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** My thanks to Sarah at Bombshell Books for my copy of this and for invitingme to be part of the blog tour **

 

Description:

Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles.

As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery.

Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone.

Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child?

December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.

My Thoughts & Review:

When you read a book description it usually grabs your attention and makes you want to read the book, but this one gave me goosebumps and really had me desperate to dive straight in to a fantastic sounding historical tale.

As always, I don’t want to say too much about the plot, no spoilers here I’m afraid!  But I did enjoy how Nicola Cassidy took her readers back to discover the events and people that shaped Molly Thomas.  The way her life inescapably changed over the years and left her as the woman she is now gives readers a real insight into this character and I have to admit that I did feel attached to to her, invested in her and wanted to race through the book to find out if life would work out well for her.

Nicola Cassidy is a wonderful story teller and has a great way of setting the scene in her writing, the narrative conveyed a superb sense of the setting and era.  It really did feel like the story came alive in my head playing out like a period drama in my head.
The plot is well thought out and its clear there has been a lot of research gone into the making of this novel.  I loved the characters, especially Molly and during the course of her life there were events surrounding her that made for very sad reading but these were absolutely vital to the plot and really shaped the character that she became.  I just couldn’t help but feel emotionally connected to Molly whilst reading this.

A brilliant debut novel from a promising author that I would highly recommend to fans of historical fiction.

 

You can buy a copy of December Girl via:

Amazon UK

 

About the Author:

Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. She started her writing career early, entering short story competitions as a child and became an avid reader. Encouraged by her English teachers, she chose to study journalism at Dublin City University and while working in political PR and marketing, studied a series of advanced creative writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre. Later she set up a lifestyle and literary blog www.LadyNicci.com, which was shortlisted in the Ireland Blog Awards in 2015 and 2016 and finalist in 2017. She signed with Trace Literary Agency in 2016. December Girl is Nicola’s debut historical fiction novel and is set in the mystical and ancient Boyne Valley, Co. Meath, famed for its stone age passage tombs. Elements of the story are inspired by true events. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in Termonfeckin, Co. Louth.

Follow her at www.ladynicci.com, on Twitter @ladynicci or www.facebook.com/ladynicciblog.

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