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Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Christmas Homecoming by Maryann Diorio


My Thoughts:

What would you do if your child intentionally disappeared one day?  No warning and no explanation.  Just gone.  A Christmas Homecoming delves into the heavy topics of family and forgiveness.  It really made me think about my life and how harboring anger and negative feelings is like a cancer to everyone involved.  The holidays are not always a happy time but each of us has the ability to extend grace, if we are willing.  The characters in the story are very real and easy to identify with.  The despair felt by the mother had me in tears as she called out to the Lord for help and guidance.  Thankfully, I've never had a loved one disappear but I have questioned my faith and wondered why God "allows" bad things to happen to good people.   At the end of the book you are left with the message that the choices we make in life very often effect those around us- so be careful to choose wisely.  A Christmas Homecoming is precious and the theme is one of hope.  It would be a nice addition to your Christmas reading.

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{More about A Christmas Homecoming}

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?


{More About MaryAnn Diorio}

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio loves God, people, children, and dogs, in that order. She also is passionate about story and its power to transform the human heart. Dr. MaryAnn, as she is affectionately called, writes compelling fiction that deals with the deepest issues of life. She is Adjunct Online Professor of Fiction Writing for Regent University and coaches writers on their journey to publication. MaryAnn and her husband Dominic are the blessed parents of two wonderful daughters and a fantastic son-in-law.
Find out more about MaryAnn at http://maryanndiorio.com/.




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*I was given an ebook version of A Christmas Homecoming by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

6 comments:

Tristan said...

that sounds like an intense book!!

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Dear Lori,

Thanks so very much for your generous review of my book, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. I deeply appreciate your taking the time to read it and to comment on it.

Blessings for a Merry Christmas!

MaryAnn Diorio

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Hi, Tristan,

A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING is an intense book. I trust the happy ending will uplift you.

Merry Christmas!

MaryAnn

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Hi, Tristan,

A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING is an intense book. I trust the happy ending will uplift you.

Merry Christmas!

MaryAnn

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...
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MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Sorry for the duplicate commemts. My computer was not cooperating and then changed its mind. :)

MaryANn