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Silver Bells

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  429 ratings  ·  65 reviews

Every year, the Christmas Carousel in South Howle takes a beating, and every year, Dash Bartholomew tenderly brings it back to life. It’s a job he started fifteen years ago, when Dash became Dasher, one of Santa’s reindeer, and accepted the worn leather harness now hanging on the hooks at the back of the carousel barn. The one with its beautiful, sil
Kindle Edition, 24 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Sadie Hart (first published October 25th 2011)
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A strange little short story. It was cute and I guess I liked it. But it is very short and not much substance to it. Dash restores carousel animals and one night, Merry, a homeless girl, comes into the shop and they end up working together.
This is a very short and magical story! I loved the redemption theme running in it and the very unique premise. It was an unorthodox romance, to be certain, and I would have liked a bit more explanation about Merry's cough and how she came to be homeless, along with more about Dash/Eric's past, but these were just my own hopes. The story still brought a smile to my face as is, and put me a bit more in the spirit of Christmas!
I LOVED this story. It's short and wonderful. Not sappy, totally unexpected, and unique. A homeless woman wanders into a barn where a man repairs carousel animals. Things take a very unexpected direction at the end.
I feel badly I am giving this story 1 star. 1.5 stars is a more accurate rating from me on Goodreads rating system. I tried to love it, but I feel there was a lot missing in the story. I would have loved the story to be more developed, to feel smooth in the transitional parts of the story. Instead I left feeling like I had been on a disjointed and bumpy ride. I *did* very much enjoy some of the descriptions of what the characters were doing. When I read about Dash restoring the animal pieces, it ...more

A short, sweet story. I only wish things were explained better, for example, how come Merry stumbled into the barn? What's all this business with reindeer?
And (a big spoiler) (view spoiler)

However, it was interesting and pretty enjoyable, even though I didn't really see their love developing.

This e-book also features an excerpt from What the Heart Haunts.
This is the story of Dash, an honest, hard working man. every year for the last 15, he has maintained the carousel in his hometown. one year a down on her luck woman shows up looking for somewhere warm to rest her sick body. she helps to sand the graffiti off the carousel pieces with Dash and in return for her hard work, he takes her home and cares for her. there is one slightly different thing about Dash though. on Christmas Eve he dons the harness from the reindeer on the carousel and becomes ...more
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Silver Bells is a really short story, but even so I almost didn't finish it. It was way too blah for me and not really compelling. I didn't really see Dash and Merry falling in love and the whole just strange to me (note I will discuss the ending later so spoilers ahead). Dash keeps the carousel in working order, getting it ready every year. Merry stumbles in one day and the two work on fixing up everything together. Dash tries to help her with food and
Elisabeth Wheatley
A sweet, cute Christmas story. I'm definitely glad I picked it up! =)
Synopsis: "Every year, the Christmas Carousel in South Howle takes a beating, and every year, Dash Bartholomew tenderly brings it back to life. It’s a job he started fifteen years ago, when Dash became Dasher, one of Santa’s reindeer, and accepted the worn leather harness now hanging on the hooks at the back of the carousel barn. The one with its beautiful, silver bells that once made the most wondrous sound in the world, and now lay quiet.

That is, until Merry, a young, homeless woman wanders in
This review was originally published on Melissa's Midnight Musings on December 19, 2012.

This story is very short and sweet. We meet Dash, a seemingly lonely park caretaker who lovingly restores carousel animals by night. One night, Merry, stumbles in to the barn where he's working looking for somewhere out of the cold to stay. Dash lets her stay and tries to help her, but she's too proud, and demands to work. So they each work together on the animals, and over time a bond develops between them a
Laura Thomas
I spotted this while browsing for some Christmas reads. It’s a short story, didn’t take long at all to read it.

I wish it had been longer, as I fell in love with the characters and the whole story was just so ingenious. A new one on me.

Dash works on the old carousel in the South side of Howle. Not the nicer side of the town. He lovingly sands them and removes the graffiti the town kids paint on the animals, restoring them to their former glory for another year.

George, the night watchman, stops in
Ehh, it was free and a short story so I figured why not? I'm not sure exactly what I was expecting, but this was overall an odd short story. It did feel a little bland and I was more interested in the characters fixing up the carousel. The connection between the two people never felt there, especially given the HEA nature. I would have liked a bit more backstory on the magic than what was there. Not something I would read again or recommend.
Gwendolyn Carter
Slow build to an abrupt end

The book reads like an abridged version of a long novel. The relationship builds very slowly only to crash into selfless love by the end of the book. The reader is also expected to instantly accept that the hero is one of Santa's reindeer.
Lendia Buchanan
Fowl language

Loved the first story. Second story had words that were not necessary. Ruined it for me. wouldn't recommend this for teens. Folks that don't enjoy reading books with fowl words.
Lenita Sheridan
Magic in the Air

This love story is full of magic. I enjoyed reading it and liked the two main characters. It had a satisfying heartwarming ending.
Kristina Lucero
This was a cute little Christmas romance with a nice twist including select chosen people who transform into reindeer each Christmas. Overall the story was well written but too short for my taste. It begins by introducing the main characters and how they came to be. The story jumped several times to future events without closing out the previous ones and this left me feeling like something was missing. I guess because it is such a short read the author was satisfied but I would have liked more.


the magic of Christmas is what this story is all about.the the way you find things that make you continue to read.
Oct 19, 2013 Kristi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
A beautiful Christmas short story. It is about a man named Dash, a carousel worker who is doing his yearly maintenance. on faded, chipping, and graffitied carousel animals. In his workshop, he has a harness of silver bells that no one can hear. Then, one night a woman named Mary wanders into his workshop to get away from the cold. This will change his live as well as hers. And it all revolves around the silent silver bells.

A beautiful surprise surrounds the silver bells. It takes a new approach

not the best thing that I have read. it was a cute story. don't think that I would recommend this one. maybe if you needed a quick read.
Kind of interesting on how the next reindeer is chosen for Santa.
Not bad for a free book off Amazon
Francis Salsedo
I love this book! I finished reading it on Christmas day and it made me smile. I definitely recommend this book.
Nov 28, 2014 Sandra rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Kate Tilton
So I had just finished an ebook I was suppose to review and was bummed because it really wasn't good. I didn't want to go to bed yet although it was extremely late so instead I went on to the Kindle store and looked at the free books that popped up. I was so glad when I found Silver Bells because it was just what I was looking for, a short Christmas themed story with a little bit of love thrown in too.

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Robin Conley
I had no idea what this story was about when I started, and I was really skeptical as to whether I would like it when I read the bit about the guy being Santa's reindeer, but as the story progressed I got into it a bit. I liked Dash/Erik and Merry, and I liked the story that was told between the two of them. When I got to the end I found I had enjoyed the story. It wasn't perfect-- it was a little cheesy-- but it was cute and a nice fun, fast read.
I liked this book, it was a nice romance mixed with festive spirit. I liked the characters. It is only 24 pages long so it is faced paced. I would have preferred it a little longer, but that’s because I got attached to Dash, he was a good character. The idea of the bells, was amazing. It was so poetic and full of the Christmas spirit.

It is free on amazon for the kindle, it is worth the read.
i loved this book especailly the idea about dash being sanatas reindeer but in the end i was both sad and happy . Loved reading about how dash always came to the rescue but will dash get his wish at the end cant tell you for those of you who is reading this review this book i had already recommended to a friend worth the read and also worth recommending
Alyssa White
The start of this story was not enjoyable... I was being turned off from the story. I am one that loves description but there was too much in the first part of the book. I had no idea where the story was going at all. The idea of the reindeer is a great story idea and has potential it just needs to be ran with.
While this plot was creative, it was a little weird to me. It's more of a supernatural (some would say "magical") tale. It's not really my thing but a lot of other people liked the book so if you like "magical", give it a try. The writing was good and the content was clean. I'll give 3 stars just for that.
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