Sure to put you in the mood for Christmas: "God Bless Us Every One" by Eva Marie Everson

God Bless Us Every One

about the book...

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.
my review...

I have to admit that I love Christmas so much that I start humming Christmas tunes in July, much to my family's chagrin; so, when I saw that this latest book from Everson was Christmas themed, I was indeed ready to dive in! "God Bless Us Every One" is just what you are looking for to put you in the mood for Christmas, as the story will surely warm your heart with its themes of forgiveness and grace. I quite like the main character, Charlie, who instantly earned my sympathy as she loses her job and has to return home feeling unsettled as to what the future holds. I love how the author throws in lots of twists and turns that end up bringing so much good out of that difficult experience, showcasing the Biblical truth that God can bring good out of the bad! Readers who love romance will appreciate the relationship that blossoms between Charlie and Dustin, and the author uses just the right touch in setting the scene between them. The dialogue between them is witty and moved the story forward well, often in a fun manner. But perhaps the scenes I most enjoyed in the story are those between Charlie and her father, and I think that readers will really be able to relate to the struggles in their relationship and find inspiration in how they move forward. Perhaps things resolve a bit too easily, but for a Christmas-themed novella I would expect nothing less! I closed the final pages of this book with a smile on my face, and wishing that I didn't have to wait 3 more months for Christmas to arrive!

Eva Marie Everson has added yet another solid book to her repertoire, and I encourage you to grab a copy for yourself to get your mind on the wonderful holiday that lies ahead. I award this book a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.

about the author...

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.
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