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 is a wonderful Christmas story. First off the idea of Santa taking teenagers who have had a rough go in life and giving them one of the most important responsibilities in the world is a very creative idea. I was drawn into this magical story and couldn’t put it down.
Dash is a good man, though he might have not started out that way before he became Dasher. He cares for the carousel, his home and the people he loves. He is kind to Merry and knows to give her the space she needs.
Merry has a story all her own. Why does she hear the bells when no one else can? She is quiet and reserve but willing to work for what she gets and doesn’t want a hand out.
Just a fun loving holiday story.
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