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- Publisher: TopNotch Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2015
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZSCU8SE
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Author: Maryann Diorio
Publisher: TopNotch Press
“There comes a point when you have to let go of the past if you want to live in the present and have hope for the future,” Teresa is told by her mother in Maryann Diorio’s short book, Surrender to Love.
This thin one hundred and twenty-one page paperback targets those that enjoy stories of overcoming the past and moving on to the future with God’s help. With no profanity, violence, or sexual content, the topic of depression and losing a spouse may not be appropriate for immature readers. The English Standard Version of the Bible is referenced. After reviews, acknowledgments, dedication, and an epilogue, twelve chapters contain the story, ending with ten discussion questions, a call to eternal salvation, the author’s biography with advertisements, and two excerpts from other books.
In this current-day novella that begins in New Jersey, five years ago Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez lost her husband of two years. Although the thirty-one-year-old is a life coach, she does not apply the same advice to herself when it comes to moving on with life. Fixated on honoring God by remembering her deceased spouse, she is stuck in a non-existent, loveless life.
When her mother’s best friend invites Teresa to her homeland in Puerto Rico, Teresa is asked to be a life coach for the woman’s thirteen year old depressed granddaughter who still grieves and feels guilty her mother passed away during childbirth. Marcos, the girl’s father, wants to do all he can to help his child.
Learning that the past does not have to equal the future, Teresa and Marcos walk on emotional eggshells as they try to encourage his daughter. However, a romantic bond grows when the two visit Old San Juan and Teresa’s birthplace in Cantano.
Although the short love story is predictable and idealistic, it reminds those who have lost a spouse that God may have a special person waiting for them, filling a void in their lives. Making a nice book for a widow, it shows how love can conquer heartbreaking pain.
Having the trademark of “Truth through Fiction,” author Diorio has written non-fiction, fiction, and children’s books that focus on God. With a Ph.D. in French and Comparative Literature, she lives in New Jersey with her husband.
Thanks to The Book Club Network for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewer’s honest opinion.
Teresa is hesitant to go because she doesn't want to leave her home and is trying to overcome her own emotional turmoil she is having. Her mother tells her, " There comes a point when you have to let go of the past if you want to live in the present and have hope for the future."
Teresa decides to go to Puerto Rico and see if she can help Pilar. Marcos, who is Pilar's father is anxious for Teresa to arrive. His daughter has been unhappy for a long time. It seems she has always blamed herself for her mother's death. Tragically her mother died giving birth to Pilar and the child has carried this guilt for so long, that she can't forgive herself.
I loved how the author used similar situations in each of the characters to show how God can help you overcome loss and open your heart to love again. The story moved at a fast pace since it is a short book, but it has such good values to be learned while reading the story. Isn't it just like God to place people in your path who are going through similar heartaches. The loss of a spouse or parent can be difficult, but when we learn to let go we are able to move forward. The author does a good job of showing when you step out and trust God , he is there to help you and guide you. The book is packed with healing, forgiveness , letting go and learning to love again.
I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
***** 5 Stars
This story involves letting go of the hurt from past losses that weigh on people. It has the message that we can carry forward memories and loyalties to those who have passed on, but at the same time, we can find freedom in God to move forward and release the pain. The characters learn that they can trust God and His good plans. God can act as a springboard out of the pits of despair. He has good plans for His beloved children who put trust and faith in Him.
I liked the author's approach to the seriousness of commitment to marriage. The main character does not want to let go of the love of her life who passed away. She denies herself any possibility of another romantic relationship. God has other plans though. The death of loved ones is dealt with from three different perspectives: a widow who lost her husband; a widower who lost his wife; and, a teenager who lost her mother at childbirth. Any people who have suffered similarly will benefit from reading this book, as will all people who are stuck in the pains of past loss.
The setting, a beautiful resort in Puerto Rico, plays an important role in the healing process. The main character is away from locations which would act as an adherent to past memories. I found this to be a good consideration for those who want to break free from past hurts. I had never thought much about this aspect. I have known a number of widows who continue life in homes shared with their deceased husband. I always thought that to be a sweet attachment to the past, but I can see from reading this that could hinder a person from going forward into God's best plan for their life.
I thank bookfun.org, the author, and the publisher for giving me this ebook in exchange for reading it and posting an honest review. This novella, though short in length, is big on thoughts that will help people processing grief and managing relationships after a death in their family.
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