Just never give up hope and faith!


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?

My review

Ettie’s young life started already rough. She never knew her mother, as she grew up in a monastery. For her, it was a great time, but when the monastery needs to close, she knows her life she knew comes to an end.

The rest of her growing up, she goes from happy moments to moments of great despair. Het next employer is a good one, but soon big misfortunes take place.

Each time Ettie thinks her life gets a little bit better, something happens and her life gets worse than before.

You feel Ettie’s pain when you are reading the rougher parts. I had a real hard time reading those bits, because Ettie did nothing wrong to be on the receiving part of such misfortunes.

Like every girl, she just wants to be happy. She doesn’t desire richness or wealth. She just wants to find Michael again and wants to feel loved.

Despite the bad things, I also felt hope. Ettie did not ever give up her faith and believed some good would come her way.

And it’s her good spirits that made me feel good about this story!

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