Every Time a Bell Rings: Unabridged edition

By Carmel Harrington, Read by Aoife McMahon

‘Embraces the spirit and the message of the movie…A must-read’ Karolyn Grimes, actress, ‘Zuzu’ in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Beautiful and uplifting…Written with such heart it warms the soul’ Claudia Carroll

‘A compelling, magical, festive cracker of a book’ Alexandra Brown, bestselling author of The Great Village Show



Belle Bailey spent her early years in and out of foster homes, never finding a family to love her. But when she walks into Tess McNulty’s house, her new foster mam opens her arms and heart to the young girl. Tess encourages Belle to write a letter to Santa Clause, and she only wants one thing – a best friend. The very next day, a new kid arrives at Tess’s door. Someone who will change Belle’s life forever.


Belle Bailey is now a foster parent herself. With her husband by her side, she has given many children a happier start in life. They’ve loved them all as if they were their own.

But then life throws several curveballs to Belle, and this Christmas she wishes 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?

Full of Irish charm, magic, and the warmth of the festive season, this is an emotional, romantic, and heartwarming story that will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

Format: Digital Audiobook
Release Date: 09 Nov 2023
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-865943-1
Detailed Edition: Unabridged edition
Carmel Harrington is from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband, her children and their rescue dog, George Bailey. A bestseller and regular panellist on radio and TV, her warm and emotional storytelling has captured the hearts of readers worldwide.Carmel’s novels have been shortlisted for Irish Book Awards, and her debut, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, won Kindle Book of the Year. Her most recent book, A Mother’s Heart, was an Irish Times bestseller.

”'By far one of my very favourite books of the year” - - Sophie, Reviewed the Book

”'Heartfelt and beautiful” - - Books by Bunny

”'A captivating read that will bring a lump to your throat” - - Rea Book Reviews

”'A beautiful story that took my breath away…Emotional, heartbreaking but also optimistic and full of hope…everybody should read it!” - - Agi On My Book Shelf

”'I really didn’t want Every Time a Bell Rings to end and read it over several hours, as I was totally lost in this riveting, consuming story” - - Emma Crowley on Shaz’s Book Blog

”'Yet again, Carmel Harrington has created a magnificent story full of heartbreak, love and hope. Readers will warm to the characters and may just find a piece of themselves in the storyline. With the Christmas spirit wrapping every page, Every Time a Bell Rings is simply perfect!” - - ChickLit Club

”'A festive treat laced with multiple important themes including a really interesting and in-depth look at fostering and the effect it can have on so many people. It is a story that will stay with you after you’ve turned the final page and has lovely life lessons inside” - - Blabbering About Books

”'I love romantic stories, especially when true love is involved. This Christmas story is so special. I didn’t want it to end and loved every word. Every Time a Bell Rings has a gorgeous cover. Both the outside and the inside of the book are filled with love and joy. It’s exactly what a good Christmas book should be like” - - Librarian Lavender

”'Take the phone off the hook, put on your comfiest pj’s, line up some snacks and your favourite tipple, then wrap yourself up all snuggly and get ready to lose yourself in the world of Belle and Jim! I want to shout from the rooftops 'hooray! Carmel is back and her writing is as magical as ever!” - - Jill Loves To Read

”'Full of charming sentiment, realistic life stories and characters so authentic, you expect them to be sitting in the room with you.” - - Jane Hunt Writer