Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“You’ll know, Ruby. Your boys will scatter across the country chasing their dreams, and as painful as it may be, you’ll want them to live their own lives.”
Eighty-year-old Innocenzia Bellarosa hasn’t been well, but she perks up when her CEO son, Ray, calls to let her know he’ll be stopping by to visit before Christmas Eve. Yet, while Ino and her home health aid, Ruby, prepare dinner for Ray’s visit, love during the holiday extends to more than just family in Ino’s Love, a tale by author Marianne Sciucco.
This short Christmas story is perfect for when you have a little time–and a little Kleenex, just in case. I saw much of what was coming in the story, but watching it unfold still tugged at my heartstrings anyway.
While some little bits seem to unnecessarily state (or repeat?) the obvious, the tale doesn’t shy away from taking an honest look at human nature. In a situation that’s pretty wrong, Ino is pretty right (that’s what tears me up!), and she finds a way to still make Christmas, Christmas.
A quick and bittersweet read that ultimately made me smile, even if I might’ve been teary.