Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
Guest review by Julie Williams
This emotionally charged story is not your run of the mill Christmas read so please don’t expect fun & laughter all the way.
It is set in Dublin and inspired by the film It’s A Wonderful Life, which I must admit, I have not seen but it will be in my Christmas TV planner this year.
Every Time A Bell Rings tells the story of Belle, a foster child who finally gets her ‘forever home’ with Tess. Her relationship with Jim, another foster child who comes to stay with Tess, seems unbreakable but when he returns to his Mum they lose contact. Years later Jim returns to look for Belle and the bond they once shared is re kindled.
Belle and Jim are kind hearted characters and open their door to foster children of their own, offering them love, security and kindness.
This book like Carmel’s previous two has real depth and you will find yourself both laughing and crying. Carmel deals with fostering, homelessness. Mental health and the loss of a child in pregnancy with accuracy.
Thank God there are people in the world who open their hearts and doors to fostering. Hats off to you all.
Well done Carmel, all your research paid off. Every Time A Bell Rings is a truly beautiful Christmas read. A definite 5 star rating.
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Thank you so much Julie for reviewing this book - it is definitely on my Christmas to be read pile for this season!!