Beautiful Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Novella - eBook
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Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Publication Date: 2015
How did Arlene Santanahappy wife, successful business owner, young grandmotherget here, surrounded by old people in a rehabilitation center? Her new friends make her laugh, and the days speed by, marked by holidays on which her two sons and their wives come to visit her. But when will her husband, whose love she feels every moment of every day, come to see her? Then one Christmas the confusing pieces of Arlenes life start to click into place, but will she and her sons like the reality they face? Readers will treasure this poignant novella from bestselling author Lori Copeland.
Lori Copeland is a popular bestselling author of both historical and contemporary fiction. Her books have been nominated for the prestigious Christy Award, and she received two Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Awards. Lori makes her home in Missouri with her husband, Lance, three sons, and ever growing family. Her hobbies include knitting prayer and friendship shawls and baking chocolate chip cookies.
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bettykSanta Rosa Beach, FlAge: Over 65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Star of BethlehemJuly 24, 2017bettykSanta Rosa Beach, FlAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 0Good Book and good service!
RoswellSharyn5 Stars Out Of 5Touching storyApril 20, 2017RoswellSharynQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Great read. I enjoyed it so much that I shared the book with several of my friends and they all loved it.
Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5challenging bookJanuary 1, 2016Rhonda Nash-hallMadison Heights VAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Being a young grandmother in my fifties as the main character, Arlene Santana, is in the book, this book resonated with me. It could just as easily happen to me or my friends. This book really held my attention as I just felt so bad for Arlene who was trapped in a world that seemed entirely foreign to her. Her family discussed whether or not the rehabilitation center was best for her, but for the majority of the book, she remained locked in it. Yes, it seemed to be one of those centers that is far above others due to the money they charged. Arlene waits and waits for her husband but her family only tells her that he is away and can't come ......for years. I had to wonder here if honesty wouldn't have been a wiser option to answer Arlene's desperate pleas.
This is definitely a 5-star book and will give readers a great deal to ponder.
I received a copy of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMDecember 23, 2015FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Oh. My. Goodness. This was not at all what I was expecting from a Lori Coopeland novel. As an empty-nester and one who loves her husband more than breathing this was my worst nightmare come true. The story of Arlene Santana is by far the most poignantly touching one I've read in a long time.
The subject is traumatic brain injury. Lori does such an amazing job of letting us see the reality from the patient's perspective. It brought me to tears and then made me laugh with Arlene and her friends. Her very special friend Una broke my heart. I can't imagine having so much erased from my life yet having just enough left to know I miss it.
One of my favorite parts was how even though Arlene didn't understand all the nuances of what was going on she still had the instinct to love those around her like the mother she was. Just beautiful!
If you are looking for a quick read this holiday season that is sure to tug at your heart strings (and your tear ducts) then treat yourself to this beautiful story about love and loss by a very talented author.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5A serious and slightly depressing novellaNovember 17, 2015bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2This was a bit of a disturbing novella for me. Rather than being a lighthearted experience, I found it very serious and a little depressing.
The story begins with a shock. A very loving couple experiences a plane crash as they are on their way to see their first granddaughter. Arlene receives brain damage and is taken to a care facility by her sons. The rest of the novella is pretty much her experiences in the facility.
There are sad moments and less sad moments. There are some moments that could be funny except that in the context of the story and the care facility, I just did not think them funny. Arlene's brain injury results in her not knowing her sons nor her granddaughter. She had not been told that her husband had died. She thinks he is just on a business trip and will return shortly. That was just heartbreaking to read about.
All that being said, there are some moving scenes in the book. There is an odd friendship between Arlene and a few of the other residents. Even in her debilitated mental state, Arlene still dispenses some wisdom and love to others and that was sweet. And the end is very rewarding.
Maybe young people would like this novella. For a senior citizen like me, it was mostly depressing, perhaps too close to home. I've seen too many people I know go into those kinds of facilities and, like Arlene, not really be very happy.
I received a complimentary egalley of this novella from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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