Christmas in Evergreen: Bells are Ringing
Published by: Hallmark Publishing
Publication date: November 2nd 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Holiday, Romance
Welcome back to Evergreen,
the town built on Christmas wishes…
And learn what happens
after one snow-globe wish comes true.
Life is going great for Hannah, really. She’s fallen in love with her best friend, her brother is getting married, and she’s looking forward to another festive Christmas in Evergreen. Still, between her job, taking charge of the choir, and being the town’s jill-of-all-trades, she’s feeling uninspired…especially when Elliot starts to question his own role in the town.
Hannah finds fresh inspiration in the brand-new Evergreen Christmas Museum, and she volunteers for their storytelling project. When she interviews her fellow Evergreenians, however, she learns that not everyone wants the museum around; specifically Mr. Cooper who owns a third of the building. As Hannah finds herself with more and more responsibilities, and as her relationships with Elliot and her family grow strained, she starts to wonder about what she really wants. Can her love and newly-found purpose survive the changes that loom after the holidays are over?
Before I begin my review I quickly want to thank Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of this book tour and for graciously providing a eGalley of the book to read for my review spot today.
Christmas in Evergreen: Bells are Ringing is based on a Hallmark original movie. This is the fourth book in the series but you can read them as stand-alone. The previous books are Christmas in Evergreen, Letters to Santa, and Tidings of Joy.
Bells are Ringing’s main characters are Hannah and Elliott. I should mention that it’s more of Hannah’s story as it’s told in her perspective the most with a little of Elliott thrown in. But there is a secondary storyline and that is of her brother Thomas and his upcoming wedding to Michelle who is the town’s mayor.
Evergreen is a cozy little town where everyone knows everyone. They strive to make it a magical place for visitors when they flock to the town during Christmas. One of the attractions is the magical snowglobe where everyone goes to make their wish. Do they come true? No one will ever know.
Hannah has lived in Evergreen her entire life. She is like a jill of all trades and she never says no when someone asks for help. Hannah is very much a part of this town. She is always busy doing something. Elliott moved to Evergreen when he was 10 years old and when he first laid eyes on Hannah he know she was the one for him. They have been best friends since they were younger and he finally made the move and asked Hannah out. They have been dating for a year. On the outside things seem perfect but are they really?
Things were good when Elliott takes over the Tinker Shop from Hannah’s parents because they were always together and it’s what brought them together but now it seems like she is way too busy and it leaves Elliott questioning his role in the relationship and in the town. He needs to talk to Hannah and he isn’t sure how she will take it. Little does Elliott know but Hannah is feeling the same way. Will this relationship survive? How will Hannah react to Elliott’s news?
While all that is happening Michelle is in the midst of planning her wedding plus doing her job as a mayor. She is hoping things will go off without a hitch but we all know that won’t happen because a huge storm is rolling in and Thomas is delayed. You can’t help but feel bad because we all want a wedding to go on without issues. I loved that Michelle and Thomas were looking at the positive side and not the negative. I was really rooting that this wedding would happen despite all that is thrown at them.
After reading this I definitely want to pick up the previous books to see what they are like. I also want to see the movies. I think it would just add another element to the story.
Have you read the previous books? Have you seen the movies?
Lacey Baker, a Maryland native, lives with her husband, three children, two grandchildren and English Bulldog in what most would call Suburban America–a townhouse development where everybody knows each other and each other’s kids. Family cook-outs, reunion vacations, and growing up in church have all inspired Lacey to work towards her dreams and to write about the endurance of family and the quest to find everlasting love. To date she has written in several genres including small town romance, YA paranormal (as Artist Arthur), a cozy mystery series titled Rumors and adult paranormal (as A.C. Arthur).
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