Saturday, October 31, 2015

My Bookshelf: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by Lori Copeland

When memories are lost, only love remains.
        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?

        Beautiful Star of Bethlehem is a Christmas novella by Lori Copeland, and is the first book I have ever read by her. I have to say, I really enjoyed this novella, although it was very different from anything I have ever read before. I don’t really know how to describe it, but it just had a very different feel from what I am used to. However, I will say I liked this book and can pretty easily give it all five bookshelves. I liked the way that this novella was completely unpredictable, I really had no idea what paths the story was going to take. The characters, especially Arlene of course, were lovable and really interesting to get to know, and I wish that the story were longer so that I could have learned a little more about what happened to Arlene after the ending. Mainly, how did the changes affected in the ending pan out? Did it work? And did Arlene continually get better or worse? I’ll never know, but I can’t help but hope that things got a little bit better, for Arlene and for her sons and their families. All in all, this was such a sweet Christmas novella that got me in the mood for the Christmas season and that I know I will be reading again in the future.
        Happy reading!

I received a copy of this novella from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Lori Copeland and Barbour Publishing.


  1. Sounds intriguing! Thanks for sharing! Thanks also for linking up at Literacy Musing Mondays.

    1. It was! Thank you for visiting and for hosting!!!!