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.
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.
This is a really good story and really tugged at my heart strings!
Charlie has lost her job just before Thanksgiving and goes back home to live with her Grandmother. She grew up with her Grandmother because her own parents were drug addicts and always in trouble. This has colored Charlies vision of herself and others. She doesn't trust other people and is always guarded in her relationships.
When she gets back home, her Grandmother decides she needs to get involved in the Christmas play and this brings up Charlie's past in more ways than one. The man in charge of the play, Dusty, is an old classmate of Charlie's and this brings up past feelings she had for him.
There is a secret that her Grandmother it hiding from her and I have to say, I didn't see it coming! It makes for an intriguing story of past mistakes and forgiveness. I really liked how we see the growth in Charlie and those around her.
I loved this story and it's a perfect book for the Christmas season - or anytime actually - but you'll love reading it at Christmas. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of5 stars.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by ListFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie