1. Silver Bells, Songs of the Season Series #2
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    Silver Bells, Songs of the Season Series #2
    Deborah Raney
    Summerside Press / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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  1. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Sweet, Small Town Romance!
    December 17, 2018
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    2.5 stars

    "Soon it will be Christmas day" . . .. a sweet, simple, small town romance that serves as a poignant reminder that the joys of the Christmas season ring all the year round, if there are ears willing to listen.
  2. Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Sweet historical romance with excellent dialogue
    December 26, 2017
    Gazpacho
    Harrison, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In case you're in need of a sweet, historical romance, Silver Bells by Deborah Raney will fill the need nicely. Christmas isn't its major theme, but it does resolve very nicely right around Christmas time. And it's a novella, so it makes for a pleasant seasonal short read. But what attracts me to this story most is how it is filled with good clean humor. The witty dialogue drives this book from beginning to end.

    Robert Merrick III works as a managing editor at his father's paper, the Bristol Beacon. Yes, Rob was born with the proverbial silver spoon in his mouth, but right now he is working his way up from the bottom in the business. He does expect to inherit the business some day, but in the meantime, he tries to keep life real. So even though he stays with his dad, he is living on his hard-earned salary.

    Michelle Penn is the new recruit. She wasn't able to finish college, so after two years she goes to work as a reporter to save up enough money to continue what she started. Unfortunately, Robert Merrick Senior makes the job more difficult for her because he assumes all females are after his son. Every time she turns around, she is being censored by the overbearing father. What is frustrating is that she is not interested in dating anyone yet. She had one painful relationship where she got dumped while the boyfriend went off to Vietnam.

    Still, Rob is interested in Michelle. And she is comfortable around him. He wants to date her, but her reluctance is frustrating and the office policies are inhibiting. Every time he wants to get together with her, she suffers the consequences from his father's censure. Her job is on the line.

    One of my favorite chapters was when Rob was driving Michelle to a work assignment and they got a flat tire. The conversation between them was so funny. And it was a turning point for the two of them as well. This is a fun to read light-hearted story of two people who fit with each other in spite of their differing backgrounds and circumstances.
  3. Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Funny, Engaging, Satisfying
    December 11, 2013
    Daws1996
    Virginia
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A farmer's daughter trying to make it in a small town at her first job after tremendous heartbreak and two years of college. A rich man's son trying to figure out life on his own terms in the shadow of his father. Silver Bells by Deborah Raney has a lot to offer many readers.

    What I Liked

    Although it does eventually wind its way to Christmas and the song named in the title, the story starts five months earlier so the characters get time to know each other fairly well.

    The two main characters are quite lovable and believable. They have fears, doubts, and struggles to overcome. And while they don't have all the answers by the end of the story, they are on the right path and working through the core issues that I most wanted addressed before the last page.

    The story also includes some interesting characters, some who grow throughout the book and others who stubbornly do not, just as you find in real life.

    Several moments had me laughing, some had me smiling, and some had me yearning to reach out and hug a character. Although the book contains moments of violence, it was all handled very cleanly and delicately.

    The Bottom Line - 5 stars

    I enjoy books that offer a wide range of emotions (especially laughter) and neatly tie up all the loose ends. Include a grand Christmas and human characters that want to do life God's way -- and I am hooked. I looked forward to reading more books by Mrs. Raney.
  4. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A soul-satisfying seasonal read
    December 9, 2013
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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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