Let's all get in the mood for Christmas with this blog tour and giveaway for Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Tours.
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas
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 great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.
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Phyllis Clark Nichols’ character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.
Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.
She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.
Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.
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Let me start by saying, this book is amazing! Usually I wait till the end of my review to say that, but I highly recommend purchasing this book for the Christmas season. This story is lovely, because it shows the depth of love a human heart can truly give—there is nothing one cannot do for another person. Christmas is the season of giving, and it is so important to remember that. The characters in this book showcase the true spirit of doing for others—even when nothing in return will be received.
I love how the author takes the reader on a journey from the present to the past—while the present is still sprinkled within the story. This technique helps the reader to better understand the main character, Julia Russell, who steps into a world outside of herself. Her curiosity and brilliant mind lead her to meeting someone who will change her life forever.
In talking about this book, I do not want to give too much away, because I want you to read it. Just know that this text touches on all the feelings of Christmas. If you love stories like It’s a Wonderful Life, then you will love this book. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Justread Tours for my copy.
- a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
- a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors
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