God Bless Us Every One: A Contemporary Christmas Novella
God Bless Us Every One: A Contemporary Christmas Novella  -     By: Eva Marie Everson
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Charlie usually looks forward to Christmas---but not this year. After being fired, she returns home broken and confused. When Grandma Esther puts her to work on the town production of A Christmas Carol, Charlie balks at working with 7th-grade English teacher Dustin Kennedy. Will the play teach her about overcoming mistakes and finding her true calling? 200 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 180
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 1501822691
ISBN-13: 9781501822698

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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 doesn’t always like working with Dustin Kennedy, the drama teacher, but Sis encourages her to take a deeper look at why the book by Charles Dickens had been written in the first place and what it could teach Charlie about the needs of people in their own community.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Yvette K.
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Heartwarming Christmas Novella
    December 30, 2016
    Yvette K.
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was a lovely way to wrap up my Christmas reading and if I were to make a list of holiday novellas to reread in 2017, this would be on it. I did, however, skim over the excerpts from A Christmas Carol that began each chapter while also appreciating how suitably placed they were. Charlie (the heroine) would probably agree with this choice, though for her own reasons.

    God Bless Us Every One is a heartwarming story of coming home, finding romance, learning to trust, forgiveness and reconciliation. I highly recommend it and count Eva Marie Everson as my final Inspirational author "find" of 2016.

    This review refers to a review e-book copy read courtesy of the publisher, via NetGalley. I requested the chance to read it upon the suggestion of the author. A positive review was not required; all opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Just Commonly
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Relive the Christmas Carol today, and make sure you're not pulling an Ebenezer, yourself.
    September 22, 2016
    Just Commonly
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Christmas in September, anyone? God Bless Us Every One by Eva Marie Everson is a "contemporary Christmas Carol" blending the themes of the classic A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with the modern day realities and struggles. An enjoyable read, I particularly like the many references of the classic within the story, and quotes at the start of each chapter. Though I find Charlie and Dusty's romance sweet, it felt rushed. The underlying message of redemption, forgiveness and not being glued onto your past was well executed despite the short nature of a novella. The supporting characters created a great atmosphere for character development, and that makes the message even more pronounced. Short and sweet, a Christmas message for any time of the year.

    "...sometimes you have to take the trash life dumps on you and turn it into treasure for someone else." (83)

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Tour for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
  3. Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Christmas Spirit invoking, heart warming tale!
    September 22, 2016
    Nicki Olsen
    Appomattox,VA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    *My Thoughts*

    This was a pretty cute story! I found myself adoring Charlie's sweet Grandma and blushing alongside Charlie every time her childhood crush showed up on the scene. The sassy, fun relationship between grandmother and granddaughter left a warmth in my heart that has me ready for all things wintry and snuggly and Christmasy. Add in some unexpected twists and turns, and you get such a sweet Christmas story of forgiveness, hope, and love.

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    *My Rating*

    I give God Bless Us Everyone by Eva Marie Everson...



    4 stars!!

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    *I received this book from Litfuse, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review, which I have given. All thoughts were my own and I was not compensated in any other way.
  4. Booklover10
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A delightful Christmas story
    September 19, 2016
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It's not quite Christmas in July, but it's nice to get a little Christmas story in September.

    I have enjoyed reading many books written by Eva Maria Everson, starting with the Potluck Club series. It has been fun to watch her develop as an author in a genre that is different from that series. She has grown as a writer with each book that she has written.

    When the majority of people think about Christmas, one of the most famous stories comes to mind. Usually, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens sits at the forefront of our minds. It tells the story of Scrooge and the lessons he learned. It's a classic but is still a bestseller today.

    Eva Marie Everson did a beautiful job weavingher story. In fact, sections of the story introduce each chapter. I enjoyed the initial argument that Charlene Dixon makes about not wanting to do a play by Dickens. She thinks it's old-fashioned and she'd much prefer to do a play that's more current. Something with remixes and not necessarily classic.

    Dustin Kennedy and Charlene have both experienced some traumatic experiences in life. They both have to learn to forgive people in their lives and keep moving forward.

    My favorite part in the story is when Charlene begins to realize why she may have an aversion to the classics. I had not thought to weave her revelation into the story like Everson did, but it was fabulous.

    So kick off the fall season with a little bit of Christmas fun, or buy it and save it for a nice, short Christmas story.

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    I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group and Abingdon Press in exhcange for my honest opinion of this book.
  5. Amelia
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Pure Delight
    September 19, 2016
    Amelia
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Eva Marie's latest novella is a pure delight. Her story is filled with the comfort and joy that is desired during the holiday season. This book is well-written and focuses on the themes of forgiveness, faith, family, and trust. Charlie, who is the main character, revisits her hometown over the holidays and helps with the school play of "A Christmas Carol. " However, as her time there progresses Charlie is confronted with some personal issues she needs to resolve and is challenged to take a deeper look behind the meaning of the play and apply it to her life. Also, Charlie reconnects with an old crush from school, and the reader gets to experience a bit of romance at Christmas time. This book is a heartwarming story, but has an incredible depth that other novellas similar to this often lack. Everson definitely gives her audience a well-rounded story that leaves the reader wanting more.

    Every year around October I get so excited because I know that is when new Christmas books start releasing. This is my first Christmas book of the season, and it does not disappoint. This needs to be at the top of your holiday reading list. Once you dive into the story and meet the characters, you will not want to stop reading. This was the first book I have read by Everson, but it won't be the last.

    This book was given to me by Litfuse in exchange for my review.
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