I just had a delivery from Amazon.  My son commented that the Amazon Deliveries are modern-day Father Christmases.

Perhaps they are, and what better gift to give that a great book.  Books are my friends.  They allow me to travel to other world and experience the lives of others embellishing their lives with my imagination.

As an aspiring writer I have met so many talented authors online and have really enjoyed the gift of reading some really good books recently.

December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

Nicola is a blogger, who I have been following for a while, I loved her writing and was really delighted to hear that she had secured a publishing contract.  The arrival of her book, complete with a beautiful snowflake ornament was like Christmas coming early.

It is a cracking read!  Historical fiction crossing between north County Dublin and London.  It is a mystery about a missing baby, but it is so much more.  It is dark, but entertaining with such great characterisation that I couldn’t decide whether to like and admire the heroine Molly – or not.

Molly, the December Girl, was born on the Winter Solstice and despite many hardships but she never loses her strength and belief making her such a great character.

It is a tale that transcends geography and could have taken place in a different country and at a different time.  I am writing this review and wanting to give spoilers but trying to resist.

Buy it on Amazon, wrap it up and give it to someone for Christmas, or simply to tell them you care. And the exciting part is that if you are running late with your shopping you can send a Kindle version.

It is a gift that will give the reader pleasure on a long winter’s day.

Preferably accompanied by gallons of tea and perhaps some December food like a mince-pie or a slice of Christmas cake.

Happy reading and look out for some more book reviews soon.

Kerry x

 

2 comments on “Give a Book this Christmas – December Girl”

  1. I happened to download December Girl as a Kindle promo and was reading it when your blog arrived. Just finished reading the book today and went back to your blog which reflected the mood of the book so accurately.

    Do we love or hate the character Molly? For me she is part heroine and part fallible human being.

    And it dabbles on the fringe of 5000 year old Irish belief in the spirit world. Winter Solstice and the ancient Mound of Dowth. I have to suspend disbelief when I visit the relics of pre-historic Ireland.

    And how strangely this overlaps with the same period of history in my own country, South Africa, when the diminutive San people decorated their caves and worshipped the spirits of their ancestors which were so real to them. Somehow there is a great commonality in the history and culture of all Mankind, which still shapes our perception of ourselves and reality today.

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