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 doesn't always like working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher, but Sis encourages her to take a deeper look at why the book by Charles Dickens had been written in the first place and what it could teach Charlie about the needs of people in their own community.
I love a good Christmas book at anytime during the year :) It doesn't have to be the Christmas season for me to enjoy it, so I was really looking forward to God Bless Us Every One. The cover is pretty and peaceful, and I'm a fan of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens so what could go wrong?
Well, the story seemed really disjointed to me. While this is a stand-alone novel (there are more to this series I guess) I felt lost a lot, and not because there are more books either before or after, but because some things just kind of got skipped over. I read a review that said this was a novella, which would explain the pacing of the story, but at 224 pages it seemed long enough for a full length novel, and I didn't think it flowed well.
The romance, while there, was not the main point of this story. That bummed me out a little bit. Everything just fell into place. No conflict between the characters, they just reunited and that was that.
I did enjoy learning more about Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. The theme of forgiveness is always good to read about as well.
Do I see myself reading this again or recommending it to my book reading friends? Sadly, no.
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Title: God Bless Us Every One
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Published: September 2016
Source: I received a copy from LitFuse Publishing in exchange for an honest review.