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.
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 If you remember the seventies, you'll get a kick out of historical references spattered through Silver Bells.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.
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