Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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Fifty-something Arlene, a woman deeply in love with her husband and eager to go meet her new grandbaby during the Christmas season, finds herself living a confusing life in a rehabilitation center with a curious set of older people in Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by author Lori Copeland.
For me, this was an unusual choice for a holiday read. Having skimmed the blurb, I figured that, despite the lovely book cover sparkling with Christmas promise, this wouldn’t be a book to give me feel-good warm-and-fuzzies for the season. It is indeed a story that broaches a difficult subject, and it’s not the kind of read I’d necessarily recommend to anyone in a depressed place.
Yet, hard as this fairly quick read was for me at times, it was ultimately worthwhile. Even considering the heroine’s plight, I found her perspective interesting and even chuckle-worthy here and there. Certain stories give me a safe place to ponder ideas and how I might apply them, and Arlene’s reflections on happiness are worth reflecting on.
It’s the kind of story that reminds me that even in the midst of life’s trials and imperfections, hope can still be found, and love can still be given and received.