Christmas Child written and self-published by Carol Rivers is available NOW in ebook format. The ebook is also included in the kindleunlimited scheme.
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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?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Carol Rivers latest novel: Christmas Child. Christmas Child is the first book in a new Victorian Saga Romance series.
This is my first introduction to the work of Carol Rivers and oh my goodness from the get go I felt emotionally involved with this story.
Carol Rivers has written a Victorian saga that will pull at your heart strings again and again. The author didn’t shy away from the real, raw intensity of life in Victorian ages and especially the city slums area of London. I could feel the struggle of everyday life but I could also sense a flicker of determination to keep the hope and faith for better things to come.
This is Ettie’s story who has been cared for by a catholic orphanage since the day she was born, Christmas Day 1880. For young Ettie living with the Sisters and as one of the oldest orphans she adored caring for the younger ones. However, sad times were to face the orphanage and Ettie was forced to leave and start a life in the outside world away from the security of the convent and the guidance of the Sisters. Ettie’s life was about to start anew bringing all sorts of new, exciting, testing and dangerous challenges her way. But Ettie was to never forget her faith and upbringing and this would serve her well for what lay ahead.
Ettie was one of thousands struggling to survive in the cities across England. The sights, sounds and abuse they endured daily must have been soul destroying. Spirits were sorely tested and these young people had to find an inner strength to survive.
Christmas Child is a heart wrenching story of life in it’s raw state but it’s also a story of strength and love in adversity. I adored the authenticity of the era and so pleased we have more to come in this Victorian saga series. I’ve definitely found myself a new favourite saga writer. Historical fiction is a perfect medium for bringing history to life.
About the Author
“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.
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Giveaway to 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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