A Christmas Child: Carol Rivers

Today is my turn on the tour for this book.

Description:

Christmas Day, London 1880 
Snow falls … a dying Irish girl clutching her new-born baby drags herself to the sanctuary of an East End orphanage and throws herself on the mercy of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own and provide her with the love and education she might never have had. But the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by a powerful and greedy bishop. 

The heart-breaking outcome separates Ettie from her friends and family, luring her into a world of male dominance and the fickle nature of intimate relationships. With her faith in the goodness of human nature severely tested, she doesn’t know who to trust. And when the boy who has promised her his undying love and loyalty falls under the spell of a wealthy and beautiful young woman, Ettie’s world starts to crumble.

She must finally accept the hard-hitting truth – happiness comes at a cost! Does she have the courage and wisdom to face the demons she long ago learned about from the Sisters of Clemency? Will the resolution of an undiscovered and painful secret be her making – or breaking?

My Review:

I’ve moved away from my usual preferred genre with this book, I’m glad I did because I haven’t been disappointed.

This is a book that has made me laugh and cry. Not many authors have the ability to make that happen.

I have enjoyed Rivers’ writing style, I felt as though I had been pulled into the story and I constantly wanted more.

This has been my first read by Rivers, but I doubt it will be the last. This is a book that portrays an authentic sense of time and place with realistic characters.

This is a brilliant read, it will stir your emotions and it is highly addictive. Definitely a must read.

Author Bio:

“Were there’s muck there’s money!” If my family had a royal crest I’m sure those are the words that would have been hewn into the stone above it.

Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. They were costermongers selling fruit, veg and anything else that would stand still long enough!

 

Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

 

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table.

 

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

Carol xx 

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