Rose’s Choice written and self-published by Chrissie Bradshaw is available from tomorrow, 17th July 2020, in ebook and paperback format.
Rose’s Choice – a heart-wrenching wartime saga of love, family and secrets
Rationing, bombing, disease and pit disasters are part of Rose Kelly’s World War 2 childhood. When the spirited coalminer’s daughter discovers a family secret, she makes a choice that overshadows her teenage years. Rose tries to make the most of post-war opportunities but family tragedy pulls her back to a life in the colliery rows. She relinquishes her bright future for domestic duties because her family comes first. Will family ties get in the way of her dreams?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Chrissie Bradshaw’s latest novel: Rose’s Choice. Rose’s Choice is my first introduction to the work of Chrissie Bradshaw and her words captivated me from the start. Chrissie Bradshaw has written a wartime saga filled with wrought emotion throughout. I have to confess I shed a tear or two many a time but the story isn’t all sad and sorrowful there are wonderful endearing moments that will lift your spirits.
Rose’s Choice is the first book in a new saga series by Chrissie Bradshaw called The Colliery Rows. I’m a pitman’s daughter myself and was brought up in a small mining community so I knew from the start that I wanted to read this novel. I was to learn that the storyline resonated with me on so many lives. There is a real sense of authenticity about the story with the use of local dialect that draws you in to the location and to the era. The dialect at times is raw and honest but northerners have never been shy of speaking before thinking.
Rose was the first child of local pitman John Kelly and his wife Ginnie. As soon as Rose was born the couple were enchanted with her and Rose was a child loved by all. As Rose grew up she became inquisitive and had a thirst for knowledge and had a wonderful empathy with animals. As John and Ginnie’s family grew Rose was to take on some of the household tasks to help her mother who was increasingly busy with the younger siblings. However, Rose was no young aspiring housewife, she knew what she wanted to do in the future and it wasn’t what her mother did.
With the wartime struggles the family learned to cope with rations and make do and mend however, when a widespread contagious disease wreaks havoc through the village many are left devastated in it’s wake. Life sadly had to move on and Rose’s future looks brighter as new opportunities are opened. Along the journey of life Rose becomes embroiled in a secret that could rip her family apart and she is torn to how to proceed. Tragedy alas is not too far ahead and Rose is left with an unfortunate choice.
An endearing coming of age family saga that is filled with heightened emotions with the highs and lows of wartime England. Life is tough but the community of Colliery Rows have coped with worse and pull together through hardship, tears and smiles. I can’t wait for more from this series and from Chrissie Bradshaw.
Author Bio – Chrissie, 2016 winner of the Romantic Novelist’s Elizabeth Goudge writing trophy, is a seasoned tea drinker and a tenacious trainer of her welsh terrier, Oscar. She has always loved match-making a book to a reader. Writing the kind of book she loves to read takes this a step further. She has written two contemporary sagas, A JARFUL of MOONDREAMS, a contemporary story about family relationships, secrets and how dreams can come true, and THE BARN OF BURIED DREAMS, a contemporary story about two sisters who are struggling after the death of their mother. ROSE’S CHOICE is her first historical saga and is set where Chrissie lives in Northumberland. When she is not writing or reading, you will find Chrissie walking Oscar on the beautiful Northumbrian coastline, travelling or spending time with her family and friends.
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