It’s not quite Christmas in July, but it’s nice to get a little Christmas story in September.
I have enjoyed reading many books written by Eva Maria Everson, starting with the Potluck Club series. It has been fun to watch her develop as an author in a genre that is different from that series. She has grown as a writer with each book that she has written.
When the majority of people think about Christmas, one of the most famous stories comes to mind. Usually, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens sits at the forefront of our minds. It tells the story of Scrooge and the lessons he learned. It’s a classic but is still a bestseller today.
Eva Marie Everson did a beautiful job weavingher story. In fact, sections of the story introduce each chapter. I enjoyed the initial argument that Charlene Dixon makes about not wanting to do a play by Dickens. She thinks it’s old-fashioned and she’d much prefer to do a play that’s more current. Something with remixes and not necessarily classic.
Dustin Kennedy and Charlene have both experienced some traumatic experiences in life. They both have to learn to forgive people in their lives and keep moving forward.
My favorite part in the story is when Charlene begins to realize why she may have an aversion to the classics. I had not thought to weave her revelation into the story like Everson did, but it was fabulous.
So kick off the fall season with a little bit of Christmas fun, or buy it and save it for a nice, short Christmas story.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
God Bless Us Every One (Abingdon Press, September 2016)
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.
EVA MARIE EVERSON
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.
I received this book free from Abingdon Press and Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.