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5 stars for The Bells of St. Dickens by @JudyKentrus #sweetromance #holidayromance #bookreview

Title: The Bells of St. Dickens

Author: Judy Kentrus

Genre: Sweet Holiday Romance

Book Blurb:

Karla Sorensen’s dream was to restore the bells in the former church in downtown Dickens. She feels a strong connection since great, great, Grandfather Sorenson was the first pastor in 1870.

Time is running out on her two-year project. To raise the money for the repairs, Karla has been doing online visits as Mrs. Claus. Her worries escalate when her online visitations begin to dwindle. And then she learns her competition is the Grinch.

Sebastian Nielson is a single father, raising his six-year-old daughter and teenage son. One woman has always held a special place in his heart, Karla Sorensen. She ended their high school love when he left for college. To this day, he doesn’t know why.

As the music teacher at the Dickens High School, he has a cracker-jack jazz ensemble that he entered into state competitions. The instruments are old, and there isn’t any money in the budget to replace them. Unbeknownst to anyone, he’s been earning money to purchase new equipment by doing online impersonations of the Grinch.

It will take the spirit of Christmas for Karla and Sebastian to rediscover first love and opposing sides can work together to make the bells chime.

My Review:

Can Karla and Sebastian work together to let the bells of Christmas ring out?

I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading. I can tell you, once I began, I was hooked. The writing drew me in with its descriptive, quick wit, and quirky characters. I truly enjoyed everything about this book.

There were a few romance tropes offered here, all of them were my reading jams. Small-town romance. Second chance romance. Christmas romance. Some might call it also enemies to lovers, but I don’t see it. It’s more rivals than enemies romance.

The romance plus the sparring carried the plot. Every emotion and thought was beautifully portrayed. While reading, I fell in love right along with the characters. The romance was also genuine which added to my delight.

The Bells of St. Dickens is a fun holiday romance I recommend to all. Give yourself a treat and pick up this gem.

My Rating: 5 stars

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Author Biography:

Judy Kentrus, Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Seasoned Romance, Historical Romance

I’ve always been a romantic at heart and I married my high school sweetheart. I make my home in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. Before I let the dog out, I make sure there aren’t any bears around. I’m a mom with two grown children who have given me six grandchildren. Two live with me and the other four live in Florida. I visit them twice a year.

We love to travel. Many of the places we’ve visited have inspired me to use as a storyline. I loved my land/sea tour of Alaska so much, I wrote Frozen Hearts, a romantic suspense that re-creates the entire trip. I live fifteen minutes from the Delaware Water Gap. A Timeless Kiss, the third book in my US Park Ranger series, is based on the troubled history of the national recreation area. I never know what will give me an inspiration, but my mind is always working.

I can hear you asking the question, does she ever stop writing? That’s a Yes! When I’m not giving couples their happily-ever-after, you can find me in the kitchen, baking, especially cookies. I’ve been dubbed the cookie queen by my family and friends. You’ll find a new recipe every month on my website.

Want to find out more about my books and what’s coming? Be sure to sign up for my newsletter, via my website. My stories are fun, sexy, romances that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love.

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Reviewed by: Sam

3 comentarios

Barbara Bettis
07 nov 2022

Delightful review for a delightful-sounding book. Wishing you all the best.

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Anastasia Abboud
Anastasia Abboud
07 nov 2022

A beautiful holiday romance - right up my alley! And cookies! Judy, what are some Christmas cookies that you enjoy baking?

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Liz Flaherty
Liz Flaherty
07 nov 2022

Lovely review! I love Dickens romances and I really love that title, too.

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