Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Beautiful Star of BethlehemBeautiful Star of Bethlehem by Lori Copeland
Genres: Christmas, Contemporary
Published by Shiloh Run Press on October 1, 2015
Pages: 192

 

About Beautiful Star of Bethlehem (from the back cover):
How did Arlene Santana – happy wife, successful business owner, young grandmother – get here, a rehabilitation center surrounded by old people?  Her new friends make her laugh, and the days speed by, marked by holidays on which her two sons and their wives come to visit her.  But when will her husband, whose love she feels every moment of every day, come to see her?

Then one Christmas the confusing pieces of Arlene’s life start to click into place, but will she and her sons like the reality they face?

Readers will treasure this poignant novella from bestselling author Lori Copeland.

 

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem is a book unlike any other I have ever read.  Although the overall premise is quite sad, Lori Copeland helps find the joy and love that every family should share.  The book put me in a quiet, contemplative mood, and nudged me to consider my own family relationships and my care for those around me.

My heart seemed to break just a little more with each chapter and successive holiday, as Arlene struggled to simultaneously grasp her reality and a little happiness.

The setting of the book is hardly uplifting – a rehabilitation center for patients with dimensia or other memory issues.  The thoughts that run through Arlene’s mind certainly help explain the behavior I have seen in loved ones with these same troublesMy heart seemed to break just a little more with each chapter and successive holiday, as Arlene struggled to simultaneously grasp her reality and a little happiness.

Arlene’s character, while evoking your pity, will also amaze you with her strength and poise in the midst of a very difficult situation.

The highlight of the story for me was the care and concern of Arlene’s sons and daughters-in-law.  How often those who are relegated to life within the confines of a care center are neglected and abandoned by the very ones to whom they have given their entire lives.  But these adult children are noble and committed to their mother, if somewhat overwhelmed and frustrated by her plight.  I can only pray that my children would be so diligent if faced with the same dilemma.

While this story may not have the typical feel-good scenarios of other Christmas stories, it is sure to warm your heart and increase your gratitude for the aspects of life that most others take for granted.

Arlene’s character, while evoking your pity, will also amaze you with her strength and poise in the midst of a very difficult situation.  The other characters of the care center are sure to delight you with their quirky, off-the-wall conversations and humor.  While this story may not have the typical feel-good scenarios of other Christmas stories, it is sure to warm your heart and increase your gratitude for the aspects of life that most others take for granted.

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