Beautiful Star of Bethlehem: A Christmas Novella  -     By: Lori Copeland
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After suffering a brain injury that she doesn't remember, Arlene---a happy wife, successful business owner, and young grandmother---is surprised to find herself in a rehabilitation center surrounded by old people. But when the confusing aspects of her life start to click into place, can her family---and her hilarious new friends---help her accept her new reality? 208 pages, softcover from Shiloh Run.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Shiloh Run Press
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 X 0.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1634090365
ISBN-13: 9781634090360

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Publisher's Description

Meet Arlene Santana, a vibrant wife and young grandmother whose life suddenly takes a confusing and often laughable turn into a new reality framed by a severe brain injury. As one holiday after another speeds by, Arlene takes comfort in the amusing old people who surround her in the rehabilitation center and one special friend who relates well to Arlene. But when will her husband, whose love is more real to her than anything, come to visit her? Treasure this Christmas novella from bestselling author Lori Copeland that demonstrates the healing power of true love.

Author Bio

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.

Editorial Reviews

"Beautiful Star of Bethlehem caught me totally unprepared. I expected a sweet Christmas story, but instead discovered a poignant, tender love story that evolved into something deeper and richer than I’d anticipated. While Copeland’s story has its sad moments, the beauty of family and depth of love portrayed is not to be missed."
 
Miralee Ferrell
Bestselling author of Blowing on Dandelions & more

"Lori Copeland has long been one of my all-time favorite authors. Her ability to weave a heart-tugging tale shines in Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, a memorable story of love lost, love renewed. . .and love everlasting."
 
Carol Cox, author of Practically Christmas, A Woman’s Place, and Truth Be Told

"Lori Copeland’s Beautiful Star of Bethlehem is a Christmas book I will never forget. From the stunning—and surprising—opening to the lovely and perfect ending, I fell into the tale and didn’t want to leave the friends I made there."
 
-Kathleen Y’Barbo, bestselling author of Firefly Summer and The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series

"Prepare to be entertained and inspired as you travel on this heartfelt Christmas journey!"

-Anita Higman, bestselling author

This Christmas novella costs a light on and even adds levity to the confusing life of someone with a traumatic brain injury. There are a number of heartbreaking and heartwarming scenes, making this perfect for the holiday season. A poignant reminder that happiness is a state of mind, not people, materials or circumstances.

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  1. Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    challenging book
    January 1, 2016
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Being 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.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    December 23, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Oh. 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.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A serious and slightly depressing novella
    November 17, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This 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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
    November 3, 2015
    Singing Librarian Books
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Beautiful Star of Bethlehem is a touching story of a woman, Arlene, and her husband that are headed on a trip to see their new grandbaby when their plane crashes, changing their lives forever. Now, due to a dramatic brain-injury, Arlene is in a rehabilitation center. This novel will make you laugh and cry as it brings to life the truths, pains, and joys of dealing with a family member that has been injured and is in a rehabilitation center.



    Genre: Christian; holiday; Christmas

    Publisher: Shiloh Run Press, Imprint of Barbour Publishing

    Publication date: October 1, 2015

    Number of pages: 192



    Content Rating: PG

    Book Rating: 4 stars

    A review copy of this book was provided by Barbour Publishing.
  5. North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Touching Story
    October 30, 2015
    Susan B
    North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It has been a long time since a book has captivated to the point where I cannot put it down; where I tune out everything around me because I am so immersed in the story. Beautiful Star of Bethlehem is just that kind of story. From the beginning chapter that outlines the love story of an older married couple, Arlene and Jack, to the last chapter when Arlene finally has her reunion with Jack, the story draws the reader in to the life of Arlene Santana as she tries to make sense of her life after her accident that has left her confused and her memories in chaos. From eccentric friends at the rehab center to strangers who say they are her family, Arlene tells the ready about her passing days as she searches for the truth to her identity and for the memories that seem to be just beyond her grasp. If you have ever had to deal with older loved ones, especially those with memory problems, this book will make you laugh and cry. It certainly did for me! Lori Copeland has hit a homerun with this one.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of the book. I did not have to give a positive review of the book in exchange for receipt of the book. My opinion is honest and true.
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