When young widow and life coach Dr. Teresa Lopez Gonzalez goes to Puerto Rico to coach Pilar Sanchez, the granddaughter of her mother’s best childhood friend, Teresa comes face-to-face with her own unwillingness to surrender to God’s will for her life. In the process, she learns that only by losing her life will she truly find it.
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio earned her PhD in French from the University of Kansas and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She is a diplomate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and has won numerous writing awards. A widely published author, Dr. Diorio has taught writing at Rowan University and Regent University. Her stories for children have appeared in several magazines. MaryAnn and her husband are blessed with two daughters, a son-in-law, and a granddaughter. When not writing, MaryAnn enjoys painting, reading, and composing silly songs for children. You may reach MaryAnn at email@example.com or at http://www.maryanndiorio.com.
Surrender to Love by MaryAnn Diorio is a novella-length book that is long on romance and spiritual truths. Diorio transports her main character and her readers to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, rich with heady scents and vibrant colors. The story centers around Dr. Teresa Gonzalez, a life coach who has lost her way after her husband’s death five years before. She travels to Puerto Rico to help the young daughter of a family friend, but she soon confronts her own problems that have kept her from living for so long. Because of its length, there is not much time for character development and the action progresses very quickly. But Surrender to Love does have its feet firmly planted in the truths of God’s plans for His people, and the freedom one experiences when surrendering to Him. This one was a very quick read. I was able to complete it during a lazy Sunday afternoon. For those who want a sweet, sweet romance with characters dedicated to God, this book is sure to appeal.
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(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)