My rating: 3 1/2 of 5 stars
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.
I liked the way this story gives you some background on A Christmas Carol. It's pretty neat to learn more about Dickens. And I liked the fact that there are themes of reconciliation and forgiveness. The romance between Charlie and Dustin was refreshingly without controversy. (Most of the time there has to be some big misunderstanding in the story...lol.) However, for some reason I just couldn't connect to this book. My impression of this book was that it felt a little rushed in some spots and disjointed in others. And I didn't understand why she called her grandmother "Sis". It threw me off quite a bit. I guess it was just a nickname but I believe her grandmother's name was Esther and I just never saw the connection.
All in all, this is quick short read with a sweet romance and great themes of reconciliation and forgiveness.
*Thanks to Litfuse for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
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