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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?


Rightfully Ours deals with the virtue of chastity head on; yet in a manner that would make any teen want to be like Rachel and Paul. These two characters serve as excellent role models for teenagers coming to grips with burgeoning love and sexual desire, contrasted against all that they have been taught concerning morals and virtue.”

“A keen observer, Astfalk soaks her written pages with reality. Rightfully Ours, like her other romance novels appeals to the senses. You can smell the baking cookies and feel the bite of a January freeze. Her understanding of human emotions transports her readers into the minds of her characters as they experience blessings in the guise of disasters and conflicts.”

Author note: This story was inspired by a newspaper clipping about possible gold treasure lost during the Civil War as it was transported across Pennsylvania on its way to the Philadelphia Mint. I held onto that clipping for a couple of years before I worked it into this story that ended up being about buried treasure, both literal and figurative. I think deep down, most of us dreamed of discovering buried treasure at some point. I know I sure did!

Please note that although this is a YA novel with Catholic themes, there is some mild swearing.