This was my first holiday title of 2015 and perhaps the only fiction title I will read this year. That makes me happy to say that I’m extremely pleased with Chiaverini’s execution of this work. Christmas Bells was a beautiful split-timeline historical fiction which bounced among a host of characters from the modern day and a period of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s life (1860-1864). As you may have gathered, the story was inspired by and bears the name of Longefellow’s poem “Christmas Bells.” As a veteran Chiaverini reader, I have come to expect her deft handling of Civil War events and people. This skill transferred seamlessly to modern characters, as I took new delight in the cleverly interwoven story lines of this novel. The military family whose father is deployed for the holidays touched remarkably close to home (I’ll admit brought tears to my eyes on a few occasions). Moving, reverent, and hope-filled, let Christmas Bells grace your holiday reading pile this year.
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Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!
JENNIFER CHIAVERINI is the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincon’s Dressmaker, The Spymistress, Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival, and the Elm Creek Quilt series. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.