Dec 212016
 

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop
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December 21st to 31st

Happy Winter!

Escape Giveaway #1

FINELY KNITA Finely Knit Murder:
A Seaside Knitters Mystery

9th in Series
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 5, 2015)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0451471604
E-Book ISBN-13: 978-0451471604
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In the newest mystery from the national bestselling author of Murder in Merino, the sleuthing skills of Izzy Chambers Perry and the Seaside Knitters are tested as death mars the beginning of the school year…

Seaside Knitter Birdie Favazza is thrilled that her granddaughter Gabby will be visiting for the fall and attending the Sea Harbor Community Day School. Gabby loves the school, with its newly-adopted progressive curriculum, and she loves that the Seaside Knitters are teaching knitting as part of the enrichment program. It’s a huge success, and on crisp autumn days, girls camp out on the terraces, knitting up hats for charity.

But not everyone is happy with the direction the school is taking. Outspoken board member Blythe Westerland has sparked tempers with her determination to unravel the current administration. Then, on the evening of an elegant school event, Blythe’s body is found near the school boathouse.

With a killer on the loose, Birdie is determined to keep Gabby safe. Working together, the Seaside Knitters carefully unravel the layers of Blythe’s complicated life, bringing faculty members and town residents under scrutiny. Before the cast-off rows are made on the students’ projects, the knitters will need to stitch together the evidence to see if a murderer has been walking beside them all along.

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mrs grantMrs. Grant and Madame Jule
DUTTON
Published by The Penguin Group
Historical Women’s Fiction
Setting – Various
Release Date – March 3, 2015
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525954293
E-Book ASIN: B00SA4ZU94
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In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony.

Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world.

And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side.

Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.

Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule is the first novel to chronicle this singular relationship, bound by sight and shadow.

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#Review – Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

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Sep 272016
 

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Girl Underwater: A Novel
Women’s Fiction/ Suspense/Romance
Setting – Colorado
Dutton – First Edition edition (March 31, 2015)
Hardcover: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525954934
Dutton; Reprint edition (August 16, 2016)
Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101983980
E-Book ASIN: B00L9AXQEC
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An adventurous debut novel that cross cuts between a competitive college swimmer’s harrowing days in the Rocky Mountains after a major airline disaster and her recovery supported by the two men who love her—only one of whom knows what really happened in the wilderness.

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is a little different from what I usually read of late but when I saw the praise even from Oprah, I knew I needed to read this book. I have read several of her recommendations over the years.

Avery Delacorte and Colin Shea are on their college swim team, acquaintances not friends. They and one other team member are on a plane heading to Massachusetts from California for their holiday break. Shortly after takeoff the plane starts to malfunction and crash lands in a lake in the Rocky Mountains. Surviving the crash using their athleticism and swimming talents they are able to rescue a woman and 3 little boys. They know they are going to have to work together to survive until help can come.

The story rotates back and forth in time, after the crash and after the rescue with Avery telling the story so readers know she does survive. It is an extraordinary story about what it took to survive, but recovering after they are rescued is much harder on Avery even though Colin was the one more physically injured. As the story continues we finally find out why.

This is an adventure novel in that is was adventure to survive the crash and persevere until they are rescued but it a gripping suspense novel and an emotional roller coaster read as well.  A life changing experience that will keep you up reading late into the night.

The characters are so realistic. Avery matures from a young college co-ed unsure of herself to a confident young woman when faced with a do or die situation and then reverts back to the young adult she truly is as she tries to understand and deal with the trauma. Her father was tough on her while growing up and the skills he taught her proved to be very valuable. After he needs to be tough with her again so she can find her way back to the life she was meant to live.

It is classified by some as a coming of age/young adult story, Kells has kept the romantic and traumatic situations age appropriate for that, but older adult readers like me will find this a compelling read as well. That is why I classify it more Women’s Fiction with Suspense/Romance as sub-genres.

I have to mention this is Claire Kells debut novel so she is an author to watch. This story was incredible and she has a clear voice. I hope she has another story coming out soon.

perfect 2016

Dollycas

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About The Author

Claire Kells was born outside Philadelphia and has lived in Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco since graduating from Princeton University in 2005. An English major, she didn’t start writing fiction until her first year of medical school. Now a third-year resident physician in the Bay Area, she spends her free time writing stories about love, loss, and adventure.

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Sep 262016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!

I woke up yesterday with the start of a cold. I hope I can get it to pass quickly!
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Murder on Route 66
My Flashback Friday Book
Release Date – July 1, 2011
My Review
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Girl Underwater: A Novel
Release Date – August 16, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow!
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Lethal Lifestyles (A Headlines in High Heels Mystery)
Release Date – September 27, 2016
LynDee Walker will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Paws and Effect (Magical Cats) Release Date – October 4, 2016
Sofie Kelly will be my Special Guest on September 29!
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ON DECK THIS WEEK

I need to choose my Flashback Friday Book!


Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery)
Release Date – October 4, 2016
Joyce Tremmel will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week! She is also touring With Great Escapes!
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Putting on the Witch (Retired Witches Mysteries) Release Date – October 4, 2016
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Sep 202016
 

I have been waiting for this book! No matter what I am doing when I get my hands on a Harlan Coben novel time stops and I must read it immediately. When the story features Myron Bolitar I am even more excited! I originally picked up Deal Breaker, the first book in the series at Paperback Swap  several years ago for my husband to read, but was so intrigued by the synopsis I read it myself first and then hunted the rest down to get caught up on the series. When I started blogging I tried desperately to get his books to review. As my following grew I received that first email offering me one of books to review I was absolutely chair dancing. Then he re-tweeted one of my tweets about a review I wrote and was jumping up and down as much as a woman with one side paralyzed can do. Yes, I am a fan, A HUGE FAN! Heaven forbid I ever actually meet him in person!

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Myron Bolitar Book 11
Crime/Suspense/Thriller
Dutton (September 20, 2016) TODAY!
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525955108
E-Book ASIN: B01COJUGOE
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Ten years after the high-profile kidnapping of two young boys, only one returns home in Harlan Coben’s gripping thriller.

A decade ago, kidnappers grabbed two boys from wealthy families and demanded ransom, then went silent. No trace of the boys ever surfaced. For ten years their families have been left with nothing but painful memories and a quiet desperation for the day that has finally, miraculously arrived: Myron Bolitar and his friend Win believe they have located one of the boys, now a teenager. Where has he been for ten years, and what does he know about the day, more than half a life ago, when he was taken? And most critically: What can he tell Myron and Win about the fate of his missing friend? Drawing on his singular talent, Harlan Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family, and the meaning of home.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

First let me state this book can easily read as a stand-a-lone, but the main characters have a history and after reading this book you will want to know that history.

The story starts with Myron getting a call from Win. Ten years ago two boys went missing and for Win it is personal because one of the boys was family. After all this time Win receives information that puts him back on the trail and he needs Myron’s help. These two are like the dynamic duo only while Myron is the star of these books he is more often Robin to Win’s Batman.

While Myron does make appearances in Coben’s young adult series, Live Wire, the last Myron Bolitar thriller was published in 2011, so at first I was worried first about my memory of everything Bolitar but also if during the years away the characters wouldn’t live up to my hopes.  Coben has written some stellar thrillers since we last visited these characters so the bar was set really high. Well, I need not have worried, my memories picked up like I has read the previous book the day before  and Coben hits this one out of the park!

Myron, Win (Windsor Lockhorne III), Esperanza and Big Cindi are all back. Mickey, Myron’s nephew and his girlfriend and friend Spoon (Young Adult Series) along with Myron’s parents are all involved in this book. We meet more of Win’s family and the other missing boy’s family too. Plus the criminals who play a part in this story. They are all vital and spring from the pages.

The entire plot starts and ends with gripping and astounding twists, exactly what I expect from this author. The story has tons of drama, action, and mystery along with several edge of your seat moments. Family interactions and deep psychological matters are revealed that had me absolutely stunned. There are some moments of humor too that fans of Myron and Win will truly appreciate. These two are a pair like no other.

The pace is so fast. I wanted to savor this story I had been waiting so long for but with points of view continually switching between Myron and Win that was impossible.  I did the just one more chapter thing so many times I just gave up and stayed up and finished the whole thing and again at the end I exclaimed “WOW!” His books tend to have that effect on me.

In recent years my reading has been more on the cozy side but if I had to choose my all time favorite author my answer has been and will be Harlan Coben. His writing grabs me by the collar and doesn’t let go. I anxiously await each new book. As I finished this one I thought is this the last Bolitar novel? The characters seem to be in a good place so it could be but I sure hope it is not. I do know that whatever this author writes I am going to want to read it immediately so I can’t wait to see where he takes me next.

paradise 2016

Dollycas

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To find out more about Harlan Coben and his books visit his webpage here.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sep 192016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Home by Harlan Coben
Release Date – September 20, 2016
Review will be up tomorrow! 
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No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery)
New Series – Release Date – September 6, 2016
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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It’s a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food)
Release Date – February 2, 2016
Review will be up Thursday! 
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I need to choose a Flashback Friday Book for this week. I am debating between two.

Girl Underwater: A Novel
Release Date – August 16, 2016
For Review
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Lethal Lifestyles (A Headlines in High Heels Mystery)
Release Date – September 27, 2016
LynDee Walker will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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Paws and Effect (Magical Cats) Release Date – October 4, 2016
Sofie Kelly will be my Special Guest on September 29!
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Sep 122016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!!

Are you ready to Escape into some Good Books?

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Wicked Summer: A Cape Harriet Novel  Review will be up tomorrow! 
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Paint the Town Dead (A Silver Six Mystery)

Nancy will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday this week!
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Dying for Data (Adina Donati, Accidental Sleuth)
The Great Escapes Book Tour will stop here this Thursday!
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A Gala Event (An Orchard Mystery)
My Flashback Friday Read
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ON DECK THIS WEEK


Home by Harlan Coben
Release Date – September 20, 2016
For Review
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No Farm, No Foul (Farmer’s Daughter Mystery)
New Series – Release Date – September 6, 2016
Peg will be my guest for Cozy Wednesday next week!
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It’s a Wonderful Knife (Comfort Food)
Release Date – February 2, 2016
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Mar 082016
 

While by favorite genre is Cozy Mysteries I do also like a good suspense thriller. Harlan Coben is my all time favorite thriller author. When he has a new book come out the world just stops and I escape deep inside the story. I was blessed to receive an advance copy for review. I am thrilled to tell you all about it so you can grab it on March 22 when it is released.

FOOL ME ONCE
Fool Me Once
Suspense/Thriller
Setting – New Jersey

Dutton (March 22, 2016)
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 400 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525955092
E-Book ASIN: B0141ZP33S
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Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

I have a new FAVORITE COBEN!! Fool Me Once has edged out Caught. This story is absolutely brilliant!!

Maya flew helicopters overseas in Iraq but she has left the military after a mission goes way wrong. Home with her husband Joe and her daughter Lily, she is suffering from the mental effects of war and dealing with her sister’s death a few months before.  She tries to get on with her life but her troubles continue as her husband is viciously murdered. Two weeks later she returns home to find the nanny camera has images of 2 year old Lily playing with her dad. Is he alive? Who did they bury? Why is there so much death around her? Maya starts on a journey to find the truth and what happens with amaze you.

Maya is a very engaging character. She is a super strong woman fighting her demons. Joe and his family have secrets upon secrets and I just can’t tell you more.

Twisted, woven together, plot lines cross and untangle just to mix all together again. Coben is a genius, the story is masterfully written. The reader is drawn into the story and the tension and suspense builds and builds until you get whiplash from the final spin that will leave you breathless. Fool Me Once, Mr. Coben is full tricks. He got me. He got me good! And I positively LOVED IT! This is his best book yet!

New to this author, this is a fantastic one to start with!  Already a fan, get this book as soon as you can!

paradise 2016

Dollycas

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To find out more about Harlan Coben and his books visit his webpage here.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Mar 072016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!! 

Let’s Start by announcing our winner – My grandson picked #7 – That’s Nancy!! Watch your email for your gift card!

I hope you all had a great week and read some wonderful stories. Be sure to share what you are reading in the comments. My wish list grows because of all the books you share. 

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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Fool Me Once

Release Date – March 22, 2015
Review will be up tomorrow! 
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A Churn for the Worse: An Amish Mystery


Release Date – March 1, 2016
I will feature this book this week on Cozy Wednesday!
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And Then There Were Nuns: League of Literary Ladies

Release Date – March 1, 2016
Review will be up Thursday!
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I also read an advance copy of a new book from a cozy author going into the suspense/thriller genre. I will be able to share more with you soon!

ON DECK THIS WEEK

Death By Blue Water (A Hayden Kent Mystery Book 1)

Release Date – November 11, 2014
My Flashback Friday Read
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No Grey Areas: The Inside Story of the Largest Point Shaving Scandal in History and the Consequences Thereafter

Release Date – January 14, 2016
Something a little different for review.
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Kernel of Truth: A Popcorn Shop Mystery

Release Date – March 1, 2016
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Death By Sunken Treasure (A Hayden Kent Mystery Book 2)

Release Date – March 22, 2016
The Great Escapes Book Tour starts March 16 and stops here March 22.
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Feb 292016
 

It's Monday! What Are You ReadingIt’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
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Happy Monday Everyone!! 

I am feeling like a giveaway today. Leave a comment and tell me What You Are Reading? and I will randomly select 1 person to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. I will announce the winner next Monday!

Here’s what I read and what I have planned for this week.

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A Fright to the Death: A Family Fortune Mystery
Release Date – April 7, 2015My Review

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Between a Book and a Hard Place: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery


Release Day – March 1, 2016
I will feature this book on Cozy Wednesday!
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Deadly Scandal (Deadly Series Book 1)

New Series from Kate Parker
Release Date – February 25, 2016
The Great Escapes Tour starts February 29 and stops here March 3.
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A Slice of Murder (A Pizza Lover’s Mystery)


Release Date – August 1, 2009
My Flashback Friday Read!
Review will be up Friday!
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Fool Me Once

Release Date – March 22, 2015
For Review
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A Churn for the Worse: An Amish Mystery


Release Date – March 1, 2016
I will feature this book next week on Cozy Wednesday!
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And Then There Were Nuns: League of Literary Ladies

Release Date – March 1, 2016
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Oct 272015
 

christmas bellsChristmas Bells: A Novel
Dutton (October 27, 2015)
Setting – Massachusetts
An Imprint of Penguin Random House LLC
Hardcover: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0525955245
E-Book ASIN: B00SI02BZ6
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New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day/ Their old familiar carols play/ And wild and sweet/ The words repeat/Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.

In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.

Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow’s family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow’s patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. “Christmas Bells,” the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.

Jennifer Chiaverini’s resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading Christmas Bells evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

There are two stories in this book. One set in present time and the other in 1863. They are tied together by Longfellow poem Christmas Bells. The book alternates chapters going back and forth between the two stories.

The main story tells the reader about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his family before and through the civil war. As always Jennifer Chiaverini has researched his life and bought us a wonderful story and presented a slice of history in a very enjoyable way. His love for his family and the heartbreak he suffers leaps off the pages. His wonderful poems are given new life. That new life shines in the second story.

The present day story introduces us to Sophia, a schoolteacher whose music program is being slashed by budget cuts. Something that is happening all across the United States. Sophia is also the music director at her church. She is featuring the carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” based on Longfellow poem for the church’s Christmas service. This story takes place in a short period of time and each chapter is told from a different person’s point of view. This story was entertaining as well. Because parts of the story overlapped there was quite a bit a repetition. I found myself skimming those parts and wish the author had found another way to present this story. The characters were very engaging and I would have liked a broader story about them.

Chiaverini has added another wonderful book to her repertoire. Perfect for the holiday season.

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