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This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese
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In “This thing of ours,” Cammy Franseze, the wife of Michael Franseze, a once-prominent mobster who, in the mid-eighties, walked away from his mafia life only to serve two terms in jail—details her mafia marriage and the impact it had on her faith.

Even though this book had a lot of religious overtones, as Michael struggles to move past his criminal world background and Cammy feels that they’re being put to a test, I picked up this book largely because I was interested in the mafia angle.

While Cammy meets Michael as a young twenty-year-old dancer, by dancing in a movie he’s executive producing in the mid-eighties, at the time she has no idea of his true background. What she does see is women throwing themselves at him, and Michael’s deep pockets. Neither of which lead her to him. Cammy sees herself as coming from a poor family, and having little in common with this spoiled player. Michael, on the other hand, enjoys the challenge he sees in her and pursues their relationship.

They have a quick and passionate relationship, get married, Cammy gives birth, and then the trouble starts. Apparently Michael’s money have come about unlawfully. And police is pursuing Michael, with the FBI knocking at their house. And thus starts the real test of their marriage.

If you like reading about relationships and faith, this book might interest you. But if, like me, you were reading it purely to get the mafia angle, then you might be disappointed. Even Cammy admits that she still doesn’t know the entire story behind Michael’s former life, and thus focuses the book on telling her side of the story—a wife forced to see the results of her mobster husband’s criminal lifestyle, without seeing the criminal lifestyle itself

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