Friday, December 6, 2013

Silver Bells

GIVEAWAY

RANEY, DEBORAH
SILVER BELLS

Elvis croons from the radio as Christmas descends on a small Kansas town in 1971. Michelle Penn has started a new job at a tiny weekly newspaper, and the boss's son is quickly making her forget all about her former sweetheart in Vietnam. Rob Merrick felt trapped working for his father and dreams of a job with a big city newspaper. Until he met Michelle... Unfortunately, they're forbidden by office policy to date. But if Rob were to quit his job, he'd have nothing to offer. As snow blankets the town, it seems the gifts they most desire––each other––are out of reach. But then they didn't count on a small Christmas miracle.

My Review:

Strange to think that a book set in the early 70s is considered historical fiction but such is the case. If you remember the seventies, you'll get a kick out of historical references spattered through Silver Bells. There is a particularly funny scene involving the heroine's first encounter with a microwave oven. :-)

I loved the newspaper setting. It makes a great backdrop for a blossoming love story fraught with complications. But this is also a moving tale of personal growth. Michelle has left school and moved away from home. She's a little bit naive and floundering to find her place in the world. Rob likes to think of himself as more worldly wise but he's grappling with a past tragedy that has resulted in a strained relationship with his father. Angst abounds as Michelle and Rob find their way to each other.
A soul-satisfying seasonal read.

Giveaway Opportunity

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Silver Bells please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday December 1 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 


21 comments:

  1. Silver Bells sounds like a great story for the holidays. Thank you for sharing your review and giveaway!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a bit different from other Christmas stories in that it starts in the fall and builds to the Christmas ending. Really nice. Good luck!

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  2. I agree with Britney -- sounds like a great story to read during the holidays. Count me in, Kav! :)

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    1. Forgot my email: ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    2. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  3. Sounds like another great read, thanks for the review and giveaway Kav!
    Kara
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  4. I love the cover design! Thanks for sharing your review and the giveaway!

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. It's lovely and wintery, isn't it Heidi? Good luck!

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  5. would love to read this Christmas story...thanks for the chance, kav ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  6. Love Christmas reads!!

    bookwormgal2011(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. What a perfect description "A soul satisfying read." You pulled me in with that phrase. Please include me.

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I would love to read your Christmas story. Merry CHRISTmas
    Blessings
    joeym11(at)frontier(dot)com

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  9. Silver Bells sounds like a fantastic book. Would love to win it. Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  10. I've read a few of Deborah's contemporary novels. Very powerful! This sounds like a great Christmas read.

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. I enjoy Deborah's books very much and appreciate the chance to win a copy of her new book, Silver Bells. She's a terrific writer and a lovely lady.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  12. Silver Bells sounds like a wonderful Christmas story. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one. Thank you for the opportunity.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  13. I enjoy 70's settings, a blast to the past!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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  14. I love Deborah's stories, I've read so many but haven't read this one so maybe I can win it.... rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  15. I love the cover and the sound of the story. Good review Kav. Thanks. Please add my name. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  16. I would love to read this book by Deborah Raney! Thank you for the offer. We do seem to think of historical as before our times. Silver Bells sounds like a fun story. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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