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Category: 

Romance

Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press Type:  Fiction
Pages: 

100

Copyright:  2011


The Wild Rose Press
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Banishment to the old ancestral home is dismal until a ghost appears requesting her help.

Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative's ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn't so bad.

To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope--until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.

As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe--in Bailey and the ghost--before the Christmas bells ring?




Excerpt

“Bailey.” He spoke softly, so as not to startle her.

She turned toward him. In her long, white nightgown, hair tumbled down around her, wearing that lost look, she bore an unnerving resemblance to the mysterious woman in Wilkie Collins’ classic mystery, The Woman in White. Eric fervently hoped the similarity ended there. As he recalled from the novel, that unfortunate lady had been unhinged.

Leaving the door ajar, he stepped inside. “We missed you at breakfast.”

She answered distractedly. “I wasn’t hungry.”

He limped to where she stood, the hitch in his leg a little less pronounced today. Maybe he was getting stronger. “Why are you here, looking for ghosts?”

“Or a door to the past.”

He tried to coax a smile to her trembling lips. “Did you check inside the wardrobe?”

“Eric, I’m being serious.”

“That’s what worries me.” Leaning on his cane with one arm, he closed his other around her shoulders and drew her against him. Such a natural act, and she accepted his embrace without pulling back. She smelled of flowers from her perfume and wood smoke.

“Mercy, child,” he said in his best imitation of Ella, “it’s as cold as a tomb in here.”

“It wasn’t last night.”

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Somewhere the Bells Ring by Beth Trissel at Sizzling Hot Book Reviews
Somewhere the Bells Ring by Beth Trissel (Reviewed by Beverly)

Bailey is a young woman, expelled from college. She was found with a young man in her room and smoking pot. It is 1968 and hippie is a dirty word to her family. Bailey is between two worlds, not a hippie but not fitting in with the traditional in her family. She has found herself lost and grieving from the death of her brother Brian in Vietnam. She saw his ghost when he passed, but is not believed. When she was expelled, she was sent to her aunt in Maple Hill while her family decided what to do with her. Bailey’s heart races to find out that Eric, her aunt’s step son is coming home. She has always felt drawn to him.

Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative's ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn't so bad.
To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope--until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.
As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe--in Bailey and the ghost--before the Christmas bells ring?

Eric is an injured Marine, sent home on convalescence from Vietnam. His leg is injured, pinned in three places, never again able to join his unit. He faces the choice of a desk job or discharge and resuming his studies for the bar exam. He came home to Maple Hill which has been in his family for generations. The house has always felt sad to him, and he is not comfortable there. He is pleasantly surprised to see his step mother’s niece Bailey there. She has changed since she was a child and he is instantly drawn to her.

Bailey sees a shadow in a window in an abandoned room in the house as she is walking home one evening. She learns that Eric’s Uncle Edward died there. Later that night she feels as if she is in a dream and is drawn to that room. She enters and is chided by the man inside for entering without knocking. Edward invites her inside to sit and talk to him. She notices the close resemblance to Eric. Edward’s wife Claire died of influenza while he was fighting in WWII and she hid his Christmas gift and died before she could give it to him. It has always haunted Edward as no one could find it. He died and was found when the bells rang in the field to celebrate Christmas Eve. Bailey is not sure at this point who is the ghost, her or Edward.

Bailey offers to help find Claire’s present for Edward. Humoring her, Eric agrees to help even though he doesn’t believe in ghosts and is worried that Bailey is being influenced by some sort of hallucinogen. Bailey feels a strong instinctive need to help Edward find peace. Somewhere the Bells Ring for Christmas Eve and she feels the need to find Claire’s gift before that time to help Edward rest. Both Bailey and Eric are unaccountably drawn together as if they have known each other before.

Somewhere the Bells Ring is a slightly melancholy Christmas story. The present is wrapped around a love story from the past that influences the characters of Bailey and Eric. To be honest, as I started Somewhere the Bells Ring, I didn’t get hooked right away. As I read on, I didn’t put it down. I even went back and re read it! For all it is melancholy, it is a sweet story of past and present loves and how they parallel. The feelings of each of the main characters are written well and though only a few days pass in the story, it covered years of emotions, and glimpse of a family through the years. When I finished Somewhere the Bells Ring, I felt a sense of peace and calm, a wonderful thing at any time, but especially during the hectic Christmas season that is the setting of this story.


Somewhere the Bells Ring by Beth Trissel at Romancing the Book
Review by Robin: Ms. Trissel captivates her reader from the moment you start reading the first page. She has written a compelling love story that spans some fifty plus years and keeps you entertained every step of the way with the story within a story.

The year is 1968 and we find that Christmas is almost upon us. Bailey Randall finds herself sent to recoup in Virginia at Maple Hill. All because she messed up in collage by experimenting with pot and was found with a young man in room. So after being chastised by the dean and her father off she goes to stay with Meg at Maple Hill.

There is a quirky but very loving bunch of people that you instantly fall in love with at Maple Hill. Meg, who just happens to be every ones dotty old aunt; along with Ella, the cook/housekeeper/keeper of secrets, reminds you of the old cooks in all those black and white movies. She knows more than she should but keeps secrets when needed.

Although they are deeply involved in the story it isn’t about them. Instead it is about Bailey and Eric.

Bailey while out walking the dog sees something in one of the rooms that hasn’t been used in a long time. Because she smoked pot everyone says it is just her imagination.

Meanwhile an old friend comes home from the Vietnam War. Eric notices how much Bailey has grown up; he finds he is very attracted to her.

Bailey decides to go investigate and finds herself face to face with the ghost of Edwards’s grandfather who tells her of never having been able to say good-bye to his beloved Claire at Christmas. She finds out about the present and how he comes back every year until the bells ring Christmas Eve.

Bailey decides it is her job to help Edward find the present so that he can then move on. She enlists the help of Eric and his hippie cousin Tucker.

Not wanting to spoil anything I will leave it there. You will have to read this wonderful story and find out what happens between Bailey and Eric.

I fell in love with Ms. Trissel’s characters and look forward to the next delightful story ready with Kleenex box in hand. A must read for every romance fan.

*Magnificent! I loved it and always will!



Somewhere the Bells Ring (At Fallen Angels Reviews)
"An intriguing gripping ghost story with a focus on romance rather than terror." ~Stephanie E



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