Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk

New Release 2017

A coming-of-age story of first love, buried treasure, and discovering some things are worth the wait.


Sixteen-year-old Paul Porter's relocation to Pennsylvania is a temporary move during his dad's deployment. Or so he and his brother think, until devastating news lands on their doorstep.

Paul's new home with the Muellers provides solace, especially in the form of Rachel, his friend and confidante. Their abiding friendship deepens as they work side by side to uncover what could be lost treasure.

Will they acquire the strength of character and virtue to take only what rightfully belongs to them or are they in way over their heads, with more than a few lost artifacts at stake?

Themes include premarital chastity and overcoming temptation.



“Coming of age stories fall into ‘one of my favorite’ categories for novels, and this story lived up to my expectations.

I would recommend this book for teens, especially those in a dating relationship, and for those who wish to understand them.”

—Virginia Pillars , author of award-winning memoir Broken Brain, Fortified Faith

"The story includes a number of thought-provoking scenes about chastity; the characters are genuinely tested, and have to make some tough decisions. These struck me as very realistic, and even the teens' conversations with older characters about chastity didn't seem the least bit 'preachy.'

I wish I'd been able to read this book thirty years ago, as a Catholic high school kid trying to navigate these same waters.”

—Christopher Blunt, author of award-winning novel Full Cycle