Faith, Family, Love and Reviews

A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnn Diorio

on December 18, 2012

About the Book:

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?
About the Author:
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.
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My Opinion:
This was a very short book – only 53 pages – but what it lacks in pages it more than makes up for in the story.  The reader meets Jody after she’s lost her job and while not much information is given as to why she left home, it’s easy to infer what did happen – so after a job loss and a husband that abandons her and their children she faces the reality that she must go home…..after seven long years.  As a mom I can only imagine how hard it would be to not hear a word from a child for seven long years and perhaps that is why this book spoke to me.
After returning home Jody is given some terrible news, of which she didn’t expect and is faced with a very angry brother.  Like most Christmas novellas this one ties it all up fairly neatly, with a happily ever after ending – but that’s what I like, I didn’t want to read a book with the family completely falling apart especially at Christmas time, so if you’re looking for a quick to read but happy Christmas themed book then A Christmas Homecoming is one to get.
You can read what other readers thought by going to the Litfuse Landing Page.
**Disclaimer:  I was provided a copy of this e-book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion, no other compensation was given.

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