Jody Pettit leaves home as a runaway. For seven long years no one in her family hears anything from her. No birthday or Christmas cards. No “I’m fine” phone calls. Nothing. Jody misses the death of her father, the father she adored.
Jody’s mom and brother struggle to come to terms with the why of her leaving, when there are no answers. Her brother turns to anger and self-destructive ways. Her mom claims she is fine but everyone knows that really she is very angry.
Jody left not only her home, her town, her state, she left the country. Living abroad, she marries, has 2 children and becomes a widow. When she loses her job she realizes it is time to make a change. She sells or gives away almost all she has. And she heads for home.
How will she be accepted? Will she be accepted? How will her family react to seeing her again on their doorstep? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
The book, A Christmas Homecoming by Maryann Diorio is a short story, easily read in an afternoon if not in one sitting. The plot develops well, the character development is excellent. But the end is just too soon. I was surprised when I read “The End” on the page because I felt nothing had been resolved. There was no resolution to the conflict. How did Sonia, her mom, work through the anger she felt at her daughter for leaving? How did her brother learn to forgive? What about Jody? How did she work through the feelings and fears involved in returning home?
All-in-all, it’s a good book, it just ends weird and abruptly.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of review.