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Today I’m on the ‘Christmas Child’ blogtour, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
To promote this book I have a guest post written by its author, but b
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.
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?
Guest Post :
Sister Patricia and the Time Machine
If I could travel in Orson Wells’s time machine, I wouldn’t go back to Rome to meet Caesar or drink with the famous Impressionists. Not even to break bread with the likes of Bernard Shaw!
I would prefer to meet someone who was, in my eyes, far greater than any of the above.
Sister Patricia was a small angel in black. Ageless and kind, she was a nun and my teacher. When she entered a classroom there was silence as we strained to hear, “Good morning class,” in her soft Irish brogue.
She would then begin her morning ritual, sitting down at a large oak desk. After lighting a candle for morning prayer, she held us spellbound as she lay out her books and papers on the glowing wood. “Today we will pray for the sick and needy.”
At the end of our prayers we all made the sign of the cross.
“Today we will continue reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.”
I couldn’t wait to see what happened to the young David Copperfield when he met Miss Havisham!
Sister Patricia picked up a battered red leather book and opened it. “Carol, would you begin, please?”
I started reading; “And when they lay me dead, in my bride’s dress on the bride’s table – which shall be done, and which will be the finished curse upon him – so much the better if it is done on this day!”
Many years have past since then, and yes, I became a writer of historical fiction. Whenever I seek inspiration I listen for the inner voice of Sister Patricia and her soft Irish accent.
My love affair with Dickens and that era never ended and has resulted in the writing of my new Victorian romance, CHRISTMAS CHILD, published 23rd September 2019.
Those days at the Convent held a magic for me, and I hope my stories hold a magic for you. As always, happy reading, love Carol xx
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“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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