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Silver Bells

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  3,863 ratings  ·  203 reviews
The enchantment of the holidays meets the pure storytelling genius of New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice, as she presents readers with a special gift for the season and a Christmas classic in the making…

On a quaint, snowy Chelsea street, librarian Catherine Tierney and a widowed Christmas tree seller from Nova Scotia will rediscover the magic of the season where
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2004)
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Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this story. My first time reading this author. It was a very heartwarming story that takes place during the Christmas season.
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit fans looking for a fast, heartwarming Christmas read
For a book that was approximately 200 pages, the plot was surprisingly complex. And by complex, what I actually mean is coincidentally complex, because by the end, everyone and everything was neatly tied up with a Christmas bow and a heaping helping of Christmas magic.

Now, let’s try a game. How many Christmas clichés can you count?

Christopher Byrne, aka Christy – Widower. Christmas tree farmer. Canadian. Travels to New York City with his children every December to sell trees in Chelsea. Expect
Jul 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Update - 2020

Still found this a charming, easy-to-read Christmas tale. While nothing remarkable, this book is a cozy and enjoyable read--perfect for some light reading during the holidays! I love the thought of Christmastime in NYC!

Initial review - 2010

There is just something about this semester that has me craving brain candy and sweet-and-sappy stories. This is obviously not going to become the next literary classic, but if you're looking for a story to get yourself in the holiday mood, I reco
Jaycee Limutau
So this book could have been so much better. I just felt like the author (whom I do love) left out the heart in this was almost there at times but the characters still left me flat. Maybe it was just me? This book was turned into a Hallmark movie so maybe my expectations were too high but the relationships felt forced
and unrealistic (and that's from someone who enjoys fantasy, especially in love). And by the end I was bothered by how it was all wrapped up. No full answers to what the
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really loved this sweet holiday story.
I’ve read Luanne Rice before and think she writes well. She’s an author I sometimes choose when looking for a heart warming read with interesting characters and some complexity. There’s often some romance involved but it’s definitely not Harlequinesque and doesn’t include any heavy duty love scenes, neither of which are my cup of tea. Rice focuses more on peoples’ inter relationships in her stories.

When looking through holiday reads on display at the library, I saw Silver Bells and thought I’d g
Christopher "Christy" Byrne is a tree farmer from Nova Scotia, who travels to NYC every year to sell his trees. His wife died four years ago and he'd been raising his son and daughter and trying to keep the business on track. Then, the previous year, his son ran away right before they were to return to Nova Scotia. Now he and his daughter are back to sell trees and are hoping to find Danny. Catherine Tierney's husband died three years ago right before Christmas and it's always the toughest time ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
An old favorite at Christmas. Love the background story of missing what is right in front of you. Take the time to look up!
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
had a hard time getting used to Christy as a man's name.
Dec 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
For a book that became a Hallmark Movie, the romance in this was incredibly lacking. The main characters were not relatable at all, and I found myself hating them both more and more throughout the book. Catherine is sad, that's her personality. Christy (that's his name) is looking for his son, that's his personality. Christy is just a horrible parent in general, which makes supporting his motivation to find his son very difficult as a reader. These one-note characters were the worst part of the ...more
Aug 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Blech. Where to start? If you are going to write a story involving police, learn the rudimentaries of police procedure. For instance, if someone reports spotting a runaway, you don't send several cars with sirens blaring to apprehend him.
The characters were flat, I couldn't relate to any of them. The storyline was fuzzy at best. Waste of time.
Kay Cardona
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A quick read. It shows the importance of values .
C.J. Miller
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a charming Christmas story.
Marie Christensen
Dec 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book,it was a quick read. I didn’t care for how it didn’t include the outcome with Danny & his girlfriend
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and sappy with a touch of holiday magic--would be a great Hallmark movie. But I liked it a lot!
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
what can one say about Christmas novels? I am going thru a phase of not being much interested in reading, which is so not like me, but when I do, I am gravitating toward "fluff" and there hasn't been a Christmas book yet that wasn't fluff. To me the two main characters are Christy and Catherine, a widow and a widower, one forced to move on because of his children and his forever working and the other stuck in her grief waiting for her husband to come back, a declaration he made on his death bed. ...more
Oct 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Christine Mathieu
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite Christmas stories (the TV movie with Anne Heche is also worth watching).
Year after year in December a small family from Nova Scotia drives to NYC with Christmas trees to sell. The son wants to become a photographer, but his father wants him to take over the family business.
Now one of my favourite holiday books. hokey yes, but I like the NYC locale
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kim by: paperbackswap/cynthia fisher adams
Shelves: books-to-screen
loved the book and movie
Lori Brockelbank
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Silver bells is very well written but it is too predictable and more sugary sweet than a tub of frosting. If you need a quick read then this is the book for you.
Shelley Alongi
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nice read when you can't fall asleep. It's too perfect without being too perfect. You pretty much know how this is going to end, its getting there that's what keeps you reading. I liked it. ...more
Phylisha Stone
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A nice christmas story, but also a little predictable.
Nicole Green
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Took me a little while to get into this one. Lots of characters to figure out right away. Wasn't what I had expected at first, but had a great story and ending! ...more
Chloe (Always Booked)
This book was good but took me forever to read and just wasn’t very engaging. I don’t know if it was me or the book but this one was just okay for me. I loved the New York setting and I really got the wintery vibes. I just didn’t really feel emotional about any or the characters. I also hated that the main male characters name was Christy! It threw me off so much in the beginning. Overall, this one was cute with a bit of depth but nothing exceptional.

This book is about Christy. H
"People always made assumptions about other people's lives."

"I like bells. Bells are symbolic. They call people to devotion, to celebrations . . . They are powerful--tools of the spirit!"

"We're betting on love and happiness. And on the people who matter most. We think we have it all figured out, but when someone we care about--love with all our heart--lets us down, we lose our bets."

"We think we've seen it all before; we think we know it all by heart. But we forget. It's so easy to forget. Or no
JoAnn M
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
Widowed librarian Catherine passes Christmas tree farmer Christy's NYC holiday tree lot everyday, and one day she witnesses an argument between Christy and his teenage son, Danny. Danny subsequently runs away and is not to be found. Christy and his daughter return to Nova Scotia to their farm. A year passes by and Danny is still missing. But this year, Catherine and Christy form a friendship that enriches both their lives. This book is a little more intense/serious than I've been reading lately, ...more
LInda L
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
Every cliche imaginable is in this book, but somehow it turned out OK. Deathly sweet, but even with that -- it was nice. I'm going to try to find some of Rice's books not owned by my library system. Probably can't get the older ones, but we'll see. This story was extremely unlikely, as were the characters, but..............there you are. I think I must have seen the movie, because I kind of remembered what happened to the money. Liked that "new concept" of Looking Up. ...more
Dec 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a sweet, slow read… on a good way. I am used to books that suck you in and you just have to finish it but this one did capture my interest and I wanted to know what happened because I cared for the characters. It is difficult to write a book that keeps your interest but on a slower track and this one did that for me. I did want more so I know what happens later on but that is almost every book.
Leah Reick
This was my first re-read of Silver Bells in probably 10 years. I remember having very strong positive feelings about it during that first read. I love Christmas. I love the idea of Christmas in NYC. Silver Bells is one of my favorite carols. And yet . . . this re-read didn't spark the same warm fuzzies. I'm older and wiser (debatable), I guess.

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Luanne Rice is the New York Times bestselling author of thirty-six novels including THE SHADOW BOX, LAST DAY, BEACH GIRLS, PRETEND SHE'S HERE, and THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF SISTERS. Five of her books have been made into movies and mini-series, many have been New York Times bestsellers and two of her pieces have been featured in off-Broadway theatre productions. She lives on the Connecticut shoreline. ...more

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