Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Author: MaryAnn Diorio

Welcome to the blog tour for MaryAnn Diorio’s Christmas novella, A Christmas Homecoming (Harbourlight Books-The Pelican Book Group). MaryAnn is celebrating with a Christmas Kindle Giveaway!Read the reviews and then visit the book link and grab a copy of the book for JUST .99!
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My Take:
3.5 Stars!
This book is a short, 53 page christian novella that is perfect for this season's celebration! The main focus of this story is about forgiveness. This short story takes place during Christmas, which couldn't be a better time for the subject matter. It addresses the age-old question of whether when a child of any age returns home after leaving on not so good circumstances, whether or not they will be forgiven upon return.
This is a story about Jody, a daughter who disappeared from her home one day for no rhyme or reason, according to her distraught parents, and is still gone seven years later. Her mother and father didn't know if foul play had happened, if she's alive, if she just left on her own, if her boyfriend forced her to leave, or anything. Every Christmas her mother wishes and prays for her safe return home. Her father ended up never recovering, and dies of a broken heart. There are so many unanswered questions about what really happened and why she just disappeared.
Jody ran away from home with a man she was in love with and moved to Australia. Now, a single mom with two children of her own to support, she has decided it is time to move back to her parents home, to make a homecoming,  and ask her parents for forgiveness. She does not know if her family will accept and forgive her for disappearing or not, but she has hope to hold onto. 
I really enjoyed this story. It made me hope Jody's parents would forgive her, but I kind of guessed they would as most parents would always embrace a child on their return back home no matter what. Her parents seemed like the type of people who would forgive her right away, accept her father who her disappearance took a toll on, and he ended up dying.
Jody was so worried about whether or not this return would turn out well, or if they could even forgive her for what she put them through. She felt this way her entire journey home.
This story takes place during one of the best times of the year for parents, and that is Christmas. A time of their children's joy, hope, and of all things, forgiveness, if need be.
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About the Author:  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.
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much, Laurie, for taking the time to review and comment on my book, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. I'm so glad you enjoyed my story.

    Blessings for a Merry Christmas!

    MaryAnn Diorio


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