Let’s all get in the mood for Christmas with this blog tour and giveaway for Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols, hosted by JustRead Tours.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Silent Days, Holy Night
Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction/Christmas
The sounds of Christmases past echo through a silent house…
Everyone in town knows Emerald Crest, the green granite mansion atop the highest hill: the legendary, lavish Christmas festivities that used to light up the nights— and the silence that followed when the parties abruptly stopped many years ago. And everyone has heard whispers about the reclusive, mysterious master of the manor, Henry Lafferty the Second . . .
When eleven-year-old Julia Russell steps into the great house for the first time and meets Mr. Lafferty, the entire course of her life is altered. She meets a man who is nothing at all like the rumors she’s heard from neighbors and classmates. He’s kind and extraordinarily talented—he also happens to be deaf and uses a wheelchair. And when she overhears a secret about him, Julia decides it’s time for the town to bring Christmas back to Emerald Crest—an act that will change them all forever.
GUEST POST: BOOK THEMES
Although SILENT DAYS, HOLY NIGHT is a tender Christmas story, there are two recurring themes that I hope the readers will take away. First of all, although life is lived fluidly, we remember life in moments – those times when our minds take a picture that stays with us forever – that moment that you know will never come again. Some of those moments are life-defining moments.
SILENT DAYS, HOLY NIGHT is the story of a life-defining moment in the life of the major character, ten-year-old Julia Russell. When she first meets Mr. Henry Lafferty the Second, the direction of her life changes. She is so moved by this incredible man and how different he is from everyone else she knows. Her desire to learn to communicate with him motivates her to make decisions that chart the course of her young life and changes the lives of many others in the process. There are life-altering moments for other characters in the book. It is my hope that the reader will begin to look for those moments and to see how one’s life-determining moment can affect so many others.
Another theme of the story is simple kindness. We live in a day when kindness seems to be in short supply. But when you read about Mr. Henry Lafferty the Second, a man who chooses to live as a recluse because of others’ unkind actions toward him, you still see a man whose heart pumps goodness. He chose the better way, and it influenced Julia. Young and determined, Julia’s one act of kindness changed not only Henry’s life, but it changed the whole town and how they would forever see Henry. Kindness is infectious. Would that we were all so infected with a kindness contagion that we could live like’s it’s Christmas every day. One seemingly small act of kindness can make a big difference.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Phyllis Clark Nichols’s character-driven Southern fiction explores profound human questions using the imagined residents of small-town communities you just know you’ve visited before. With a strong faith and a love for nature, art, music, and ordinary people, she tells redemptive tales of loss and recovery, estrangement and connection, longing and fulfillment . . . often through surprisingly serendipitous events.
Phyllis grew up in the deep shade of magnolia trees in South Georgia. Born during a hurricane, she is no stranger to the winds of change: In addition to her life as a novelist, Phyllis is a seminary graduate, concert pianist, and co-founder of a national cable network with health- and disability-related programming. Regardless of the role, she’s playing, Phyllis brings creativity and compelling storytelling.
She frequently appears at conventions, conferences, civic groups, and churches, performing half-hour musical monologues that express her faith, joy, and thoughts about life—all with the homespun humor and gentility of a true Southern woman.
Phyllis currently serves on several nonprofit boards. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her portrait-artist husband.
(1) winner will receive (US only):
- a print copy of Silent Days, Holy Night by Phyllis Clark Nichols
- a print copy of Sleigh Bells Ring by various authors
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight December 10, 2018, and last through 11:59pm December 17, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of the close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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