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Silver Bells: A Holiday Tale Mass Market Paperback – 25 Oct 2005

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA; Bantam mass market e. edition (25 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553588559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553588552
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Luanne Rice does it again 6 Nov. 2004
By Annie - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Every year, widower Christopher Byrne leaves Nova Scotia and comes to Chelsea, New York City to sell his Christmas trees through out the month of December. Last year, Christy brought his two children along with him but only went back home with his daughter Bridget. Christy got into a huge fight with his 17 year old son, Danny about him staying on in NYC and in the end, Danny ran away.

Catherine Tierney, a resident of Chelsea, used to love everything about Christmas until her husband died 3 years ago right before Christmas. Now all she wants is the holiday season to pass her by as fast as possible.

When Christy returns the following year to Chelsea to sell his trees, Catherine tries to avoid him. You see, she has a secret. The night after the fight between Christy and Danny, Catherine sees Danny searching for food in the trash cans outside her home and she offers to help him whenever he is willing to accept it.

Christy and Catherine are drawn together over the love and affection they share for Danny and they learn to believe in the miracles can happen when we are most ready to give up.

Silver Bells is a book that I will treasure for years to come because it is a touching story that teaches us to look up every once in a while and see the beauty that right before our eyes.

Luanne Rice is the author of many books including True Blue and Beach Girls but this is her first holiday book and I hope it is not her last.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing - But Luanne Rice is still one of my favorites 6 Feb. 2005
By JJ Stark - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that I am a fan and faithful reader of Luanne Rice. I've been buying & reading her books since the release of CLOUD NINE several years ago, and she is still one of the best (and most beloved) authors of women's fiction today! Most of her books follow the same theme - Boy meets girl, girl falls in love w/boy, an obstacle threatens to keep them apart, true love perseveres and the lovers find their way to each other, and all live "happily ever after!" While the theme of each novel may be the same in each book, what makes each one an interesting read & keeps readers coming back are the character development and story settings, which are so well done, the reader finds themselves emotionally attached. Although I've loved some of her books more than others, they've all been the kinds of books that I can't wait to see what the next chapter brings, and leave me wanting more at the end. Sadly, I can't say the same was true of SILVER BELLS.

With the success of the holiday novels from Best Selling authors like Debbie Macomber, John Grisham, and Nora Roberts, perhaps Ms. Rice felt it was time to "jump on the band wagon" and write her own tale of love at the holidays. Unfortunately, it fell flat, and my advice would be to stick to the traditional stories like BEACH GIRLS, CLOUD NINE and FOLLOW THE STARS HOME.

There was no character development, and no one to truly root for. As a reader, I didn't find myself emotionally drawn to any of the characters in this story, and didn't really care one way or another if the characters ended up together or went their separate ways. From the small amount of background on each character that was provided, it was hard to believe some of the choices that they made and the ending just seemed to be a little unbelievable. The whole story just seemed to be a little bit forced, and there was way too much drama for such a short holiday story. This particular story may have been better told as a full length HC novel, instead of an abbreviated holiday tale.

While I usually find myself anxiously turning the pages of a Luanne Rice novel, the reason for this is because the story holds so much of my interest that I can't wait to see what happens next. More often than not, I'm disappointed when I'm done - not because the story was a disappointment, but because the author's left me wanting more! This time around I found myself anxiously turning the pages for an entirely different reason - I actually couldn't wait to finish the book and see it end already. And this time my disappointment when I was done had nothing to do with my wanting more - I was just glad to be done with it already, and to finally have it end.

I usually start my New Year off each year by reading the newest novel from Ms. Rice. This year, however, I have to wait until June for her newest book, which I guess was caused by the time it spent her to write SILVER BELLS so that it was ready for release in time for the holidays. I'm looking forward to returning to a more "traditional" Luanne Rice novel. I can only hope that this was the first and last holiday read from Ms. Rice, and that next year I can return to starting my new year off with the latest HC novel from one of my favorite authors!

If SILVER BELLS was the first Luanne Rice book that any of you have read, I encourage you to go back and read any of one of her previous novels to get the full scope of this author's talent (BEACH GIRLS, CLOUD NINE or SUMMER FIRES would be a few good choices!) Or wait until June and pick up a copy of the HC SUMMER ROSES or the PB SUMMER'S CHILD, both of which I am anxiously looking forward to!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
delightful holiday romance 27 Oct. 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
One year ago, Nova Scotia's Christmas farmer widower Christopher Byrne took his two children with him to sell trees in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. Chris and his sixteen years old son got into a fight over the teen's future and soon the police arrive to take the older Byrne away. Danny vanished and has not been seen since and Chris regrets his actions ever since.

Widow Catherine Tierney works at the private library of the Reinbeck Corporation. She has seen Chris sell his trees for years and saw last year's fight. She and her pal Lizzie have tried to help Danny who they call Harry for Houdini. A vanished teen and his distraught younger sister play matchmaker as the big city woman and the rural farmer fall in love, but it will take a miracle for this foursome to find peace on earth.

SILVER BELLS is a delightful holiday romance starring an ensemble of characters who will make readers believe in the miracle of Chelsea. The story line contains the serious elements of a runaway teen and the homeless yet manages to uplift the audience with its caring cast. Readers will quote Al Michaels "do you believe in miracles?" with an astounding yes when it comes to Luanne Rice.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Enchanting Christmas Tale of Second Chances 15 Aug. 2006
By Antoinette Klein - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Lose yourself in this charming little book that oozes with the wonder of a New York Christmas. From the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center to the streets of Chelsea where Clement Clark Moore lived and penned his immortal "Twas the Night Before Christmas," the reader is transported into that magical time of year when miracles really can happen.

A tree farmer from Nova Scotia, an embittered widow in Chelsea, a runaway boy, and a kooky hat maker are all brought together and given second chances at life and at love in this endearing story.

Luanne Rice delivers love and laughter and happy ever after in classic Christmas fashion.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Feel-Good Christmas Story 12 Nov. 2005
By Lori - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love Luanne Rice. This book was a nice, short story, definitely not her best, as stated here by others, but she is a great author, and I'd recommend NOT giving up on her if this is your first book by her. "Follow The Stars Home...." Read that and you'll realize she's wonderful. But this little book was heart-warming, just not real exciting. Give it a try, however!
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