It’s Christmas 1880 in London’s East End and amidst the squalor of the slums a dying Irish girl leaves her new born baby in the care of the Sisters of Clemency. The nuns raise little Ettie O’Reilly as their own and provide her with the home she might never have had. But the lives of the nuns and orphans are soon crushed by an unexpected and wicked turn of events. Ettie is at her lowest ebb when she is betrayed by the boy who has promised his undying love and loyalty. Alone and abandoned, she is faced with the revelation of a heart-wrenching secret...
"I don't even know where to begin to describe this book. I guess one word could do it…SUBLIME!"
f you are looking for a beautifully compelling, captivating and enthralling historical saga about strength, courage, determination, heartache and a dash of romance set in the Victorian era then this is the perfect book. Despite the title of the book, I feel this book is the perfect read for anytime of the year!
From the very start of the book, Ms. Rivers pulls you into the story and grabs your emotions and doesn’t let go. Ettie was born on Christmas Day. The beginning of this novel is emotional and it had me crying right off the bat. I knew I found a special novel and this was going to be a wonderful journey of heartbreak and strength. I was right.