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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 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.
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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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