A Mother’s Christmas Wish
by Glenda Young
It’s my stop on the “A Mother’s Christmas Wish” blog tour! Thanks very much to Rachel’s Random Resources and author Glenda Young who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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‘I hope this Christmas is better than last year’s.’
Following a scandalous affair, wayward Emma Devaney is sent in disgrace from her home in Ireland to Ryhope, where she will live with her widowed aunt, Bessie Brogan, and help run her pub. Bessie is kind but firm, and at first Emma rebels against her lack of freedom. Struggling to fit in, she turns to the wrong person for comfort, and becomes pregnant.
Accepting she must embrace her new life for the sake of her baby, Emma pours her energy into making the pub thrive and helping heal the fractured relationship between Bessie and her daughters. She catches the attention of Robert, a gruff but sincere farmer, who means to win her heart.
As December approaches, thankful for the home and acceptance she’s found, Emma is determined to bring not just her family, but the whole Ryhope community, together to celebrate – and to make one very special mother’s Christmas dreams come true.
Wrapping up November with my first Christmas read, I’ve just finished ‘A Mother’s Christmas Wish’ by Glenda Young. I don’t usually read sagas but something about the plot of this one appealed to me and I was excited to read Emma Devaney’s story.
Set in the 20s, ‘A Mother’s Christmas Wish’ follows 17 year old Emma as she is sent from her home in Ireland to the UK to live with her aunt in her pub. Even though her arrival was unexpected, Bessie Brogan is a lovely woman and takes Emma in and offers her work behind the bar. Following a bit of a rusty start on arrival, Emma soon meets the residents of Ryhope, including some family members Cara & Branna. Alongside Bessie, I enjoyed that this story has some really strong, feisty female characters and the men are more background characters here. I’ve heard that some of these characters have appeared in other books by this author which I think is a nice touch.
Focussed on family values, dramas, friendships and hardships, this was a really enjoyable read for me and I read it all in just a couple of days. I really enjoyed that this story gave us an insight into the lives of ordinary people, a story you could truly imagine happening when you think about what life was like in the 1920s. The descriptions were vivid and although I’ve never been and know nothing of it, I felt like I was fully immersed in Ryhope and could picture all of the locations and what the characters might look like.
One thing I would say is that the blurb and the cover both give a massive spoiler, which I thought was a bit odd as the pregnancy comes over half way into the book and the birth almost at the end (perhaps that’s normal for a saga?) But even though I knew how this book was going to play out, this didn’t take away from my enjoyment of it.
Overall rating: A lovely piece of heart-warming historical fiction, “A Mother’s Christmas Wish” is a cosy read about a young woman finding her place in a new town. I enjoyed this story and felt fully immersed in the setting – 4 stars!
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