen, the main character Caitlin had a short romantic weekend that led to her marriage to James. Although they consummated their love and commitment before their wedding ceremony the day in the small chapel in Maryland, the book implies that they were wedded first. Because one publisher required that no pregnancy precede the wedding, the original story was tweaked. But on page 39, 3rd paragraph, it unveils the secret and the truth, and this was not an error in wording, but a hint that Caitlin and James were intimate before their wedding. I wanted to make it clear to readers that James wanted to marry Caitlin since the first day he met her. And months before they ever went away to Maryland, Caitlin feared that she’d be abandoning her family at a time they needed her most. But more than that, Caitlin feared intimacy. James was the angel who taught Caitlin everything about the true nature of love, family, and giving.  She believed this was the secret gift and grace from God that she carried for over 40 years.


Caitlin burns with compassion for all young women. She wants them to know that today’s way of romance, love, and family wasn’t always this way. To her, the old-fashioned, more conservative approach was better. So, in the book, she longs to share the message to young women not to lose hope. She does this by showing how everything fell into place better than she imagined once she focused on caring for others more than for herself.


Her own mother personified this putting her responsibilities ahead of her own desires, providing a role-model for her 17 children.  In this way, she taught her children not to be selfish.


The odds were against such a large family raising good, responsible children who would be good, responsible adults, but both parents did something remarkable. They were rewarded by having no illnesses or deaths in their family until they left this world, and this reward is one that One of Seventeen is meant to convey. It is a story meant to inspire us and help guide us to do what is right before we leave the people we love and the world behind us.



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About the Author

Written by Catherine Nagle

Catherine grew up in Philadelphia with 16 brothers and sisters, reared by loving, old-school Italian parents. Catherine's artist father's works graced churches and public buildings; her mother was a full-time homemaker. A professional hairdresser, Catherine worked in various salons while studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual growth through courses, seminars, lectures, works of Marianne Williamson, and conferences, including the National Theology of the Body Congress. She is also an Ambassador of the Society of Emotional Intelligence. The mother of two children and now a grandmother, Catherine lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. She is the Author of Imprinted Wisdom, Absence and Presence, Amelia, and a contributor to Anne Born’s These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology.

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