About the Book
Book: The Bells of New Cheltenham
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, Christmas romance
Release Date: October 15, 2020
Who knew that Christmas carols were love songs?
Justine Driscoll sure didn’t. Peace on earth? She’s heard of that. Holy and joyful? Something about that, too. But love songs sung by a bride about the birth of her bridegroom? That’s just weird stuff right there.
Weird or not, though, once Justine decides to enter a short story contest using a Christmas carol as the inspiration, she discovers love in the carols she investigates, in the story an ex-Army guy tells, and in the little tourist town of New Cheltenham.
“But what do the words mean?”
Ken Torsney is used to fighting for causes he believes in. He just never imagined he’d go from Army “warrior” to spiritual warrior in the span of one question from a stranger. Justine is like no girl he’s ever known— hungry for the gospel even as she rejects it.
He’s falling for her, and that’s bound to break his heart.
Love is in the air in New Cheltenham this Christmas. Again.
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About the Author
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
More from Chautona Havig
3 Things That Make My Christmas Heart Sing
I didn’t have a ghost of a chance.
The message popped up in my messenger at exactly the moment I sat down. This is significant, because I get dozens of Facebook messages every day, and often, they get buried when a new one supersedes it. So, as you can see, it’s a near miracle that I ever saw the message at all.
The message offered me a spot in a collection of novellas—a Christmas collection. Yep. Not a ghost of a chance.
Still, I tried to be responsible, you know? After all, I had quite a few books due at the same time already. Bookers on the Rocks, The Last Gasp, my Christmas Lights Collection “noella,” and my CrossRoads Collection “noella.” And those didn’t include anything I wanted to write in spring or summer.
Then she added another layer of temptation. This collection had a theme. That theme? Christmas carol inspired romances.
Have I ever mentioned how much I love music, Christmas, and specifically, Christmas music?
The other authors in the set had already made their carol selections. She sent a list of those that had already been claimed. I read them with great trepidation. See, I already had two carols I’d want to use in the story for this collection that I hadn’t even agreed to participate in yet.
No one had chosen “The Holly and the Ivy” or “The Bells on Christmas Day.”
That ghost slowly transformed into the ghost of my resistance.
All that remained was for me to come up with a story idea. I mean, why join a collection if you can’t even decide what to do with it?
That’s when it happened.
There’s always this moment when the first idea germinates, sprouts, and pushes up through the fertile soil of my imagination. My favorite moment. And it hit me. What if the theme for the collection was my story idea? My character could enter a contest that requires a short story based on a Christmas carol.
And once I had that idea, the rest came in a whoosh! Mitchell, from The Ghosts of New Cheltenham could be sick to death of this annual ghost storytelling contest and decide to create his own contest. And then… well…
The Bells of New Cheltenham was born.
If you’ve not read The Ghosts of New Cheltenham, you’ll follow this “noella” just fine. It is meant to be a stand-alone. However, if you want a richer reading experience, I recommend reading The Ghosts of New Cheltenham, followed by the companion short story, “The Ghastly Therapist” first. Both are available through Kindle Unlimited. Additionally, if you send your receipt (or a screenshot of the final page of the eBook from Kindle Unlimited) for the Melodies of Christmas Love collection to firstname.lastname@example.org, I’ll send YOU the bonus short story—the one Justine Driscoll writes in this “noella.”
But I promised to tell you three things that make my heart sing at Christmas.
- The way people are often just a little kinder and a little more giving and understanding.
- The joy that seems to fill every part of life—family, friends, parties, presents, church services, reading, singing…
- The music that plays everywhere—and often sings of a Savior’s love.
What makes your heart sing at Christmas?
The Bells of New Cheltenham by Chautona Havig belongs to the Shopkeepers of Cheltenham series. This is the first book that I have read in this series, and I did not have any issues following along. I have read several of Chautona Havig's books this year and have always loved every single one of them. She always crafts such original characters and storylines. This book was a heartwarming read.
I am on a Christmas kick. It is November 8 - and I want to put my Christmas stuff up. I mean, it's 2020 - anything goes? Reading this book with so much Christmas did not help things. I also want to go to this cute little tourist town, New Cheltenham. The author has such a way of writing that you feel like you are standing there watching everything unfold.
Meet - Justine. Justine enters a short story contest. She is struggling a lot with money - and sometimes she only eats once a day. When she is introduced into the book - it broke my heart. My heart went out to her. She uses a Christmas carol as an inspiration. However, she pushes back when anyone tries to tell her the real meaning of Christmas. She actually does not fully understand the carol. When she investigates the meaning of the carol she chooses - she finds herself in the tourist town of New Cheltenham. She has a heck of a time getting there - with bus issues. Doing so has her run into Ken. He is former Army. He know is a Christian. He feels drawn to Justine. He does not understand why she keeps pushing the message of Jesus away. Ken knows that she needs to hear the message, so that she can fully understand the carol she is writing about - but she keeps rejecting it. Can he continue to try? Can he try and tell someone he is falling in love with?
Now, the author never writes oooey gooey romances. I love that about her. This book is a sweet book. I loved reading the characters - I also loved reading the Christmas story. It's a great reminder that above all else. God is in control. I am grateful that Jesus came to earth as a baby - lived like us - and then died for our sins. Chautona - It's because of this book that my Christmas stuff will be up early November. :)
I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program, all thoughts are my own.
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