God Bless Us Every One
Litfuse Book Review
About the book God Bless Us Every One:
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.
About the author:
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.
This book is amazing. It read quickly but still kept me interested. It’s a light read. Nothing too dramatic, nothing too mysterious or suspenseful. We simply find a daughter who felt she was abandoned by her parents when they chose drugs and drug running over her and found themselves in prison. She went to live with her grandmother and from there lived a wonderful life.
That is, she had a wonderful life until her father suddenly reappears. Not to mention she lost her job because she doesn’t like classical anything. She doesn’t want to do anything from the past. Which probably isn’t a good thing when she’s a drama/music teacher. Back at grandma’s or Sis as she calls her, she has to find out who she is and confront her past so she can embrace her future.
Can she forgive her dad and come to terms with their past together? Can she truly believe him and accept that he’s changed? Maybe she does have some Tiny Tim in her after all!