God Bless Us, Everyone by Eva Marie Everson

Title:   God Bless Us, Everyone
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Publisher:  Abingdon Press
Release Date:  September 6, 2016
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Fiction

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.

Christmas in September, anyone? God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson is a "contemporary Christmas Carol" blending the themes of the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with the modern day realities and struggles.  An enjoyable read, I particularly like the many references of the classic within the story, and quotes at the start of each chapter.  Though I find Charlie and Dusty's romance sweet, it felt rushed. The underlying message of redemption, forgiveness and not being glued onto your past was well executed despite the short nature of a novella.  The supporting characters created a great atmosphere for character development, and that makes the message even more pronounced. Short and sweet, a Christmas message for any time of the year.
"...sometimes you have to take the trash life dumps on you and turn it into treasure for someone else." (83)

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Tour for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of The Road to Testament,Things Left UnspokenThis Fine LifeChasing 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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