Thursday, September 15, 2016

God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson

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 head-mistress 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 was a nostalgic yet contemporary Christmas themed romance with a focus on redemption and forgiveness. 

It was fun to read, and I truly enjoyed it. The last book I read had complicated themes, so this little Christmas novella was like crisp white snow on a sunny winter's morning— all full of sparkles. The story moved quite quickly. After all, there was only about a month from start to finish. Because it was only a month, the romance wasn't very believable to me, but hey— my grandma and grandpa married after knowing each other only 3 weeks. Yes. They lived their lives together until death do us part. So, if you factor in the magic of the Christmas season, the romance becomes more believable.

I must admit I was a little disconcerted with the names of two of the main characters and stumbled over them a bit. The main character is Charlie—a woman. The grandmother is Sis. Charlie's name was explained, and made some sense, as the story progressed. Why grandma was Sis? Who knows. Small price to pay for an engaging, light, happy story.

Read this one if you just want to relax. It will be a great holiday novella to enjoy with your cocoa and slippers. 

Feel free to start your Merry Christmas whenever you're ready!

On September 22, 2016, I received this reply to my review from Eva Marie Everson.

"Thank you, Laura! And I can answer you about "Sis." Years ago, the precious grandmother of friends of mine lived behind my home. They were deeply Southern and they called their grandmother "Sis." I think perhaps because she was just so much fun! More like a "Sis" than a grandmother. I used the title "Sis" to honor her memory.

Thank you again and Merry Christmas!

Eva Marie Everson

Meet the Author
Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author ofThe Road to TestamentThings Left UnspokenThis Fine Life,Chasing SunsetsWaiting for SunriseSlow 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 was sent a sample of this product for review purposes only. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own based on my experience with this product. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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1 comment:

  1. Laura, I couldn't agree more. The magic of Christmas performs many a miracle, and isn't believing in that capacity, part of the miracle? I'll read the book for sure. Thankyou! Mimi xxx


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