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Book Review | Every Time A Bell Rings | Carmel Harrington

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Paperback: 416 pages

Publisher: HarperImpulse (19 Nov. 2015)
ISBN-10: 0008156565
ISBN-13: 978-0008156565

An angel gets its wings…

Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.

As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.

Hence, Christmas is cancelled.

So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.

But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…

Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?

The beginning of the story was unique.  How many novels do you know that start with a HEA moment?  No, me neither!  This would have to be the one that was on the top of my list for the most romantic prologue ever.  I loved the symbol of the tiny silver bell 🙂

Going back to a time 17 years earlier when Belle is a child and being taken to her forever home with Tess drew me in.  Not only does Carmel have the profile of a foster child exactly right, Belle as a child is true to life too.  I loved the childhood belief and trust that Belle and another child have with each other – such a special friendship.  Tess is an awesome foster mother creating the environment for Belle to grow and flourish.

The emotional scars from childhood and adulthood drive Belle subconsciously.  There are some things that she needs to understand before she can move on and who better to do that than Nora?  Can experiencing the world from a different perspective have the impact on Belle to change her mindset?

I’ve loved every thing about Every Time A Bell Rings.  Carmel’s writing style is engaging and makes the story flow.  Each time I had to put it down, I was so eager to get back to reading and being a part of Belle’s life.  I loved the plot, characters, relationships, emotions and the realisations.  Perfect.

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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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