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.
Jody left her family seven years ago with a small note. Her family had no idea that she was not happy. Her absence from their lives leaves her father heartbroken. He dies of heartache. Her mother deals with the loss of both of them the best she can. Her brother, Ben is angry and bitter. Ben makes some mistakes in his life but finally comes full circle to the family.
Jody returns home with her two children. She hopes that her family will forgive her and allow her to be apart of the family again.
This book was short but so full of promise. I was given this book for free for my honest review by bookfun.org
I truly believe that books don't have to be too long to get their message across to the reader. Especially at this time of the year where we often have very little time to do anything but last minute shopping, work so we can pay the bills, and spend the evenings with family. That's why I love it when you find an exceptional book you can squeeze in and still get something magical out of it. The Christmas season is more that just gift giving and the hustle and bustle of life, it's about coming to realize what's really important. It the season of hope and believing that the world in general will be a much better place if only for this time.
In A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnne Diorio, we get that sense once we reach the end of the book. It begins with heartache, loneliness and death for a family facing what most would considered unimaginable odds. Sonia Pettit is still going through dealing with the recent death of her husband and all the things that often went unsaid. As with most circumstances dealing with death, it drives a family apart as each of them tries to find their own way to cope and move into a new sense of normal. Her son, Ben is becoming increasingly distant and bitter, her daughter Jody has left her family unexpectedly and without any logical reason and now resides more than a half a world away. Now with Christmas coming is there any way for this family after seven long years to find a way to reunite and find the love that held them together at one point or has too much time simply passed and allowed them all to become different people?
I received A Christmas Homecoming compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. At this time, this book is only available in ebook format and I am hopeful that this will soon become a print book after all the wonderful reviews. This is truly the story of unconditional love, forgiveness and hope that can become yours no matter how difficult any situation is that you are currently facing. This is the true message behind the Christmas season and I believe that MaryAnn Diorio did an exceptional job at bringing this to the conclusion to this short story. It would be the equivalent of about 53 print pages and just perfect for settling down with a warm cup of cocoa by the fire for some inspirational reading this Christmas. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and look to more by this wonderful author.
I was excited to finally read a novella from Harbourlight Books. I had been told about this publisher and I was not disappointed.
This little e-book was a short story but it was such fun to read. I enjoyed sitting down in one sitting and finishing it.
The book begins with a broken relationship of a mother and daughter which began when Jody the daughter decides to leave home and move to Australia. She was hoping to find freedom and excitement but was left with a broken heart and two children to raise on her own. She had no place to turn but to return home. Would she be accepted or rejected?
What I enjoyed about this book was the clear gospel message and the powerful story of forgiveness. No matter how difficult our journey may be~ forgiveness is always the way home and the way of recovery.