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Christmas Bells: A Novel - Jennifer Chiaverini

Christmas bells by Chiaverini, Jennifer  
Have read many of the author's other quilting works. This one starts out with Sophia music program and there is no money and it's suffering from budget cuts and her underprivileged students.
She leads the choir into the practices by a 1863 poem from Longfellow.
Story goes back in time with alternating chapters from 1860 to the present as we learn the details of the time when the poem was written.
The past of Sophia comes to light also so we can understand why she didn't end up in Chicago...
Book is like having two different stories told and how they entwine with one another.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).