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Christmas Bells: A Novel



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Author
Chiaverini, Jennifer
Descriptors
Choirs
Christmas Stories
Churches
Civil War
Faith
Historical Fiction-American
Poetry
Teachers
Location/Setting:
Cambridge, Mass.
Time Period:
1860s
2010s
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Summary
Two stories in one comprise "The Christmas Bells". One story revolves around Sophia, school music teacher and volunteer children’s choir director at St. Margaret’s Church, who is about to lose her teaching position. Lucas, the choir accompanist, is very interested in Sophia but reluctant to make his feelings known. The father of Alex and Charlotte, two talented choir members, is MIA in Afghanistan. The second story takes place during the 1860’s. This story revolves around Henry Wadsworth Longfellow who is mourning the death of his wife and trying to convince his son not to join the Union army. It showcases Longfellow’s poem “Christmas Bells” written in 1863. The poem is the basis for “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”, one of the songs Sophia's choir is practicing.
Critique
A heartfelt story of Christmases past and present.
ISBN
9780525955245
  iBistro
# of Pages
317
Published
2015
Formats
Reviewer's Initials: ED


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