Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Christmas Homecoming Blog Tour

Welcome to the blog tour for A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnn Diorio!

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? 
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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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It's Christmastime again, which means sad memories for Sonia Pettit. It's been seven years since her daughter Jody suddenly left home with no explanation. The following years saw the death of Sonia's husband, broken-hearted since Jody left. It's also caused her son to become bitter and jaded. Every year though Sonia hopes against hope that Jody will return, and Sonia is forced turn to God to try and find the peace and forgiveness she needs. Meanwhile Jody is dealing with the consequences of her rash decision to leave. Jody's beginning to wonder if maybe she should try returning home. Can Sonia and Jody manage to make this Christmas different from the last one?

This was a short story, which made it an easy read during this busy holiday season. It had a great story and message. There was a lot of sadness, but also a lot of hope. Sonia wanted nothing more than to see those living members of her family back home with her. Her son's bitterness was sad to read about, but I felt I understood where he was coming from. Jody was an interesting character as well. Her need for freedom led her to a far-off land, and her life had not been better for it. It seemed like she made poor decision after poor decision, and this greatly affected her. 

This book is great to read during the Christmas season. It makes you want to connect with family, especially those that may be far away or estranged. I really felt the Christmas spirit coming through, and in the end I was filled with hope. This book was enjoyable, but it also had meaning and purpose. It will make you feel the spirit of the season as you read it. 

Book provided for review.

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Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour. Thanks for stopping by!

1 comment:

MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA said...

Thank you so very much, Lisa, for taking the time during this busy season to read and review my book, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. I am so glad it blessed you.

Merry Christmas!

MaryAnn Diorio