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Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance

(Christmas in Romance #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  53 reviews
You're never too old to fall in love . . . Will over-the-hill neighbors embrace a holiday romance?

Rancher Jess Milne lost his wife years ago, but he’s finally ready to give love a second chance. It’s a shame the one woman in Romance who captures his interest is a prickly, wasp-tongued she-devil. She used to be one of his closest friends until he asked her out. Her v

Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published November 1st 2018 by Amazon Digital Services
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Glenda Kinard
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once again Shanna Hatfield makes me smile and say a contented awwwww. Doris and Jess’s story is truly heartwarming and goes to prove one is never to old for a happy ever after. This story really made me smile and even literally laugh out loud at times. I loved the banter between Doris and Jess hard as they tried to deny the magnet drawing them together it was just to strong to resist. I especially love getting to visit with Brooke and Blayne again from Blown into Romance. Shanna Hatfield knows j ...more
Alma Conchas
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, with each book that I read by Mrs. Hatfield, she becomes one my most favorite authors! Her stories truly never fail to capture my interest and keep me entertained. And I think Jess and Doris's story has become one of my most favorite because of how their story proves that it is never to late for anyone to find their Happily Ever After. Although there were times in the story that I really wanted to throttle Doris because of her bullheadedness on not wanting to give Jess a chance even though ...more
Tonya Lucas
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an amazingly sweet book. I loved seeing an older couple showcased in a romantic-comedy setting. Shanna Hatfield truly delivered a book of laughter, friendship, and a message that love knows, no age.
Jess and Doris were a breath of fresh air with their continuous banter.
I loved the extent Jess embarked in getting Doris to realize they were meant for one another and still young enough to love.
Blayne and Brooke were great in helping this romance bud.
Who knew pink underwear and socks might be j
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
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Ruth Ramsey
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just like all the other books by Shanna Hatfield Sleigh Bells Ring is a heartwarming and entertaining story. Doris and Jess may have been friends for a long time, even before their respective spouses passed from their lives, and had no intention of their friendship developing into romance. Even after a hugh bump in their friendship road and with the push from their family members they let love for each other pull them together!
As I said this is a very sweet, heartwarming story! So grab this book
Judy Esposito
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance Book 1

Enjoyed this sweet story of two best friends, who have lost their spouses years ago and are now denying their feelings for each other. Loved the characters, the romance and the humor written in this book. I love that the author was able to write how true the feelings are, of the guilt of falling in love with another. I especially loved the little piglet, Pigtails. Will be following the series. JudyE
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance by Shanna Hatfield is the first book in a new series. What a start it is off too! This is the story of Doris Grundy and Jess Milne. Doris and Jess have been neighbour and friends for over half their life. Both have lost their spouses and Jess has come to realize he has more then friendship on his mind when it comes to Doris. This is where the problem lies, even through Doris also has "more" then friendship feeling for Jess she is too scared to admit it. She feels lik ...more
Julia David
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this older couple romance story. Jess and Doris have been friends for many years and their spouses have been gone for a long time, but why does it feel as if Doris is betraying her husband? Jess had already worked through those emotions and decided it was time that he move on with his life. For Doris, it is taking longer. Jess has been trying to get Doris' attention, but she just refuses to see him as anything but a friend. Will Jess be able to change her mind? ...more
InD'tale Magazine

“Sleigh Bells Ring”, a beautiful Christmas story, convinces the reader that anything can happen during this magical season.

Read full review in the 2019 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
2, and I just can't round up. There's a lot I liked about this one, but I just never really connected to Doris, so struggled to really see the romance in this one.

This is a spin-off from Blown Into Romance, the story of Blayne's mother Doris (h) and their next door neighbor Jess (H). Ok, so ranch next door, not quite "next door" like you might think. They've been neighbors and friends for decades. He's a widower, and she's widowed. He's ready to find love again, and thinks he has with Doris, but
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Lovin'A Cowboy Romance

I happen to love a romance that features an older couple – and I do mean an older couple. Jess and Doris have been neighbors for years, each married the love of their lives… and lost them to unexpected deaths years ago. Each has lived life through their community, her grandson, his daughter and the easy friendship that they had shared as couples for years. Now things are changing. Jess has reached the point in life where he can still love his Julia but also hav
Ann-Maree Howarth
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Any time is a great time to read a Shanna Hatfield book but a Christmas book in November is just the best to get you in the Christmas spirits. I just love a romance with an older couple and this one is one of the best I have read as it as, humour, wit, friendship, caring, family, must most of all love. Love knows no age in this story about two neighbours that find themselves attracted to each other. A wonderful holiday romance that will melt your heart and reunite us with Brooke and Blayne again ...more
Julie Barrett
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance by Shanna Hatfield
Story starts out with Jess and he's recuperating from knee surgery and his daughter Janet is there to help him.
She meets the boy she grew up with next door, Blayne and her conspire to get his mother and her father together.
They were both married couples til hey lost their loves and were there for the other during the hard times. He knows now his dead wife wants him to be happy, even if it means marrying another.
Dorris can't get over her spouse dying
Dorothy Roller
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how I loved this sweet and wonderful novella just in time for the Christmas holiday. This story has everything in it, two almost octogenarians who are both widowed, feisty and act like the hate each other when they used to be great friends.
She has been set up by her grandson to take care of their neighbor who she seems to detest and doesn’t want to do it but she is stuck.
He is feeling the same way and doesn’t want this crazy woman around him but he does need help.
This story had me laughing s
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
You're never too old to fall in love!

My rating is 4.5 stars

Another fun Christmas novella by Shanna Hatfield!

I really enjoy stories where the hero is completely in love with the heroine and not afraid to let her know. And handsome Jess was in love with Doris. The fact that their families had been close made this even sweeter, in my opinion.

It was clever and fun the way the author carried on the pig theme from her previous book set in Romance. Doris’ grandson, Blayne, and his new wife, Brooke, sti
Jackie Wright
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Christmas is my favourite time of year so as soon as I saw the title of this new series by Shanna Hatfield I knew I needed to read it, this was a win win for me a new author and a series set in the most magical time of year and after finishing Sleigh Bells Ring I will certainly be checking out other books by this author. This book was like a breath of fresh air it’s about an older couple who have both lost their spouses finding love again. Doris and Jess have been neighbors for many years and th ...more
Karen Hadley
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I’ve said it again and again, I haven’t read a book by Shanna Hatfield that I haven’t loved. Her new release “Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance” did not disappoint. This book releases on November 1, 2018 and can be pre-ordered here on Amazon

I love romance, yet often in fiction books the characters are young. Shanna introduces “love at any age” is beautiful. This book is just that kind of story. You’ll met Jess, who is persistent in his pursuit and Doris, who refuses to even think about
claire jones
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A slightly more "mature" romance, our heroes are a pair of cantankerous grandparents, former friends, both widowed, who have had a falling out.
This book contains a lot of humour, Doris and Jess throw barbed comments at each other, that could offend if they weren't really old friends! This book is the start of a new series set in the town of Romance, and features couples from the former series set in this town, but in no way does this affect the enjoyment of the story if you have not read these b
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
The magic of Christmas is at it again in this sweet love story!
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance brings two old friends who have each lost their spouses years earlier together to find love again.
Jess and Doris have known each other for years. They were part of a wonderful friendship between them and their spouses but now that they have each been widowed for years Jess wants to take that friendship to a new level. Doris still feels guilty, like she is betraying the memory of her late husband. Jess ha
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this Christmas
book. It's a delightful & touching story.
Doris, has been a widow for 10 years.
Jess, is her long time good friend
& neighbor. He has been a widower for many years. He is still a very handsome man. Doris & Jess, were there for each other, when their spouses passed away.
Jess is ready to give love another chance.
Doris feels she is to old to love again.
When she is asked to care for Jess
after his surgery, Doris begrudgingly agrees to help him. Jess still wants
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
💞 Doris and Jess 💞

Wow! This was a great story! So great I got nothing else done today as I couldn't put it down lol

Jess...I can picture him almost as a Sam Elliot type of guy! Still a hunk even in his 70's. Doris reminds me of Shirley McClain...spunky, snarky and a little bit of a firecracker lol

I can understand Doris' reluctance at wanting to pursue a relationship with him. She felt she was betraying her deceased husband, Glen's memory. Thanks to the help of her grandson Blayne and his wife, th
Tracy Sylvester
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Short, sweet, clean, second chance at romance with a little bit of Christmas miracle sprinkled in. Such incredible characters and story. Jess Milne a neighboring rancher lost his wife many years ago. Doris Grundy lost her husband as well and the long time friends. Jess begins to discover that his friendship with Doris has slipped into love and wants a relationship with her. Doris is emotionally struggling with her feelings for Jess and her devotion to her wedding vows. You won't want to put this ...more
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is one of the best Christmas stories I have read, it is a great story about two people who are widows and their families have been friends for most of their lives. Jess realizes he is in love with Doris. Doris was his late wife's best friend, and he was friends with her late husband and they live near each other. will she be able to let love in and not feel she is betraying her late husband? love Blayne and Brooke and love the piggies I was given a copy of the book but this is an honest rev ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sleigh Bells Ring in Romance by Shanna Hatfield is a refreshing story of two older people who have a second chance at love. Jess and Doris are neighbors and they, along with their spouses, have been close friends for years. But now their spouses are both deceased. Jess has decided we wants to marry Doris, but he has a hard time convincing her. It’s a sweet quick book that will be sure to delight you. It’s never too late for love.

I received an advance copy of this book and voluntarily reviewed it
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An uplifting romance of two couples, with delightful piglets, and fun Christmas traditions - tree lighting, hot chocolate, hot cider, German sausages, and sleigh rides. Listen to these sleigh bells ring, bringing hope and cheer and the promise of love. Anything is possible if you truly believe with all your heart. As a retiree, I enjoyed the banter between Doris and Jess, who was homebound due to knee surgery. Loved the historical references to the 1970s. Celebrate Christmas virtually during thi ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful story of acwidowvvand widower finding love, if the woman wasn't so stubborn. When she is volunteered by her son to help her widowed neighbor recover from surgery. The sparks are flying and their banter is funny. I loved the scene with the pink piglet bath sponge, it was hilarious. You will have a good time reading this story. I received a complimentary copy and I am voluntarily reviewing. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this sweet romance!!!! It’s a short read but well worth the time. When people lose their spouse after a long wonderful marriage we tend to forget that it’s OK to love again. Jess and Doris have to overcome the feeling that they are betraying the partner that has gone on to heaven. Also, as I get older I really appreciate reading about “mature” adults! Don’t miss this great read by Shanna Hatfield!
Shirley Linn
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful, heartwarming story about finding love after loss. Jess and Doris had been friends for along time. They had both lost their spouses and were walking through life alone until they each saw what was right in front of them. This is an amazing, heartwarming story with wonderful characters and a beautiful storyline that will melt your heart. If you only have time to read one book this holiday season THIS IS IT.
Vickie Raynor
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A cute heartwarming romance between an older couple. Both Jess and Doris lost their spouses and were always close friends, until suddenly they weren’t. This was a healing story and battling with feeling that cheating feeling. One of the things I loved most was the comedy. Older people always have that unfiltered way and speak what they think. This was no exception. I was laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Great book, easy read and an all around feel good book.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have read recently. I think it’s because it is about people falling in love in their 70s….my age. The bantering back and forth between the couple is fantastic. Everybody around them is playing matchmaker and that adds to the fun. This is a GREAT series! Christmas in Romance is the series. Multiple authors.
Great job Shanna Hatfield.
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A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a best-selling author of clean romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor.

In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her histor

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