by Sadie Hart
“I don’t take charity.”
“Then don’t work. If you work here, you eat. If you refuse to eat, then find a stool and watch. Understood?”
Title: Silver Bells
Author: Sadie Hart
Publisher: Sadie Hart
Rating: 3.5 Voodoos
A CHRISTMAS SHORT STORY
Every year, the Christmas Carousel in South Howle takes a beating, and every year, Dash Bartholomew tenderly brings it back to life. It’s a job he started fifteen years ago, when Dash became Dasher, one of Santa’s reindeer, and accepted the worn leather harness now hanging on the hooks at the back of the carousel barn. The one with its beautiful, silver bells that once made the most wondrous sound in the world, and now lay quiet.
That is, until Merry, a young, homeless woman wanders in looking for a place out of the cold. Unlike Dash, she can hear the sweet chimes of the bells, proving to him that it’s not the harness that’s broken. As Christmas draws near, Dash finds himself drawn to Merry and her quiet, stubborn pride. However, unable to hear the sleigh bells Dash isn’t sure what Christmas this year will bring, only that the magic in that harness is far less important than the woman he’s come to love.
This was a remarkably clever story. I really liked what it was about. I thought it was unique and far far too short.
This was a pretty chaste short story. I don’t believe there was even a kiss in this. The romance was not the whole focus.
According to Goodreads it’s only 24 pages long and there’s a lot to not give away! I did feel we were arriving a little in the middle of the story though. It’s set 15 years after the start of Dash’s story. While that might not be the sensible place to start, it would have been nice to see some sort of start. Also, Merry’s conclusion was a little odd. Will she be back next year?!
Apart from the short and the confusion, I really liked this story idea. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything like this before. I wish it was a series of 9 books…