Jody is the 18-year-old daughter of Rick and Sonia Pettit. She decides to leave home without telling anyone why or where she was going. Her family has police and friends out looking for her, to no avail. This wears on the family.
It's been seven years. Her father develops a heart condition and dies. Her brother has become rebellious, and her mother keeps praying, hoping for Jody's return.
Meanwhile, the story reveals Jody living in Sydney, Australia. She is divorced, has twins and just lost her job and has no choice but to go back home. She wonders how her family will receive her.
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A powerful short story packed full of love, hope, heartbreak and a strong message on forgiveness.
At age 18 Jody Pettit leaves home without saying goodbye to her family, why she is leaving or where she is going. After several years with no contact at all with her family Jody finds herself divorced, no job and twins to raise. She wants to return home but wonders how her family will receive her. Jody has no idea what her leaving home all those years ago has done to her family.
I recommend you read this Christmas story and see what happens in the lives of the Pettit family.
I read it through in a very short time and really enjoyed it.
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This short story is a wonderful way to start the Christmas season. It is a story full of human emotion and the struggles this life can challenge us with. The lesson throughout the story is that all things are possible through God's grace. This is a "feel good" story that lifts the spirits and keeps you encouraging the main character to persevere and not give up. It is a great book for a short respite from our busy lives.
Christmas has arrived once again, and Sonia Pettit prays she will find her daughter back home with her family. Seven years earlier Jody left home with no explanation aside from a brief note stating that she needed her own space. She left behind her mother, father and 15-year-old brother who were devastated, having no idea where she might be or if she would return. Grief totally consumed her father, eventually leading to his death attributed to a broken heart. Her mother has prayed daily for Jody's return, and every Christmas her highest hope is to see her daughter walk up the sidewalk to the front door. Her brother, however, retreated into his own world of video games, eventually going to college where his last year has been spent partying and drinking. His feelings toward his missing sister are bitter and unforgiving. Experiencing the effects Jody's leaving had on the family over the years he is angry that his mother would even hope for her return. When Jody's life crumbles around her she wonders if her family would welcome her home after all this time. This story is based on hope, forgiveness and grace surrounding the selfish acts of a self-indulgent daughter.
Mary Ann Diorio has written a short story of a family consumed with anguish over the absence of their only daughter. The characters in this story are a bit under developed due to the brevity of the story, but it's a heartwarming story of hope that is based on a mother's capacity to forgive. This is a great little Christmas story that can be read in an evening relaxing beside a fire with a hot cup of cocoa. Hope, forgiveness and grace shine through in difficult family circumstances.
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This is a great book that touches the tough subject of forgiveness. The author Maryann Diorio had me crying before I was half way through, this book will definitely touch your heart and spirit. Seven long years ago Jody left without a word to anyone; it was like she dropped off the face of the earth. Her disappearance has caused her parents and brother endless pain and grief. Sonia Pettit her mother goes from being full of anger to wanting her back home no matter what. Her father passed away from a broken heart. And her brother Ben is angry turning to alcohol for comfort. Jody's world has been turned upside down. Her husband has divorced her, she has twins to raise alone and she was just been fired from her job. She regrets leaving and not having any contact with her family and wonders if they would welcome her and the twins back into their lives. Jody must travel half way across the world to find answers. Will her family welcome her back with open arms or will anger and resentment get in the way? You will need to read this 5 star to see for yourself. The author did a wonderful job describing the pain and emotions that come from the pain of hurt and un-forgiveness. I would like to thank the author, Maryann Diorio and publisher Pelican Book Group for bringing good clean Christian books like this one to readers like me. I would also like to thank The Book Club Network Inc. for providing me with this book in exchange for my honest review.