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Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
The Ninth Sphere by Joseph F. Sciuto is a fantastic novel about a relatively older man hunted by regrets and faded dreams and whose life changes when he meets an orphaned little girl. Joseph Caggiano, or Joe, lives alone in Studio City, Los Angeles. While he is sitting on a bench watching youngsters play basketball, he gets interrupted by a dirty nine-year-old girl called Bee, who confesses to him that she ran away from her abusive foster parents. Bee convinces Joe not to contact the authorities, and as they spend time talking, Joe learns enough about her miserable condition, and he decides to help her. Thus, because of Bee, Joe's existence takes on a new meaning and purpose that he had not felt since he was a kid in the Bronx, surrounded by his loving family.
The Ninth Sphere by Joseph F. Sciuto is a truly fantastic novel that explores regrets, forgotten dreams, redemption, and fulfillment. Sciuto has skillfully crafted a touching story inspired by Dante's Ninth Sphere. It's beautiful and inspiring as it reminds us of the impact of the past on our present and why we should never let past regrets dictate the rest of our lives. It's also a hopeful story that assures us it is never too late to make a difference and that we can create our own heaven on earth once life gives us the opportunity to free ourselves from regrets and guilt. Sciuto impresses nicely with his ability to expose the protagonist's past and depth of character. The Ninth Sphere leaves readers believing in the power of healing.