Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Christmas Child by Carol Rivers. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
The 2019 Victorian romance from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
A perfect Dickensian saga for Christmas.
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, but the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unscrupulous bishop. The heart-breaking outcome turns Ettie’s life upside down and Christmas will never mean the same again.
Will Ettie ever find her friend Michael Wilson whose secret holds the key to their past? Will Ettie keep her innocence and survive the traumatic events that are about to erupt?
Carol Rivers has written a poignant coming of age story story. Christmas Child is heartwarming and had me on a roller-coaster of emotions. The first in the Victorian Saga Romance series, this book is absolutely a beautiful Historical Fiction.
Ettie was born on Christmas Day. The beginning of this novel is emotional and it had me crying right off the bat. I knew I found a special novel and this was going to be a wonderful journey of heartbreak and strength. I was right. Ettie’s life from birth until her 17th birthday was rough. Circumstance after circumstance, things went wrong. Despite the hardships, she was able to thrive. Carol Rivers found the right balance of heartbreak and feel good vibes to keep this story inspirational!
Set in the Victorian era, I could visualize the setting. I love how much research was done to make this authentic. This type of research is what makes me love Historical Fiction!
A story of courage and determination in the midst of hearbreak, with a bit of romance in the Victorian era, Christmas Child is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it!
“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.
Win Five dedicated signed paperback novels by Carol Rivers (Open to UK Only)
One winner will win the following signed books
- “Lizzie Flowers and the Family Firm”
- “Molly’s Christmas Orphans”
- “A Wartime Christmas”
- “A Sister’s Shame”
- “Eve of the Isle”
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