Silent Days, Holy Night ~ Review and Giveaway

Silent Days, Holy Night
By Phyllis Clark Nichols

For 16 years Julia Russell has shared a special friendship with Henry Lafferty the Second. Julia met Mr. Lafferty when she was almost 11 (her words) through her father. The Russell family has been associated with the Lafferty family for many years with Julia's grandfather and father both employed as the family lawyer. Mr. Lafferty has been a recluse for the majority of his life due to his deafness and the injury that left him wheelchair bound.

But Mr. Lafferty isn't as the whispers around town describe him. He has a giving heart that only see the cans and not the cannots. He gives to those in need though they don't know who their benefactor is. Julia is determined to share the man she has come to call friend - letting others know that he isn't the scary monster their rumors have turned him into.

Silent Days, Holy Night is told from the present day as Julia prepares for the upcoming Christmas and a special Christmas Gala at Emerald Crest (the Lafferty home) and flashes back to Julia's first meeting with Mr. Lafferty and their friendship that grows into a special first Christmas that will forever change their lives.

If you are looking for a feel-good Christmas book that won't leave with a depressed aftertaste you will love Silent Days, Holy Night which celebrates the joy of both the season and the giving heart. Julia is one of those children who knows or wants to know everything (or as her grandparents say she's a 40-year-old child) but she has a caring heart.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I offer my honest opinion - all thoughts expressed are my own.

Let's all get in the mood for Christmas with this blog tour and giveaway for Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Tours.
Title: Silent Days, Holy NightAuthor: Phyllis Clark NicholsPublisher: Gilead PublishingRelease Date: October 30, 2018Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas
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.
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Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.
Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and cofounder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.
She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.
Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.
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(1) winner will receive (US only):
  • a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
  • a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors
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