Friday, 30 September 2011
Review: In the Bleak Midwinter
In the Bleak Midwinter by Carol Rivers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I have read all of Carol Rivers books and loved every one. I cannot recommend them highly enough and "In The Bleak Mid Winter" is no exception. As usual I couldn't wait for the paperback so bought the hardback. I think I am a Carol Rivers junkie, as I can never get enough of her novels. After a lot of searching I found out Rivers has been published since 1986 and eleven years ago Simon & Schuster snapped her up, and that is something they don't do very often.
Rivers books are all about the Isle of Dogs in the East End, and she spins a great story of family loyalties, the underworld and romance. Put these together and you can't put the book down. Carol Rivers is the only lady to keep me up until four o'clock in the morning!
If you only read one book this year read "In The Bleak Midwinter" and lose yourself to a roller-coaster of a read.
Winter 1919. Two months after the Armistice that ended the Great War, and life in London's East End is slowly returning to normal. But for 25-year-old Birdie Connor the battle is only just beginning. Frank, Birdie's older brother, has been sent to prison for deserting his army post whilst fighting in Belgium, and the shame heaped on the Connor family by their neighbours is unrelenting. Wilfred, Birdie's widowed father, has disowned Frank and vows that he will never set eyes on his son again, but Birdie cannot believe that her brother is guilty So when Frank escapes from prison and comes to find Birdie in secret, she promises to help him and is determined to prove his innocence. But little does she realise that she is exposing herself to danger as Frank gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble with the so-called friends he met in prison. Helped by the Connors' lodger, the handsome Harry Chambers, will Birdie be able to find the proof that Frank needs in time to reconcile him to their frail father before it is too late? And can she build a future to keep herself and her younger brother, Patrick, safe?
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