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Yet again, RaeAnne Thayne has given us a book that warms the heart and stirs the soul. I did find several similarities between Sleigh Bells Ring and 2020's Christmas at Holiday House, which was fine because I loved that novel. From decorating the home for an elderly person, a large gathering of people, a heroine with child(ren), to a dashing well-to-do young businessman, this book has it all. RaeAnne's stories are always entertaining. Similarities or not, I always look forward to her tender, uplifting Christmas novels. Having enjoyed every minute of Sleigh Bells Ring, I did not want it to end. I recommend this novel wholeheartedly.
Sleigh Bells Ring is a wonderful, heartwarming story that just fills you up with all the charm of the holiday season. It's a beautifully written book that lays out the winter wonderland season wonderfully and makes the characters feel like friends. The story has all the feels of a Hallmark movie with cute kids, animals, and a sweet slow build romance. Definitely a book you will want to enjoy this holiday season. I highly recommend it.
I read holiday stories all year long. However, this is a book I would definitely reserve for the Christmas season! I has all the endearing spirit of the holiday season that I have come to expect from a Rae Anne Thayne book. Her characters are realistic, lovable, charming and yet flawed. They are all people that could live on your street or be people you know. That's why I relate to characters in her books and love them! Her settings are also fabulous. Lots of snow and mountains and all things holiday-centered. This story is also emotional in many ways as Tate Sheridan and his entire family, plus extended family make one last trip to their mountain ranch to say goodbye to a beloved grandfather who recently passed away. The family has been fractured for awhile but they are going to grant this wish of the grandmother who wants to have everyone together for the holidays. Tate is a busy executive who is now taking over for his grandfather and feels the weight. Annie McCade is the ranch manager and is very surprised when the family shows up. She already has a lot on her plate. Her brother is in jail. His children are in her care and now she has to deal with Tate's entire family at the ranch. Tate and Annie were once childhood friends but it's been many years since they've seen each other. They decide to make this last Christmas one to remember! And, oh how special it becomes - for everyone! I also loved each of the other characters. Their stories were just as important! Such a fabulous story! One to be re-read every Christmas!