A Christmas Homecoming weaves a tale of regrets, forgiveness, reconciliation and hope wrapped up in this book by MaryAnn Diorio. It's a great reminder of the reason why we celebrate this Christmas season - Jesus.
Sonia Pettit finds it difficult to prepare for the holidays. Without her husband living anymore, and her daughter missing for the past seven years, it just doesn't seem like Christmas with just her and her son Ben.
Jody Pettit O'Dair has many regrets, the biggest is never letting her family know what happened to her. But now she lives half the world away and there is no hope of ever seeing them again. Besides, why would they want to?
I found this book to be a delightful read, and enjoyed the reminder of the reconciliation we can have with our Lord and Savior.
This book was provided free for review by Pelican Ventures Book Group-Harbourlight Books.
I started this book one evening and finished it the next morning by lunch because I couldn't wait to find out how it would end! Although the beginning of the story is filled with quite a bit of drama and angst, I was pleased to find a happy ending since that is the kind of books I love to read and write. This heart-warming story overflows with forgiveness--both giving and receiving it.
Think of it as a Hallmark movie with so much conflict you are not sure how the author can pull it all together that then culminates with an ending so happy your eyes are filled with tears of joy. And all wrapped up in a nice holiday package on Christmas Day.
If that sounds like the kind of book you'd love to read this Christmas season I hope you will order a copy for yourself and for some friends.
This copy was sent to me by the author who is a friend, but I honestly love this books and its message!
The plot is as old as the Bible. But the setting is today.
Sonia Pettit feels the ache in her heart as she prepares to celebrate the seventh Christmas without her daughter Jody. Thinking she knew best how to live her life, the teenager had run away, leaving only a terse note. The pain had been too much for Sonia's husband. And her son has turned bitter and rebellious.
Sonia struggles with her own bitterness. She so wants to forgive her daughter and be able to welcome her back. But will she ever have the chance?
Jody has created a life for herself in Australia, as far away from her family as she could get. But her world is falling apart. Her marriage has crumbled and she has just lost her job. How can she possibly support her twins?
Is it possible, dare she hope that her family would take her back?
During the holidays you might be pressed for time to read. This little book is a quick read and would be a great choice for a novella you can read in an evening.
It is a heartwarming story of the return of a prodigal. Just the right message for the Christmas season.
I received a complimentary digital file of this book from a publicist for the purpose of this review.
This short story is a great reminder of the Gift we all received on Christmas Day, Jesus, and the purpose for which He came; forgiveness. How many times have we had someone offend us, walk on us, or make us feel flat out rotten? How many times have we been quick to forgive them? Sometimes we fight between what we know is right and how we feel, leaving us on emotional roller-coaster. Unforgiveness can be deadly to our spirits, among other things.
Jody Pettit O'Dair's family has been fighting this battle for seven long years. Although this fight has most certainly taken its toll on each person in her family, they are reminded of God's grace and forgiveness, and how He can use the worst situations to bring the best outcome for all involved.
If you need a little reminder that God is quick to forgive us for all the wrong or hurtful things we have done to others, or if you're in need of a little push to forgive those who have wronged you, I recommend this short story. It is the gentle reminder we all need at one point in our lives or another: To forgive even when we feel it is impossible.
****Thank you Nester | Litfuse Publicity Group for the free eBook in exchange for my honest review.****