On behalf of Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources I’m thrilled today to be hosting a giveaway and guest post from Carol Rivers – author of this wonderful historical romantic fiction novel, Christmas Child.
Giveaway to Win Five dedicated signed paperback novels by Carol Rivers (Open to UK Only)
One winner will win the following signed books
“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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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 – No Potatoes And The Letter
Because of the great famine in the 1840s caused by a potato disease, many of my family and ancestors were forced into emigrating to Britain and the USA to survive.This letter touched something in me as my Uncle Charlie was an emigrant from County Clare. He had a beautiful singing voice that I can still hear as he sings his favourite, “Take Me Home Again Kathleen.”
The vast majority of Irish immigrants came to work in the factories of London and Liverpool, which were easily reached by boat from Dublin and Belfast. Many of the men, women and children who made that journey arrived hungry, weak and sick.
Those families that were brave enough to sail to America and who survived the journey had one thought on their minds: to be free from hunger and oppression.
Below is a copy of a heartfelt letter sent by a young lady called Cathy Greene from Brooklyn New York to her mother in Ballylarkin, County Kilkenny. August the 1st 1884
My dear Mamma,
To think it’s now going and gone into the third month since ye wrote me. I feel as if I’m dead to the world. I’ve left the place I was employed. They failed in business. I was out of place all summer and the devil knows how long. This is a world of troubles.
I would battle with the world and would never feel dissatisfied if I would hear often from ye. And know candidly things are going on but what to think of how ye are forgetting me. I know if I don’t hear from ye prior to the arrival of this letter at Ballylarkin I will be almost dead…
I sometimes think you would come here and that health would fail and like almost all the Irish, drop off one by one. There is no place like home if one could at all live there but if not don’t hesitate about coming here.
I trust ye are well and that my frightful dreams won’t be realised.
Courtesy of IrishCentral
Uncle Charlie and the above gave me the seed of an idea for my next book “Christmas Child” that will be published in September 2019.
Author Bio – Carol Rivers
“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.
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