Wednesday, September 14, 2016
God Bless Us Everyone
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 thoughts: This novella is a fun way to get ready for the holiday season! (though, I am not really ready to get into the Christmas spirit just yet. I do enjoy listening to Christmas carols year round, so I suppose reading this book isn't that different. lol. And, I still enjoyed it, despite the a/c still running) It is the sweet, modern day story of a young woman who's life begins to parallel Charles Dickens A Christmas Story. I loved the themes of love, forgiveness, and learning to live in the present, despite change.
I received this book from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review.