Book #39 in 2005
Title: Silver Bells
Author: Luanne Rice
Genre: Womens Fiction
My Rating: 3/5
Ok I don't say this often, but the movie was better then the book!
I didn't hate the book by no means, it was a nice holiday story... just wasn't what I was hoping for.
First it seemed to repeat the same info over and over and it wasn't anything that was important to the story itself, just things like the color of Christy's eyes and the glasses that Catherine wore. And then the inconsistencies bugged me as well.. In chapter 2 it said Lucy was nine years old, but in chapter 11 they said that Lucy had been three when her Uncle Brian passed away (and that was three years before the story took place) so therefore Lucy would be six not nine years old!
Maybe I'm just being picky lol but I also hate the way they change books for movies, I won't discuss what they changed since it will ruin the book for anyone intending to read it. I would suggest reading the book first which is what I normally do, but since I hadn't known about the book till I had watched the movie on TV this time I did it backwards.
Taking the easy way out lol here is the synopsis from Amazon:
A Christmas tree farmer from Nova Scotia and a lonely New York widow come together in this Christmas weepie by bestseller Rice (Beach Girls, etc.). Catherine Tierney, a corporate librarian who lives in a 19th-century townhouse on a quaint street in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, used to love Christmas until her husband, Brian, died of cancer. Each year, she awaits a sign from him that'll let her know he's watching over her. Christy Byrne, a widower from Nova Scotia, is in Manhattan with his 12-year-old daughter, Bridget, to sell his Christmas trees. Every night he leaves his boarding house in Chelsea to go looking for his estranged 16-year-old son, Danny, who ran off the year before. When Danny resurfaces and it's revealed that he's been living on the streets with the help of Catherine and her friend Lizzie, they all realize that their paths have crossed many times, and that they've touched each other's lives more than they could imagine. Thrown together in their shared concern for Danny, Christy and Catherine help each other forget their troubled pasts and move toward the future together. Rice's romanticized vision of Manhattan is sharpened by local detail, and her heartwarming Christmas story will please readers who like a nice dose of pathos with their holiday fare.