It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Silver Bell Christmas (+ guest post)

Posted December 4, 2020 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, Christmas, giveaway, historical, It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) 2020, Jennifer Lynn Cary, romance / 19 Comments


today’s book: Silver Bell Christmas

Welcome to another post in my annual blog series spotlighting new and recently-released Christmas reads! (Over 50 this year – And I’m SO EXCITED about it!)

Christmas is only 21 days away (YAY!!!) and I think we all could benefit from some extra Christmas cheer this year, right? Continuing through just before Christmas, I’m going to spotlight several new/recent Christmasy releases. So… snuggle in, grab your fave hot beverage and comfiest blanket, turn on some Christmas tunes and start your bookish Christmas list! Oh… and did I mention there are GIVEAWAYS with EACH POST in this series??!! (Because authors are awesome!)

Today’s next book is a ‘retro historical’ novella set in 1970 – plus author Jennifer Lynn Cary shares her memories of her own Christmas in 1970!

SILVER BELL CHRISTMAS
SERIES:
Relentless #4
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
RELEASE DATE: November 17, 2020
PAGES: 143

She’s learning to live again…
…He wants to leave the past behind
Together they might find love’s second chance in their golden years.

Melanie’s life was filled with travel and excitement until the day she lost her family. She’s come home to heal but it’s taking a long time.

Ben has lived his whole life in Breadville, raising his son after his wife died. But now his son is grown and married. The old farm house rattles with empty echoes.

And then he got an idea.

Is it really dating if they are platonic friends?

How do you fall in love again after a great marriage?

Return to 1970 for Silver Bell Christmas and see if bells chime for this couple during their repeat adventure with Cupid in this Relentless Series novella by Jennifer Lynn Cary.

You won’t be able to resist this charming tale because love is sweeter the second time around.

 

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by Jennifer Lynn Cary, author of Silver Bell Christmas

An early Merry Christmas to you! My name is Jennifer Lynn Cary. In case you don’t know me, I write Christian historical fiction in a little niche I call Retro Historical. My most recent book, Silver Bell Christmas (Book 4 of The Relentless Series) occurs in 1970.

I remember those days so writing about them blends my imagination and memories.

Can you remember those days?

I’m from a midsized town in Indiana. We had a downtown I could walk to from the time I was allowed to go by myself. My best friend’s older brother landed the job one year of painting the windows for the Sears and Roebuck store that took up most of a city block. It was special to be in high school and get that job. I have to admit, I was impressed.

Think white Christmases and bell-ringing Santas on the corners. I’d save my allowance to Christmas shop at Kresge’s with the hopes there’d be some left in case I didn’t get what I wanted. One year I remember my mother and I took a bus to Indianapolis to go shopping. That would have been about 1962.

Hard to believe we had so few Christmases left.

My mother died of cancer in January of 1970. I was fourteen and the eldest of three. My dad relied on me a lot. That Christmas was the first without my mother and I felt the need to step up. I made another shopping trip to Indianapolis, this time with my best friend. Her brother had long graduated from high school and we’d just started. I found a beer stein that played “How Dry I Am” when you wound the key on the bottom. My sister and I felt Daddy deserved something in it. So we asked a friend if she could get us a beer. She didn’t drink (and to be fair, Daddy usually only had a beer once in a while) but had found a six-pack out behind a grocery by the dumpster while looking for boxes. About that same time she’d read an article on how beer was good for your hair, so since they were throwing it away, she could use it.

That was the beer she gave us.

I can still see Daddy’s face as he took that first swig. At seven in the morning when we opened gifts. That poor man. He said it was a little early and he’d try more later.

My characters don’t get into the same kind of trouble in Silver Bell Christmas though I did borrow a little from my life for the story. You’ll have to read it to find out.

Thank you for letting me share my memories with you. Wishing you a wonderful season filled with God’s peace.


Jennifer Lynn Cary likes to say you can take the girl out of Indiana, but you can’t take the Hoosier out of the girl. Now transplanted to the Arizona desert, this direct descendant of Davy Crockett and her husband of forty years enjoy time with the family where she shares tales of her small town heritage and family legacies with their grandchildren. You can contact Jennifer via her website www.jenniferlynncary.com

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Jennifer Lynn Cary is offering a print copy of Silver Bell Christmas to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Silver Bell Christmas by Jennifer Lynn Cary? Have you ever received a gift you couldn’t really use?

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19 responses to “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Reads) GIVEAWAY: Silver Bell Christmas (+ guest post)

  1. Kay Garrett

    Love inspirational stories. The cover on “Silver Bell Christmas” is one that would definitely draw my attention. Love stories about second chances and it intrigues me that this is a story of the 70’s. In the early 70’s is when I graduated, married and had my daughter. It would be fun to see if there are sights, events, food, etc that I can relate to from that time period. Most definitely on my TBR list and can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

  2. Roxanne C.

    I was a child in the ’70s, so I will definitely find this story retro, not historical. I loved the story she related about the gift she and her sister gave their father for Christmas 1970.

  3. Suzanne Sellner

    I enjoy reading novels about older couples and second chances. My mother remarried after my father died, and she said that without the responsibilities of raising children, the financial stresses, etc., second marriages are often extremely happy ones. I would love to read this book.

  4. Anne

    This story sounds captivating and unforgettable. The reason I want to read this wonderful story is because it resonates with me as I was married in 1970 and remember those days very well. This would be a treasure for me. I loved reading about the author and her life and experiences shopping for her family and life in the Midwest. I too live in the Southwest and I am a grandmother now.

  5. Lynn Brown

    I like the cover. I like that it is about finding love later in life. The blurb sounds good. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Diana Hardt

    Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. I like Christmas stories. Thank you for sharing.

  7. MS Barb

    The title caught my eye! I love the song, “Silver Bells” b/c when I was in Junior High band, (decades ago) I was the soloist on the glockenspiel, to echo, SILVER BELLS! 🙂

  8. Betty Curran

    I really enjoyed reading about her memories of the 70’s. I was a young mom at that time and I can visualize one of my children getting a similar gift for their dad.

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