A Christmas Homecoming
Winner of the Silver Medal in Ebook Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest
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 MaryAnn Diorio (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Author)
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction for both adults and children. Her latest novel, In Black and White, won First Place in Historical Fiction in the 2020 Christian Indie Book Awards Contest. Her novella, A Christmas Homecoming, won the Silver Medal for Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest. Her children's picture book, The Dandelion Patch, won the 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Juvenile Fiction, and her first picture book, Who is Jesus? won a National Indie Excellence Award in the 2014 NIEA Contest.
MaryAnn holds a Ph.D. in French with a concentration in Comparative Literature from the University of Kansas and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. A former university professor, she now writes full-time.
MaryAnn has been married to her wonderful husband Dom, a retired ER physician, for 50 years. They have two amazing adult daughters, a very smart son-in-law, and six rambunctious grandchildren. When not writing, MaryAnn loves to paint, play the piano, and make up silly songs with her grandchildren. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.