- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: TopNotch Press; 1 edition (June 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780930037253
- ISBN-13: 978-0930037253
- ASIN: 0930037251
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,538,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Puerto Rico is called “the island of enchantment” and that is what it turned out to be for Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez. Teresa’s trip to the island wasn’t planned. It just sort of came up. As a life coach, Teresa was invited to Puerto Rico by her mother’s longtime friend, Ramona Sanchez. Ramona requested that Teresa coach her granddaughter, Pilar Sanchez, who suffered from the grief of growing up without a mother. Pilar’s father, Marcos Sanchez, was at his wits' end with how to help Pilar, until a ray of hope came in the form of Teresa. However, for Teresa to help, she had to leave her comfort zone, aka New Jersey, where she had been “existing” by throwing herself into her work after the unexpected passing of her husband five years earlier. Once in Puerto Rico, the lives of Teresa, Marcos, and Pilar are thrown together in a way that no one expected.
And that’s where the story really takes off. There were similarities with Teresa, Marcos, and Pilar. Each one had suffered loss, and each one dealt with it in a different way. The common factor of how is expertly woven into a story that combines loss, grief, faith, new beginnings, romance, and a splash of humor, which makes Surrender to Love such a special book. Throw in some breathtaking descriptions of “the island of enchantment” and you have a lovely story that you won’t want to miss.
*****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
Teresa Gonzalez is still holding on to the memory of her husband five years after his death. Her life is at a standstill. But when she is invited to Puerto Rico by a childhood friend of her mother to life coach the woman’s granddaughter, she finds a way to begin life anew, and another chance at love.
Marcos Sanchez had lost his wife in childbirth years ago and has raised his daughter on his own. But Pilar is having problems in her young life, and he is at his wits end to help her. What the girl really needs is a mother. But, for now, the best he can do is hire a life coach who is his mother’s best friend’s daughter who lives in the States. Will she be able to help Pilar heal? Will she be able to help Marcos heal, too?
Holding a Ph.D. and being a life coach herself, MaryAnn Diorio adds authenticity as to how people can benefit from this practice. The descriptive prose she weaves in regarding Puerto Rico, the hotel where she stays, the food all lends to giving the reader a feeling of “being there.” This is a book I recommend to anyone of any age who enjoys sweet romances.
A great read!”
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.