Thursday, December 12, 2013

Silver Bells

Silver Bells
Deborah Raney
(Summerside Press)
ISBN: 978-0824934378
October 2013/320 pages/$14.99

Elvis croons from the radio as Christmas descends upon a small Kansas town in 1971.

Michelle Penn has started a new job at a tiny weekly newspaper, and the boss’s son, Rob, is quickly making her forget all about her former sweetheart in Vietnam. Rob feels trapped working for his father and dreams of working for a bigger newspaper. But now that he’s met Michelle, she is what he wants most of all. Unfortunately, Rob is forbidden by office policy to date her, but if he were to quit his job, he’d have nothing to offer her.

As snow blankets the town, it seems that the gifts Rob and Michelle most desire—each other—are out of reach. But then they didn’t count on a small Christmas miracle.


Deborah Raney is the author of more than twenty-five books that have won the RITA Award, ACFW Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. One of her novels, A Vow to Cherish, was made into a highly acclaimed film of the same title. Deb and her husband enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They have four grown children and a growing number of grandchildren.


A Christmas novel and a book by Deborah Raney are two of my favorite things. What a delight to discover them combined into one charming book! I bought this book for my Kindle a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved journeying back in time to the early 1970's as Michelle and Rob work at the newspaper and meet each other. Raney paints a wonderful setting with her words, her use of the songs and technology of the era, and other references to the time period, bringing this book to life and evoking a host of memories for those of us who lived "way back then." Michelle and Rob's situation tugs at the heart and Rob's overbearing father makes me glad I've never had a boss like him! Grab a copy of this book for yourself or to tuck into a stocking as you hear the Silver Bells ring-a-ling: soon it will be Christmas Day!


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Skoots1moM said...

love Christmas reads...after a filled tummy and before the nap takes over my consciousness ;)