I’m not going to lie, it was a little strange reading a Christmas themed book in August, but it definitely got my holiday bells ringing. God Bless Us Everyone is a sweet and short novel by Eva Marie Everson that brings out the cheer even in the hot summer days. This story is about love and forgiveness, and how holiday magic can bring people together in the most unlikely of ways- only the best Christmas stories are!
Charlene, or Charlie as she is known by her friends and family, has been down on her luck quite a bit lately, and now that she has lost her job, she doesn’t really know where to turn. That’s why she decides to had back home and stay with her grandmother for a while. Charlie just doesn’t know how to be with her choices, and her grandma Esther, decides that what Charlie needs is to be put to work. This time, she is going to make Charlie help with the Christmas play for the local school.
To Charlie’s chagrin, she will be working with a man she doesn’t really care for Dustin, and she can’t believe that her grandmother picked almost the worst possible play for the two to conduct, A Christmas Carol. If you are familiar with that story, you know all about the Christmas’s of past present and future, that is exactly what Charlie has to deal with as she learns more about the Dicken’s play and more about herself and the people around her.
This was a pretty short book, but it packed a lot of heart into it’s pages. I really enjoyed the feel that this book gave, to look closer, and to not have such a hard heart. I definitely think I will be opening this book again come December, it was a sweet story that I could see on the Hallmark or Family channel sometime soon. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, the only reason I gave it 4 is because if it was longer I feel like it could have really dove into all the in’s and out’s of Charlie’s life that we didn’t quite get to see. I received this book for free from TLC book tours in exchange for an honest review.