Silent Days, Holy Night
The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house . . .
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.
Phyllis Clark Nichols grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in Georgia and weaves her Southern culture into character-driven stories that explore profound human questions. She is a classically trained musician and enjoys art, books, nature, cooking, travel, and ordinary people. After retiring as a cable network executive, Phyllis began leading mission teams to orphanages in Guatemala and now serves on three nonprofi t boards, where she works with others who are equally passionate about bringing hope and light to those who need it most. Phyllis and her husband live in the Texas Hill Country.
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Book Review by Bree Herron
A sweet holiday story that is great for reading aloud with the family or silently to yourself in front of the Christmas tree. It is heartwarming, touching and a great example of the season. I love that the main character (Julia) is a child that certainly knows more than most eleven-year-olds do, her charming phrases and personality make her an instant hit with readers. Through this travel back through memories, Julia shows readers that there is more to the holiday season than meets the eye and that even those that have been fictionalized deserve a chance at having friends and a holiday.
This reminded me of Cindy Loo Who from The Grinch (Jim Carey version) where Cindy is seeking the meaning behind Christmas and bringing the community together with the Grinch. I love that this story is marketable to all ages and to families to read together. It is refreshing to have a holiday story done in the manner that Phyllis Clark Nichols used and the talented character that makes readers see a different light in the season.
**DISCLAIMER: I was provided an opportunity to read this book as an Advanced Reader Copy in return for a fair and honest review.
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