- File Size: 1148 KB
- Print Length: 126 pages
- Publisher: TopNotch Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 15, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZSCU8SE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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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.
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!”
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