Astrid Nicosia was a parishioner when I was the Vicar at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chicopee, MA. (1980-1984). She, born in Norway, was a delightful, sweet, gracious and deeply intuitive woman.
Her husband Dominic Nicosia was born in Sicily. He was a bit gruff. But he had a nice and wry sense of humour.
The Lord alone knows how and when a Norwegian woman would marry a Sicilian man!
My beloved mother met Astrid on one of Mum’s visits from the U.K. to the U.S.A. These two fabulous women “hit it off” immediately.
Michael and Cindy Tourville also attended St. Christopher’s. They were then a young and fairly newlywed couple, with two young sons.
As it happens, they lived right next door to Dominic and Astrid.
Twenty eight years later, Michael Tourville has written an affectionate and moving account of his (and Cindy’s), mysterious and grace-filled encounters with Astrid.
It’s a fabulous tale, one that gives me Goosebumps as I remember the fabulous Astrid.
Here is the publishers “blurb” re Michael Tourville’s book:
A Promise to Astrid
By Michael K. Tourville
A true story of a woman with an extraordinary gift, and a greater purpose that’s not immediately evident. A car accident leaves a family in a predicament, and triggers a series of remarkable events. When their elderly neighbor Astrid comes into the picture, everything changes. It’s the least of the family’s expectations that her involvement will impact the rest of their lives. Astrid seems to have all the answers and promptly sets her plan into action. With wisdom, intuition, and maybe a little bit of help from above, she makes everything turn out just right. But that was only the beginning….
A very engaging narrative, this surely is one of those inspirational stories that shouldn’t be missed. Emotional, humorous, and a little bit mysterious, it’s a short story well worth reading. Some things you just can’t explain. There are bigger things at work, beyond our understanding. Accept them with trust, and be grateful. And have faith that good things will happen.
The book is self published via
(Go to Bookstore and then enter Tourville in the Search feature).
It’s just the book to purchase as a gift to that person in your life who has everything, yet needs something more.