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Christmas Bells
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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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 Longfellows classic Revolutionary War poem, Paul Reveres Ride, was less than a month hence, and the countrys 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. Sophias 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 childrens 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 Longfellows family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellows 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 Chiaverinis 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.
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Booknerd2
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💜💜💜 this book! Some history, some romance, some magic, and an enormous amount of Christmas feels. 😊🎄

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Butterfinger
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I had to take a break from Buddenbrooks. Had an awful bout of flu and didn't want my germs to get near my other group members. I was so sick, I'd wake up and not feel like reading. That hasn't happened in years. I haven't been able to spend Christmas with my two little girls, but I did move into the living room to watch them open their presents that their daddy wrapped. Thank you Lord I feel like opening a book. Love books about classic artists.

BookishMarginalia Hope you feel better soon! 13mo
Kaye Get well soon ! 13mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
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SilversReviews Great stack....ENJOY!! 13mo
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Branwen
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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Did I perhaps go a bit overboard in my stash of Christmas books from the library? Perhaps! But I regret nothing! 🎅🎄❄⛄📚💕 #bookhaul #librarylove

saresmoore Never! Yay, Christmas!! 14mo
Branwen @saresmoore That's exactly how I feel about it too! 😁👍💕 14mo
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Reader651
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I may be a little off season, but moving from one state to another has slowed my reading down this month. Heartwarming historical holiday read. I enjoyed learning more about Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's life and the era in which he wrote. The modern-day story juxtaposition was also enjoyable, if a little stilted.

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StaceGhost
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A lovely story of Christmas Day told from multiple perspectives in both an historical and contemporary timeframe. Everything is wrapped up beautifully by the end, but not without tragedy along the way. Altogether a perfect, quick Christmas Eve read! Merry Christmas, everyone! "Peace on earth, goodwill to men." ???#seasonsreading2016

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CocoReads
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Finished this read now. Loved the contemporary chapters and unexpectedly loved the alternating chapters set in Civil War times featuring Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. All in all, I'd give it 4.5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bklover Had this one in my hand and put it back!! Gonna have to go back and get it!!!! 3y
CocoReads @Bklover it was really good. I'd only read her Quilting books before never any of her historical one 3y
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CocoReads
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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My take on #redsandgreens: a red read and a green glass for my wine while I relax and snack until the cookies are cool enough to put away. #seasonsreadings2016

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CocoReads
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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When the college down the road is mentioned in the book you're reading....

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CocoReads
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Home from work. Taking a nice break to read before I pull what's sure to be an all nighter in the kitchen! Halfway through this gem and loving it!

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CocoReads
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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Before I do some holiday baking I'm going to enjoy a #hotdrinkandabook with some tea and this holiday read! #seasonsreadings2016

PrezBookster I just received a mug just like that! 😍 3y
CocoReads I knew someone did! My sister got me this one for my birthday last year. So far I have 3 bookish mugs. 3y
Lynnsoprano Love the mug😍 3y
charl08 Another fan of the mug... 3y
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CocoReads
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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It's warmed up to a balmy 3 degrees and the family has temporarily left the house. So instead of doing the zillions of things I need to do, I'm on a reading break!

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CocoReads
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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Only 3 books to go for my Goodreads 2016 challenge of 110 books. While my nook is charging, I'm going g to start this little gem!

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Lynnsoprano
Christmas Bells: A Novel | Jennifer Chiaverini
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The ornaments on our tree are primarily music-related. We have lots of drums because hubby is a drummer, and, after I started teaching handbells, bell ornaments started showing up, too. Here's my silver bell for #12booksofChristmas.

Louise Love it! ❤👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🌟❤ 3y
Lizpixie I have the same bells on my tree!🛎 3y
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