Tomorrow morning—that's Monday, November 9, at 11:00 AM Central Time—I'll be on The Ideas Network of Wisconsin Public Radio to discuss Christmas Bells with host Larry Meiller. Click here for a list of radio stations, or click here listen online.
I'm thrilled to announce that today is the official publication day of my twenty-fifth novel, Christmas Bells! “[Jennifer Chiaverini] hits all the right emotional notes in this heartwarming story,” writes Booklist, while Kirkus praises the novel as “A gentle exploration of tragedy, hope, the power of Christmas, and the possibility of miracles.”
I'll be kicking off a regional book tour at the West Towne Barnes & Noble in Madison, Wisconsin tonight at 7 PM, and I'll be visiting four other towns over the next two months. Please see the Events page for more details.
I hope you'll enjoy Christmas Bells—a novel that celebrates Christmases past and present.
It feels like Christmas here, because I've received my first copy of Christmas Bells!
I couldn't be happier with the gorgeous cover, and I love the beautiful endpapers, featuring one of the designs from my forthcoming "Christmas Bells Collection" from Red Rooster Fabrics.
You can get your own copy of Christmas Bells one week from today, on October 27!
On a brisk and blustery Halloween night, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters gather at Elm Creek Manor, where Sylvia’s sister-in-law, Agnes, shares an unsettling story from Bergstrom family history, a mystery that defies logical explanation. Could it be that the gray stone walls of Elm Creek Manor shelter the restless spirit of one of Sylvia’s ancestors?
This spooky Halloween short story is available exclusively as an eBook, and includes instructions for making for the Chimneys and Cornerstones quilt featured in the story.
“Chiaverini stitches together a series of lightly interlocking contemporary vignettes in an intriguing way and manages to tuck away all the ragged edges in the emotionally satisfying conclusion...A gentle exploration of tragedy, hope, the power of Christmas, and the possibility of miracles.” —Kirkus
New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini celebrates Christmas, past and present, with a wondrous novel inspired by the classic poem “Christmas Bells,” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
In 1860, the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow family celebrated Christmas at Craigie House, their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The publication of Longfellow’s classic Revolutionary War poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” was less than a month hence, and the country’s grave political unrest weighed heavily on his mind. Yet with his beloved wife, Fanny, and their five adored children at his side, the delights of the season prevailed.
In present-day Boston, a dedicated teacher in the Watertown public school system is stunned by somber holiday tidings. Sophia’s music program has been sacrificed to budget cuts, and she worries not only about her impending unemployment but also about the consequences to her underprivileged students. At the church where she volunteers as music director, Sophia tries to forget her cares as she leads the children’s choir in rehearsal for a Christmas Eve concert. Inspired to honor a local artist, Sophia has chosen a carol set to a poem by Longfellow, moved by the glorious words he penned one Christmas Day long ago, even as he suffered great loss.
Christmas Bells chronicles the events of 1863, when the peace and contentment of Longfellow’s family circle was suddenly, tragically broken, cutting even deeper than the privations of wartime. Through the pain of profound loss and hardship, Longfellow’s patriotism never failed, nor did the power of his language. “Christmas Bells,” the poem he wrote that holiday, lives on, spoken as verse and sung as a hymn.
Jennifer Chiaverini’s resonant and heartfelt novel for the season reminds us why we must continue to hear glad tidings, even as we are tested by strife. Reading Christmas Bells evokes the resplendent joy of a chorus of voices raised in reverent song.