Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Book Review: "God Bless Us Everyone," by Eva Marie Everson

About the book:
God Bless Us Every One
by Eva Marie Everson
Contemporary Christmas Novella
Abingdon Press

A timeless classic can change the future.

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 dreams and returns to Grandma Esther, who raised Charlie as her own.

When Charlie arrives -- broken and confused -- Esther immediately puts her granddaughter to work behind the scenes of the local school's Christmas play, A Christmas Carol. When Charlie disapproves of having to work with Dustin Kennedy, the seventh-grade English teacher, Grandma Esther encourages her to take a deeper look at why the book by Charles Dickens had been written in the first place and what the book could teach Charlie about the needs of the children in their own community.

My thoughts:
This is a quick read at 200 pages. I read it over a weekend! The book description fails to disclose a major plot line that focuses on Charlie's relationship with her father. Charlie was raised by her grandmother because her parents were involved with drugs and sent to jail. So, needless to say, when her grandmother tells her that her father wants back into their lives and that he's now drug-free and running a homeless shelter, Charlie has a hard time believing it. Will she ever be able to trust the father who loved drugs more than his daughter? Is he sincere in wanting a father/daughter relationship with her? This is really the Christmas "story" in God Bless Us Every One -- one of forgiveness, family and healing. These themes will have readers examining their own family relationships during the holiday season.

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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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission if a purchase is made through this link.

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