Sunday, June 13, 2010
Beautiful Beginnings and Happy Endings!
Renee Riva’s latest release, Heading Home, draws her readers into the heart of the Digulio family as A.J. discovers that one of the key elements of a lifelong relationship is a love that will anchor your heart and draw you toward home.
Angelina Digulio’s heart has been tenderly tied to Indian Island through a series of letters that Danny has written on behalf of her dog, Sailor, throughout her eight years in Italy. Although the initial reunion with Danny is sweet, at the ages of eighteen and twenty-two, it isn’t long before Danny and A.J. realize that the future of their hearts and the reality of their plans could very possibly take them in very different directions. While Danny explores the possibility of creating a series of summer camps for church groups and introducing a new Indian princess to the island, A.J. begins spending time with the nuns at Our Lady of the Lake in an attempt to fulfill a promise she made to God several years ago. What neither of them realize is that their dreams for the future are more entwined than they could ever believe possible.
Fans of Renee Riva’s Indian Island trilogy will be delighted to be reunited with the colorful cast of characters from the two previous books, Saving Sailor and Taking Tuscany. As Heading Home progresses, all three branches of the extended families collide—Southern, Italian and Greek!—to create a story that will linger tenderly in your heart for a very long time! There are many tense moments as Danny and A.J. sort through their feelings, and there are many holy moments as each of them come before God with their burdens and trust Him with their future. Hilarity also abounds in this story, especially when the Italian and Greek grandmothers come together!
Heading Home is a story about the very best of what it means to be family. This is a story about beautiful beginnings and happy endings! Fans of Renee Riva will add special memories to their reading collection with the final volume of the Indian Island Trilogy.
What people are saying about…..Heading Home
“Riva’s warm, often humorous, and delightful story of first love, loyalties, and complicated promises offers readers a mix of faith and fun wrapped in fiction.”
Gail Welborn, review in Seattle Christian Book Review Examiner
“Heading Home wins a place on my bookshelves that house only titles I plan to read again and again. The humor, the pathos, and the believability of the characters and the plot make Heading Home an absolute delight-enjoyable and unforgettable. Renee deserves high praise for a book that will touch lives and teach tolerance while adhering to strong Christian beliefs.”
Colleen L. Reece, author of 140+ “Books You Can Trust,” six million copies sold
“Quirky characters and infectious humor!”
RT Book Reviews
“Heading Home is the delicious unfolding of A.J.’s tale. Our favorite firecracker of a girl with the fake Southern accent is coming into her own as an adult. Whether A.J. is seeking after God on starlit night, arguing with her Italian American family on the phone, or drifting out on the lake with the cowboy of her drams, Riva takes us on a journey of hilarity, holiness, family fun, and true love. Heading Home made me feel like I came home.”
Susanna Foth Aughtmon, author of All I Need Is Jesus and a Good Pair of Jeans
“Renee Riva’s Heading Home is a touching, satisfying episode in the life of the irrepressible A.J. Degulio. Reader beware! Beginning this book near bedtime may result in daytime drowsiness!”
Sylvia Dorham, author and voice-over artist whose credits include Riva’s Saving Sailor
“A sweet tale of true love, quirky characters, and a girl named A.J. you can’t help but adore. Renee Riva is a gem of an author in Christian fiction. Everyone should have the chance to enjoy her wonderful stories, and Heading Home is a great addition. Viva la famiglia!”
C.J. Darlington, author of Thicker than Blood and cofounder of Title Trakk.com