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.
What I thought about the book
This is a rather fun read for me. The all-girls school in which Charlie starts out is located in a part of Florida with which I have been acquainted nearly all my life, since my grandparents moved there when they retired, and now my parents live in the house which my grandparents built.
I like the glimpses into the past in both Charlie's and Dustin's lives, and how God works to bring them to the present and give them strength and courage to face the future.
Between each chapter is a quote from Charles Dickens', A Christmas Carol, which nicely ties it to this story. I'd recommend God Bless Us Every One to anyone who enjoys a good Christmas time story.
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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