When my editor, Charlotte Ledger, suggested to me that I write a Christmas book, I immediately said yes, because if you know me, you know that I’m an out and out Christmas fruit and nut job!
If I could, I’d start Christmas celebrations in October, never mind November. Yes, I know … I’m one of those annoying people, who is forever counting down the days till the man in red gets here!
So you can imagine my excitement at writing a book all about the most wonderful time of the year! My mind went into overdrive, running through possible story lines.
Then Charlotte called and said, ‘How would you feel about writing a contemporary, Carmel Harrington version of Its A Wonderful Life?’
Now many of you know, certainly my family and friends do, that my all time favourite Christmas movie, is Frank Capra’s, emotive and quite frankly incredible, It’s A Wonderful Life.
So all at once, at this suggestion, I began to feel both excited and terrified at the prospect of taking on such a mammoth task.
But, I knew immediately what I could do with the story. The character of Belle Bailey just jumped into my head and my heart. And so I said yes to Charlotte and over the past couple of months, I’ve been writing the love story of Belle Bailey and Jim Looney.
Charlotte Ledger, my editor, came up with the title and I got goosebumps when she called me to suggest it.
I’m going to use this little clip, from the end of It’s A Wonderful Life, to reveal the title.
So, did you guess it from that clip?
ta da! My third novel!
Every Time A Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
eBook on sale 15th October 2015
Paperback on sale 19th November 2015
You can pre-order your copy now & I’d be so happy if you do!
Every Time a Bell Rings
An angel gets its wings…
Belle has taken all the Christmas decorations down. This year they won’t be celebrating.
As foster parents, Belle and Jim have given many children the chance of a happier start in life. They’ve loved them as if they were their own. They shouldn’t have favourites but little Lauren has touched their hearts. And now her mother is well enough to take her back and Belle can’t bear the loss.
Hence, Christmas is cancelled.
So when Jim crashes his car one icy December night, after an argument about Lauren, Belle can only blame herself. Everything she loves is lost. And Belle finds herself standing on The Ha’Penny Bridge wishing she had never been born.
But what happens to a Christmas wish when an angel is listening…
Will Belle realise, before it’s too late, that her life is the most wonderful life of all?
Inspired by the timeless tale of beloved Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, Carmel Harrington’s next book tells the story of Belle, a young woman and foster carer from Dublin who faces the hardest decision of her life this Christmas on The Ha’Penny Bridge.
Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season this is an emotional, heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve reached ‘The End’. Perfect for fans of Cecelia Ahern & Jojo Moyes.
Carmel is the bestselling author of The Life You Left & Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, voted Romantic eBook of the Year 2013.
I am so excited to share this book with you all… and soon, I’ll have a cover to reveal too!