Sunday, 25 December 2016

Silver Bells At Moonglow by Deborah Garner

Silver Bells At Moonglow by Deborah Garner
Published in America by Cranberry Cove Press on the 2nd December 2016.

How I got this book:
Gift from the author via Beck Valley Book Tours

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christmas at the Timberton Hotel arrives each year with a unique set of guests, some returning, some new. When this holiday brings a celebrity seeking reprieve, sisters who are distant yet closer to each other than they think, a widow approaching a new horizon, and an eclectic smattering of local townsfolk and visiting relatives, the season is certain to be eventful. Add in a hint of romance and there's more than snow in the air around the small Montana town.
Elegant decor and exquisite cuisine from resident artist and chef, Mist, form a backdrop to much needed camaraderie, bringing strangers and friends together. When the last note of Christmas carols has faded away, the soft whisper of silver bells from the front door's wreath will usher guests and townsfolk alike back into the world with hope for the coming year.

Silver Bells At Moonglow is set exactly a year after Mistletoe At Moonglow - even though there has only been a couple of weeks between my readings of the two books. In a way, I wish I had left this second volume until next year because reading it did feel very much like returning to friends and I think I would identify even more strongly with the scenario by visiting Timberton each Christmas. Hopefully Garner will have a third installment ready for next year!

Again Garner creates a perfect Christmas atmosphere and I love how she takes time to describe colours, scents and sounds within a short novella. The food sounds divine too! If the Timberton Hotel is based on a real place, I want to go there soon! As for this year's Moonglow guests, I would have liked to know more about the antagonism between the sisters. Its cause was hinted at, but not really explained. Also what did go on between Maisie and The Parents? The various romances are nicely portrayed and I like that the Christmas tale is satisfyingly completed, but with a couple of loose (tinselly) strands left open towards the future. As with Mistletoe At Moonglow, Silver Bells At Moonglow is a lovely seasonal novella which, if you want to get away from all the fuss, is perfect to while away a couple of post-dinner armchair hours.

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