THE WILLOWS OF CORONA by Maria Hilda Piñon

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"The accidental death of her father, a prominent citizen of Corona, leaves Victoria Moreno full of doubt, questions and anger. Suicide rumors heighten her grief. Why would her father, a devout Catholic kill himself? Was the death accidental? Struggling to cope with his actions, the 17-year old, finds solace in the inspiring and calming presence of Father John Collins rather than Ricardo, her betrothed childhood match. The bond between Victoria and Father John strengthens and evolves into a deep friendship riddled with confusion, complications, challenged beliefs and the discovery of a compelling, tender and sensual love that holds them captive and others in consternation. With mounting passion, they strive to reconcile the desires of the heart, mind and soul as they struggle with a culture defined by duty, tradition and religion, and a family saga steeped in secrets, guilt and greed. This is a strong, human story of a panorama of relationships of real people with hopes and fears that brings out the magic and beauty within us all besides the dark secrets that haunt us. Will their love prevail or will “duty and reputation” dictate its course? The intrigue entwines the relationship of an imperfect mankind to something higher, as it poses difficult questions, defies convention, and yet affirms age-old truths. Moving, original and provocative the tale turns and twists deepening our understanding of the vicissitudes of our humanity.
Set in South Texas, in cinematic, vibrant and imaginative settings, the Texas/Hispanic culture gives the narrative its direction. Heartbreaking and soaringly uplifting, The Willows of Corona is told with candor, sensitivity and a perceptive observation as it treads delicately in one of the more complex paths of life."

About Maria Hilda Piñon

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Maria Hilda Pinon is a native of South Texas. Born in the Texas border city of Laredo, she currently resides in San Antonio, Texas. She is in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist, and has an educational background in nursing, spiritual direction, life coaching and psychology with a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. In the areas of health and psychology, she conducts workshops and is adjunct faculty at the community college. Involvement in ministerial programs for over thirty-five years include, pastoral programs, religious education, jail ministry, mission work in Latin America, and television production. For ten years she produced, wrote and hosted the program of Prismas Culturales on Catholic Television of San Antonio (CTSA) as well as the production of the program entitled Caminando Mano a Mano featured on national television for three years (EWTN). The Willows of Corona is her first novel. Other publications include Candles in the Dark...Poems to grieve, hope and love again.
Published March 9, 2012 by AuthorHouse. 239 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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