September 17, 2016

God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson - Review

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review

Published: September 6, 2016
Number of pages: 224
Genre: Christian Fiction

Charlene Dixon---called Charlie by family and friends---is devastated at the recent loss of her job.

For the last five years, the twenty-seven-year-old has blossomed as the activities director of an exclusive all-girls school. But when a misunderstanding with the headmistress leads to a pink slip right before the holidays, Charlie packs up her dreams and returns to her grandmother, Sis, who raised Charlie as her own in the mountains of North Carolina.

When Charlie arrives---broken and confused---Sis immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school's Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. Charlie prickles at working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher and her old crush from schooldays, but is even more put out at that the choice of the Dickens' classic for the holiday performance. When she discovers her estranged father's involvement her world turns on its head once more. But when Sis and Dustin encourage her to take a deeper look at the story behind A Christmas Carol, Charlie learns about trust, faith, and forgiveness and the needs of people in their own community.

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What did I think of this book:
I thought this was a nice book that will help to get you in the mood for the holidays, but at the same time is fitting to be read at any time of the year. It is not just about holidays but so much more. I felt so bad for Charlie when she looses her job right before the holidays, what can be more devestating. Instead of watching her mope about her grandmother has other plans to get her out of the funk. So Charlie starts working on the Christmas play for the local school. While working on the play Charlie works through many emotions. I like how the author began each chapter with a part of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. This book was a modern telling of the story. If you like A Christmas Carol then you will enjoy this book. Also this is a very short book that can be read in one day or a weekend. A touching story.

About the author:
Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of The Road to Testament, Things Left Unspoken, This Fine Life, Chasing Sunsets, Waiting for Sunrise, Slow Moon Rising, and The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd). She is the president of Word Weavers International, Inc., a member of AWSA, ACFW, RWA, the director of Florida Christian Writer's Conference, and the contest director for Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer's Conference. She and her husband make their home in Casselberry, Florida.

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