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Celebrate Christmas reunion, surprises and family in this delightfully different festive family drama . . . .
As the anticipation of Christmas builds in the Nielsen family’s cosy farmhouse, Jo, Magnus and their grown-up children begin to congregate for a hybrid Danish-Jersey festive season, each with a surprise of their own – though the surprise that arrives over Christmas is the most life-changing of all.
Fifty years earlier, in 1969, Susan Jones finds herself being pursued by Mr Jenners, her former English teacher, and at the age of seventeen is packed off to a Home for Unmarried Mothers in London by her uncompromising father. As Christmas approaches, all she can do is desperately hope to be rescued, but will anyone be able to reach her in time?
The two timelines of this festive story gradually weave together in a tale that examines whether love and hope can eventually triumph over even the deepest sadness.
Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse.
This is initially a dual timeline family drama set around Christmas time now and fifty years ago. It shares the experiences of Susan Jones who was seventeen years old and pregnant in 1969. Despite her boyfriend wanting to marry her and bring up their baby together, her strict father sends her to a home for unmarried mothers in London with instructions for her to have no contact with her baby after giving birth.
In a Jersey farmhouse, a family are getting together to celebrate the festive season but there are secrets galore to be revealed, including one which links the past and present experiences together. The contrasting attitudes to unmarried pregnancies and gender roles are highlighted as part of the story which is filled with hope and love after tragedy.
Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this delightful book which I voluntarily read and have honestly reviewed.
Author Bio –
Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novelist Association Awards in 2020.
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