It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas with "God Bless us Every One" REVIEW

One of my favorite things to do during the Holiday Season is curl up with a good book and a cup of hot cocoa. Settled into my favorite chair by the window, I can spend hours caught up in a good story. God Bless Us Every One, by Eva Marie Everson, fulfills the "good story" part of that equation. This book is set in today's time period, and features references to pop culture of today-such as Josh Groban singing Christmas music over a store's speaker system. It is a refreshing look at Charles Dickens A Christmas Carole, with frequent references to Dickens. Even the name of the main character, Charlie Dixon, is a twist of Charles Dickens.

This book reference the Dickens classic, and shows how it can apply to our lives today. We find a young lady, who has never been on rock bottom thanks to a caring grandmother, fight with her inner self when she's shown a different kind of world. One striking moment in the book, for me, was when she goes to a consignment shop and she's watching people shop for Christmas gifts. Her thoughts go back to being the daughter of convicted drug users, who still didn't have to open a gift previously used by another child. And again when she's at the soup kitchen, she has trouble making eye contact with a lady she's serving grits to, and understanding her dad's connection to the people he is helping. This book really brings that into perspective, and it cleverly uses the Dickens classic to do just that. 

The Author has an easy to read style that pulled me in from the start. The characters are well developed, with their own thoughts and personalities. She does a really good job of tying in their backstories to the overall story, while maintaining separateness with the characters. This is a fantastic holiday read, and one that really helped me see a different perspective. I high recommend it. 

About the book: 

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.

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About the author:

Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning speaker and author of The Road to TestamentThings 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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**I received this in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own or those of my family. **