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Silent Days, Holy Night

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The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .

Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious
Paperback, 240 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Gilead Publishing (first published October 2018)
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the
Deanne Patterson
We all dream of the Christmas holiday where we can just sit with family by the warm fire,chat,eat some Christmas delicacies and just relax with soft Christmas music playing in the background. Unfortunately for many of us as much as we want it, it's just a dream. The holidays are one of the busiest and most hectic times of the year. But I encourage you to slow down for just a bit in your holiday preparations and read this book . It's novella length and a quick read so enjoy and really reflect on ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Oh, how I loved this story, it renews your faith in humanity, and make sure you read to the end for the epilogue, it will bring tears to your eyes.
What a treat this story is, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and wish it could have continued! This book brings a true meaning of Christmas, and the author places you right in the middle, as we walk with the main character, a precocious eleven-year-old Julia and a reclusive deaf man who has a gift of carving.
This book would make a wonderful movie,
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silent Days, Holy Nights reads like a Hallmark movie. It's a touching story between the young and the old. It's a story of important values and an all around lovely read. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
This new-to-me author hit this one out of the ball park. Making the central character a smart, caring, warm-hearted child can't be beat. Julia's father is the lawyer for the town hermit who lives in a huge Emerald Mansion on the outskirts of town. The kids at school are always telling stories about ghosts, caves, and spooky things that supposedly go on at the mansion. When she has a chance to meet, Mr. Henry Lafferty and discovers his fascination with birds, his beautiful wood carvings, and his ...more
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Silent Days, Holy Night is a jewel of a story, a treasured Christmas classic that I savored through its touching moments, thoughtful acts of kindness, gentle humor, and even shed tears of happiness over. This is a story of a pivotal moment in a young girl’s life and its far-reaching effects, but also pictures God’s love in sending His precious Son to us. Phyllis Clark Nichols has become one of my favorite writers of contemporary fiction and
Michaela Bush
Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Silent Days, Holy Night" was absolutely a darling read and I love how young Julia was portrayed. She's a very intelligent and perpetually curious soul, and Nichols wrote her character perfectly from the 1st person perspective. I've read a lot of books (and seen a Hallmark movie or two) where preteen children are either written as entirely too old or entirely too childish, but the author balanced Julia very well. I also appreciated that disabilities were portrayed in a positive and accurate ...more
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written Christmas tale. I loved the plot! I enjoyed the author’s writing and look forward to reading more of her books. I highly recommend this inspirational book. My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my eARC. This is my unbiased review.
Katelyn Bolds
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For me today was not a silent day, in fact it was quiet chaotic. Which I say so you know how peaceful it was to dive into this beautiful Christmas read and have a Holy Night.

Phyllis Clark Nichols voice catches me off guard as a writer who effortlessly creates a world that is believably good, where excessive plot and shock value doesn’t need to move the plot along, because it is moved by characters that enchant the mind of the reader. Her writing has such an elegant style which I have difficulty
Suzie Waltner
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is one that embodies what the Christmas spirit should be in each of our lives. Love, acceptance, giving, friendship, family, and so, so much more.

Young Julia Russell is full of curiosity, gumption, and questions—lots and lots of questions. The moment she meets Henry Lafferty is one that defines her young life. Everything about this man is interesting and she longs to know more. She’s not deterred by his deafness or the age/generation gap. Henry has a story and Julia wants to learn it.

Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best kind of Christmas story

My rating is 5 stars

Henry Lafferty the Second, aka HL2, aka H, was born deaf. When he was still a young boy, an accident put him in a wheelchair, never to walk again. Now close to sixty, he has spent the majority of his life in seclusion and silence. Despite the isolation he has experienced, he cared deeply for the people in the town. In addition to being a voracious reader and exquisite carver of birds, he has a special, secret talent.

Enter Julia. This precocious
Nora St Laurent
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was captivated by and I lost my heart to this curious ten-year-old girl named Julia; who made me smile at all the questions she asked her father and the people she met. I enjoyed her eagerness to learn and be friends with Mr. Lafferty. I loved how the author had the reader enter Henry Lafferty’s world through Julia’s eyes. I was just as interested in how Mr. Lafferty communicates, carves birds, how he loves hearing her play the piano and discovers his hidden gift he doesn’t share with anyone.

Becky B
Julia is getting ready for a Christmas gala at a big mansion in West Virginia. And as she gets ready, she reminisces about how she came to this point. It all started 16 years ago when she was 10 and she first met the owner of this mansion. Mr. Lafferty was nothing more than a town legend when she met him. Rumors were he was an ogre who lived in a haunted house or something similar. So Julia is shocked to learn that her father is Mr. Lafferty II’s attorney, as her grandfather was attorney to Mr. ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols is the most delightful heart-warming Christian tale that will ignite a flame in every heart. It is a tale about “a man whose heart pumps goodness” and a little girl whose heart explodes with care and compassion.
The novel shows that age is no barrier to friendship nor is gender or disability. The lead characters use sign language as one is deaf, and also in a wheelchair but lives life to the full as he quietly makes a difference in the lives of
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
When I first started reading Silent Days, Holy Night, I wasn't sure what to think. I struggled to get into the novel, as it felt like the reader had been dropped into the middle of the story. And really, that's basically what happened—the majority of the story is set 16 years in the past, and the book begins with a prologue in the present. (Sometimes I like prologues, and sometimes I don't. In this case, I'm not a fan. Similarly, the epilogue felt unnecessary.)

Once the action flashed back to the
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing

A sweet holiday story that is great for reading aloud with the family or silently to yourself in front of the Christmas tree. It is heartwarming, touching and a great example of the season. I love that the main character (Julia) is a child that certainly knows more than most eleven-year-olds do, her charming phrases and personality make her an instant hit with readers. Through this travel back through memories, Julia shows readers that there is more to the holiday season than meets the eye and
Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols is a delightful and inspirational holiday story. Nichol’s story is about the importance of family, love, and friendship, especially during the holiday season. It’s also about making the best out of the situation given to oneself in life. This book details and shares about an unexpected, splendid, and delightful friendship between a young girl and an older gentleman who is both deaf and lame. It is a beautiful and inspiring story that readers will ...more
Vicky Sluiter
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy this book since most of it is from the viewpoint of a ten year old, but thought I’d give it a chance. I’m so glad I did! Author Phyllis Clark Nichols created some very intriguing characters and situations that kept my attention right to the end.

Not afraid to tackle the subject of bullying (yes, even adults can be bullied), I loved how Mr. Lafferty handled his unique position. Our heroine, Julia, has such a heart for Mr. Lafferty that you can’t help but find it
Elisabeth P. Comet Readings
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found Silent Days, Holy Night the perfect, cozy story to read ten days before Christmas.

It delightfully describes the true values of Christmastime.

With this lovely story about friendship, love, and family, the author offers great topics to reflect on and an entertaining storyline with a positive character, Julia.

This book reminded me of those beautiful movies I loved as a child (and still do), where the main character with curiosity, pure love and feelings dissipate all the rumors against the
Emily Yager
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book. The descriptions of Emerald Crest, the Christmas Traditions. Sweet little Julia who is more mature than her eleven year old self, helps Mr. Lafferty a deaf recluse with a big giving heart.

Told through the eyes of a child. This novella is a sweet non romance Christmas story that will renew your faith in humanity and show a bit of heartwarming compassion we all could use more of.
Laura  Lane
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Snuggle up in a chair with your tea or cocoa and immerse yourself in a Christmas book that combines a touch of mystery with an abundance of good will and cheer.

My Thoughts:

I just wanted to keep reading this. It's written from the perspective of an eleven year old girl with a very big vocabulary and a very big heart. Sometimes as adults we don't really see what is going on around us. We're too busy with the business of life. Sometimes a child, an elderly person, or, if we take time to truly
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Silent Days, Holy Night is a good and heartwarming read. I give it four and a half stars and recommend it.
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SILENT DAYS, HOLY NIGHT is the first book I read by Ms. Phyllis Clark Nichols, but it most certainly won't be the last. Women's fiction is not a genre I normally look for, but the blurb of this one interested me.

Written in first person, it starts in the here and now, but then goes back sixteen years to when she first meets Mr. Lafferty and how knowing him changed her life in so many different ways.

I read this entire story in one day -- except for when my kindle died and I had to charge it for
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was uninteresting for me.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Julia is a remark young lady, her persistent in friending Mr.Lafferty
Was remarkable. Definitely a must read! Thank you to NetGallery and Gilead Publishing for providing me with a copy of Silent Days, Holy Night in exchange for my honest opinion, which is that this is a wonderful holiday story. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
When I sat down to write this review of Phyllis Clark Nichols’ Silent Days Holy Night, I had to do what I did while reading her masterful novel – take a deep breath and just let my emotions settle down. Her writing is so powerfully touching, so intimately engaging. It stirred memories and feelings I had forgotten years ago. From the beginning, without my even realizing it, I was heart-deep in the story, feeling every emotion the characters felt, struggling with the same tough issues, crying and ...more
Penny Fernandes
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silent Days, Holy Night is a book that will definitely tug on your heart strings. The main character Julia, is a little imp and she forms and extraordinary bond with a differentially abled man who lives in the house atop the hill. As the story unfolds, Julia discovers the reasons behind Mr. Lafferty's isolation and it makes her even more determined to brighten his days. Christmas is fast approaching and her opportunity to make a change is coming closer but things slowly start to go out of ...more
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a poignant tale of a young girl finding the path of her life changing at the young age of eleven. He lives in the old mansion Emerald Crest. Lavish parties were once part of this buildings history. When the mansion falls silent, whispers about the inhabitant at the mansion run rampant. Julia wants to find out what happened. She steps foot in the castle to find out the man who lives there in deaf and in a wheelchair. However, he is also one of the most extraordinary men she has met. ...more
Phillip Cole
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As Julia Russell prepares for the Christmas gala at Emerald Crest, she recalls the events that led to her meeting Henry Lafferty the second, and the friendship that came from the meeting. Through everything that happened that year, she learned valuable lessons and helped one man and the rest of the town come together.

Phyllis Clark Nichols' Silent Days, Holy Night is a great book for several reasons. The story is entertaining and draws you in. Once I read a few pages, I wanted to keep going. The
Brandi Tyiska-Hawkins
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This book gives you all the wonderful feels for the Christmas season. It is filled with warmth and the heartfelt giving spirit of Christmas. It shows how we can meet someone and they can change our whole outlook on life in the best way possible.

The story follows Julia from her present-day party prep to her reminiscing why the house, Emerald Crest, means so much to her. Sixteen years ago as a young girl, she came upon the property of Emerald Crest with her father. Being a curious and inquisitive
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