** “God, he understands the cries of a broken heart. He’s been there. … Yep, I think God is a big enough God that he can take a little rantin’ and ravin’ from us. He knows your heart, son, and he loves you more than you can ever love him back. He knows this is somethin’ you’re gonna need to wrestle with a bit. … You just keep on wrestlin’, you hear? Can’t promise you’ll get your answer but it’s in the wrestling that we learn to surrender.” **
Mike Dellosso steps away from his usual supernatural thriller fare with his latest novel, “A Million Miles From Home,” a heart-wrenching story of resentment, redemption and restoration.
Benjamin and Annie Flurry have been in love since they were 13. Both fleeing abusive homes, they leave North Carolina and begin their married life in Pennsylvania. After having their miracle baby, Lizzy, life is good. Ben loves his job with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Annie delights in homeschooling their daughter.
But that all comes to a crashing halt one night when a terrible accident takes the life of Annie and severely crushes Lizzy’s legs. To pick up the pieces, Ben is forced to move back home to North Carolina. Will Lizzy be able to heal physically and will they both be able to heal their hearts? And will Ben be able to redeem the relationship with his formerly abusive father?
“A Million Miles From Home” is a deeply emotional novel, filled with very real and raw moments as Ben and Lizzy deal with the grief and loss of their wife and mother. This story shows how each person deals with impending storms differently, and what we can learn from each other’s responses. It reminds us that suffering is, unfortunately, a part of life, but that God has a plan for us; sometimes it feels like God has abandoned us, but He is always there; we can choose to either run to or away from God during difficult times; the importance of forgiveness; and the image of being made new.
Dealing with the storms of life is a major theme, and Dellosso reminds us that God will always walk us through those storms.
Written in a reminiscent tone, like your friend is telling you his story while rocking on the front porch, the story switches back and forth between the present and situations in Ben’s past. Besides the lovable Ben, Annie and Lizzy, Dellosso writes some great characters, including the amazingly supportive Tom, the hospital’s maintenance worker Ben meets after the accident and who basically becomes a member of the family. Dellosso writes his characters with very real, relatable flaws.
Even though this story is very different from Dellosso’s usual offerings, “A Million Miles From Home” is an incredible novel that will wrench your gut and make you wonder how’d you get through a similar situation.
Fans of authors like Nicholas Sparks, Richard Paul Evans, Jodi Picoult and even Billy Coffey will enjoy this novel.
Five stars out of five.
After suffering tragic loss, Ben Flurry must confront the past and his own grief to become the father his child needs.
Ben and Annie Flurry have the perfect family, until an accident takes Annie's life and leaves their daughter severely injured. Now Ben struggles to come to terms with his own grief and guilt.
As the past he tried to leave behind threatens all he holds dear, Ben makes the difficult decision to move back to his childhood home to seek the help of his mother — and the father he remembers as abusive and an alcoholic. His mother claims his father is a changed man, but Ben isn't so sure. Can he find the strength to be the dad and man his father never was? Or will the wounds of the past ruin Ben's chance to love again?
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About the Author
Mike Dellosso has authored more than a dozen novels. His books are well-known for their pulse-pounding pace and soul-stirring depth. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and five daughters.