New Catholic Novel Spotlights Human Trafficking



Most Highly Favored Daughter, the fourth novel by Janice Lane Palko, examines sibling rivalry while set against Pittsburgh’s first time hosting the Super Bowl.

Palko was inspired to write a novel pitting a pair of sisters against each other in rivalry for their father’s affection while completing coursework studying the sister relationship. At the same time, her increasing awareness of the enormous problem of human sex trafficking spurred her desire to address this horrendous problem in a book. Initially, she intended to set the novel in a larger metropolitan area such as New York or Washington, but her readers spoke and urged her to set the novel in her hometown of Pittsburgh.


A freelance writer, Palko previously interviewed Dr. Mary Burke, a professor at Carlow University and the founder of the Project to End Human Trafficking, for an article, and from that interview, Palko was convinced that her book should be set in Pittsburgh because many people falsely assume that human trafficking is confined to larger cities not smaller ones like Pittsburgh.

The novel tells the tale of the Hawthorne sisters–Cara and Sophia. Cara Hawthorne, the elder sister, has it all, that is, until she inexplicably awakens naked in a strange hotel room the morning after being honored with the Mother Teresa medal by the Diocese of Pittsburgh for her charitable work. When an envelope arrives containing despicable photos framing her with a heinous crime, her charmed life begins to crumble, jeopardizing her reputation, her marriage, and ultimately her life.

As she and private investigator Jake Gold battle to prove her innocence, they unearth shocking revelations about the city she serves, the people she loves, and her beautiful reckless sister, Sophia, the celebrity diva. Set during Pittsburgh’s first time as host of the Super Bowl, Most Highly Favored Daughter scores big with those who like their suspense served Pittsburgh style.


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About the Author: In addition to Most Highly Favored Daughter, Janice Lane Palko is the author of Cape Cursed, another romantic suspense, St. Anne’s Day, a romantic comedy, and A Shepherd’s Song, a Christmas romance. All but Cape Cursed are set in Pittsburgh. She has been a writer for 20 years, and has taught several classes at the local community college. Palko is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. She is at work on her next novel, a romantic comedy titled Our Lady of the Roses.

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