Book Review: A Christmas Homecoming

20 Dec

Cover2Seven 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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MDiorio-111Dr. 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 Impressions:

The novella, A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnn Diorio, explores forgiveness and reconciliation with a modern twist on the story of the Prodigal Son. Jodie left her family 7 years before to pursue adventure and freedom. With just a note that she was leaving, Jodie left behind a mother, father, and brother baffled by her departure. As days of worry turned into years, bitterness, anger and unforgiveness grew. But the abandonment of a husband and the loss of a job send Jodie back to her family to try to recapture the love she once knew.

A Christmas Homecoming follows closely the parable Jesus tells about a father’s love for his lost son. It is a short, yet heartwarming story, that is a good reminder of the unparalleled love the Father has for us. If you are looking for a quick Christmas read this season, check out A Christmas Homecoming.


To read what other reviewers have to say, click HERE.


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!

Celebrate with MaryAnn by entering to win a Paperwhite Kindle!


One “merry” winner will receive:

  • A Paperwhite Kindle
  • A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnn Diorio

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 22nd. Winner will be announced on 12/23/12 at MaryAnn’s Blog.


2 Responses to “Book Review: A Christmas Homecoming”

  1. MaryAnn Diorio December 21, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Thank you so very much for reviewing my book, A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING. I praise God that my story blessed you. 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    MaryAnn Diorio

    • rbclibrary December 26, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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