A Christmas Homecoming: Short Story - eBook
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Vendor: Harbourlight Books
Publication Date: 2012
Seven Christmases have passed since Sonia Pettit last heard from her daughter Jody. Since Jody's departure, Sonia's world has been turned upside down. Her husband has died of a broken heart, and her son, bitter over his sister's destructive actions, has become rebellious. Her greatest desire is to have her family together at Christmas, but after what Jody has put them all through, can Sonia truly forgive her daughter? Jody Pettit O'Dair ran away to experience a life of adventure and excitement, but since her departure, her world has been turned upside down. She's been abandoned by the man she met and married, lost her job, and is unable to care for her two children. With nowhere else to turn, this prodigal daughter begins the long journey home and prays she will be welcomed after walking away so long ago. Will Jody find forgiveness in the arms of her family as easily as she received it from God?
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is an award-winning, widely published author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She writes compelling fiction that deals with the deep issues of the human heart. MaryAnn's works have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, and journals. She has authored three books for junior high school students as part of the Understanding Literature series for Enslow Publishers. Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, has taught at major writers' conferences and currently teaches fiction writing online for Regent University. MaryAnn is happily married to Dominic, an ER physician. They are the blessed parents of two wonderful grown daughters, Lia and Gina, a beloved son-in-law, Peter, and a precious new granddaughter, Annamarie Joy. Two beautiful Sheltie granddogs round out her fun-loving family. In her spare time, MaryAnn enjoys painting in oils, acrylics, and pastels. She also loves to walk, play the piano, crochet, and make up silly songs to sing with her granddaughter.
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CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas HomecomingJanuary 23, 2017CurledUpWithaBookThe MaritimesAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A beautiful short story very much like the prodigal son in the Bible - a story of brokenness, heartbreak, love, forgiveness and grace! Well worth reading!
debrajane3Bismarck, NDAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful story on forgiveness, anger, hurt andJanuary 20, 2014debrajane3Bismarck, NDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jody 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.
I thank Book Fun through The Book Club Network and Pelican Book Group for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this review.l
DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great christian readDecember 6, 2013DonnaGeorgiaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A 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.
I revceived this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review
memakfEphrata,PAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Christmas MiracleNovember 11, 2013memakfEphrata,PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Story of HopeNovember 6, 2013NanceeGrand Rapids, MichiganAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Christmas 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.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book from Book Fun through The Book Club Network and Pelican Book Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
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