Monday, October 19, 2015

Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Meet Arlene Santana, a vibrant wife and young grandmother whose life suddenly takes a confusing and often laughable turn into a new reality framed by a severe brain injury. As one holiday after another speeds by, Arlene takes comfort in the amusing old people who surround her in the rehabilitation center and one special friend who relates well to Arlene. But when will her husband, whose love is more real to her than anything, come to visit her? Treasure this Christmas novella from bestselling author Lori Copeland that demonstrates the healing power of true love.
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem 
Published October 1st 2015
 by Shiloh Run Press  
5 Stars
To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under heaven
~Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV
This is a touching story about love.  
This story deals the very complex and often times heartbreaking reality of brain injury. This book takes you into the mind and heart of the person who has suffered a brain injury and how they cope with the drastic change in their lives. 
We meet Arlene Santana and travel down a dark road of recovery as her as her life changes completely.  
Arlene and her husband live in Vermont where they own and operate Santana Toys. They are the parents of Jack Jr. and Stephen and the new grandparents to Ella Parker Santana.  To say they are excited to meet the newest member of their family would be an understatement.  Life feels perfect at this very moment in time.  Jack and Arlene decide to fly to Atlanta to meet their new granddaughter, but bad weather sets in and a freak accident changes everything, at least for Arlene. 
Suddenly Arlene finds herself in a long-term care facility in Atlanta, but doesn't remember why. She sustained a head injury during the crash and has amnesia.  Nothing or no one seems familiar anymore.  Her one hope is that Jack will be back soon and that they can go home. 
This is a wonderful Christmas novella that will have you on the edge of tears and then bring a smile to your face at the antics she encounters in the long-term facility. At first I felt pity for Arlene, but learn that there is much more depth to her character than I gave credit.  Arlene finds a new routine and friend that help her navigate through her life changes.  I only hope if this ever happens to me I can be as brave as she is.   
 I would recommend this to anyone.
** I received this book from Barbour Publishing for a honest opinion without bias or outside influence. 
 Lori lives in the beautiful Ozarks with her husband Lance.  Lance and Lori have three sons, three daughter-in-laws, and six wonderful grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.
Lori began her writing career in 1982, writing for the secular book market.  In 1995, after many years of writing, Lori sensed that God was calling her to use her gift of writing to honor Him.  It was at that time that Lori began writing for the Christian book market.  
Lori is the author of more than 100 titles, both historical and contemporary fiction. With more than 3 million copies of her books in print, she has developed a loyal following among her rapidly growing fans in the inspirational market. She has been honored with the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, The Holt Medallion, and Walden Books' Best Seller award. In 2000, Lori was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame. 

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