I think Ms. Copeland does a wonderful job of portraying how a person with amnesia might feel placed in a new environment where they don’t recognize anyone. Since Arlene doesn’t remember or understand many of the things that happen around her, the reader has to read between the lines, and sometimes draw your own conclusions about what happened. Several times members of her family come to visit her, and ask for her advice, but since she doesn’t remember their visits, we can only wait to see what happens in their lives the next time they come.
Don’t think that this book is too sad to read at Christmas time. I will admit to you that I shed a few tears in the first chapter, but it gets better after that! It’s a sweet, heartwarming novel, and a totally unique apporach. I may have gotten a little teary-eyed at the ending, too, but those were happy tears. This book deserves a place on your shelf, and is a great way to begin your holiday reading this year. I highly recommend it!
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, and a favorable review was not required. Look for Beautiful Star of Bethlehem on or around October 1.