God Bless Us Every One
by Eva Marie Everson
Contemporary Christmas Novella
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: GOD BLESS US EVERYONE is a modern parallel to Charles Dickens classic Christmas Carol. Ms. Everson even named the main character Charlie Dixon after the author of the classic. Quotes from the story begin each chapter.
Charlie wasn't very likable at first. She's fired for "no good reason", moves back in with her grandma without asking permission and then proceeds to tell Grandma who she can "hang out with" and who "not to associate with" when she discovers that Grandma still interacts with her son--Charlie's father.
A romance flares into existence, with hero always around when Charlie is forced to interact with her father. Heartbreaking, but maybe Dad did try a little hard to be a father when he gave up his rights long ago. A story of drug addictions and how it affects the entire family and can take a lifetime to heal from. This Christmas novella packs a wallop and gives the reader plenty to think about. Recommended.
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