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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Love’s Perfect Surrender by Chiara Talluto relates the woes of Antoinette and Vito’s marriage, and their dreams of having a family. They experience many disappointments, along with occasional joy, and eventually embark on the path to parenthood. After much longing they are blessed with little Isabella. She changes their lives completely with her determination and her sparkling personality. Her handicap does not deter her in exploring life and loving relationships. She teaches her parents just as much as they do her. Time passes and her sparkling spirit enables Antoinette and Vito to overlook their abysmal opinion of each other. Can they begin to let go of antagonism and unrealistic expectations?
This is a beautifully written story that highlights the damage that can be caused by hateful thinking, but also reveals what amazing changes can occur when there is an attitude change. Forgiveness and perseverance are key, and this tale exhibits the many emotions felt in the process of rebuilding relationships, while growing in the role of parents of a physically challenged child. Isabella is a delightful child, who brings new life into her parents’ lives. Definitely a tear-jerker.
I truly enjoyed this story. I fell in love with Isabella and Antoinette. I could cheerfully have strangled Vito at times, but he eventually learns how blessed he is to have a wife such as Antoinette. In other words - he grows up. The difficulties they experienced throughout their marriage could justify some of the damage within their marriage, but more than that, they learn a great deal from the time they become Isabella’s parents. Her spirit grows within their hearts, as they learn acceptance, patience and forgiveness. A beautiful story that proves love really does overcome all adversity, if you allow it into your heart. I highly recommend this book for all ages.