If It Could Only Be
If It Could Only Be
By Judy Ann Aversano
Love of family and friends is the universal unifier. What is love without forgiveness and redemption? They can’t really be separated and shouldn’t be taken lightly. If Only It Could Be takes you on a journey to explore how love should be, how forgiveness can be given and received, and how redemption can have the power to heal a wounded heart, even after decades of regret.
Set in rural North Carolina, first-time author, Judy Ann Aversano, invites you to experience her world in If Only It Could Be. Join her on the Crazy Aces farm and ranch, and enjoy a cup of coffee with her. All are welcome. No one is turned away, not even a goat!
So come to a place where love of family and friends come first. Let’s have a good time at the annual clam and chicken bake and, most if all, have your heartstrings played with joy and laughter: If Only It Could Be.
Forward written and edited by Dave Romeo.
Testimonials for If It Could Only Be:
"If Only It Could Be is a short, gripping novel about life and coming to terms with one’s past. It is set in rural North Carolina, on the ranch owned by the narrator and her husband. The story revolves around events which arose during the days leading up to the family’s annual chicken and clam bake.
Ms Aversano’s main character has had more than her share of difficult times in life. She is honest and forthcoming about abuse she endured at the hands of her mother while growing up in New York. She suffers from numerous mental health disorders as a result. In an effort to stop the negativity and memories of abuse from affecting her and her two daughters, she writes her mother a letter expressing the need for time and space. This leads to a 20-year estrangement.
During the 20-year hiatus the main character’s life comes together. She has a loving, supportive husband, a wonderful family, close friends, and many assorted pets. Life is good, and her needs complete, or are they? A bond with a parent is a hard thing to break. How does one forgive all the past pains and emotional wounds? Who reaches out first to bridge the divide?
The heroine’s past confronts her when she is contacted by her mother’s attorney. Her mother is on her death bed and has asked to see her. Given the circumstances, the author seems to ask if the reader would grant this wish and extend an open hand and heart in forgiveness. To let someone know that you have truly forgiven them – is that the ultimate gift?
If Only It Could Be is a quick, enjoyable read. You will not want to put it down once you start. So curl up on your couch with a hot beverage and do not forget your tissues. Join Judy on her journey to healing."
- Diane Columbine Gulbrandsen