Saturday, 4 November 2017

BLOG TOUR ~ December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

Hi Everyone,

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for December Girl by Nicola Cassidy where I have a review of Nicola's debut novel. I was thrilled to be asked by Nicola Cassidy & Sarah Hardy from Bombshell Books to take part along with some other fab book bloggers. You can find out who else is taking part in this fabulous Blog Tour at the end of the extract so without further ado, here is my review:

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.  Molly searches the streets for 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?

Well, what can I say about December Girl only that I didn't like it, I absolutely LOVED it.  It was brilliant and I cannot believe that this is Nicola's debut novel, it was written so well and with such emotion. December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder. It is a historical fiction novel set in Ireland in the 19th Century, mainly in Drogheda where I live so I had a good feel for the locations here that were used in the novel and part of it is also in London.  There are multiple back stories intertwined throughout December Girl which works so well and it all comes together to make this novel just perfect.  For me it was such an emotionally charged read as so much happens to Molly from almost the start of the novel and then when you think that everything's going to be ok, something else is thrown into the mix and you're plunged back to thinking, is she ever going to catch a break!? I don't want to say anymore about this as I don't want to give too much away other than go and pick up a copy of December Girl in your local bookshop or on Kindle and snuggle up on the couch with this and definitely some chocolate (as you're going to need it). I HIGHLY recommend December Girl and I'd even go as far as to say it'd definitely be in my top reads of 2017. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Nicola's next novel will have in store but no pressure at all.

December Girl is available in all good bookstores and is currently £1.99 on Kindle at the time of publication of this review so go and get it, you won't regret it.

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