- Hardcover: 480 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (4 Aug. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847376894
- ISBN-13: 978-1847376893
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.8 x 24.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,991,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In the Bleak Midwinter Hardcover – 4 Aug 2011
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About the Author
Mother-of-three Carol Rivers, whose family comes from the Isle of Dogs, East London, now lives in Dorset. Visit www.carolrivers.com
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I can't believe I haven't discovered Carol Rivers before now. Writing in the tradition of Catherine Cookson and Lena Kennedy, she re-creates for her readers the London of yesteryear, populating her story with characters that are larger than life and resonate long after the last page is turned.
Set just after WW1 has ended, Birdie is a real life heroine, looking forward to being a good wife to her intended Donald Thorne, who has visions of expanding his grocery shop. Birdie Connor is a loving daughter, and both sister and substitute mother to young Pat, on the cusp of adulthood. Like many young girls she has an eye for fashion, she also has a talent for dressmaking. There is sorrow in her life though. Her eldest brother Frank has brought shame on the family, breaking his father's heart, having been accused and convicted of desertion. And Birdie can't understand why Donald can make time to walk out with his brother's widow, yet insists the only way Birdie and he can be alone together is if Birdie works long hours in his shop. When Frank breaks out of jail, and gets involved with Russian `white' terrorists tension mounts and it's down to young Pat and Harry, the Connor's lodger, to pit their wits against desperate people and the police to salvage the Connor's honour and Birdie's happiness.
All through the book, I longed for Birdie to tell Donald where to stick his rotten fruit and veg, and take a better look at Harry, a man quietly supporting Birdie while nurturing a growing building company.Read more ›
I enjoyed this book very much. With In The Bleak Midwinter, the reader finds themselves once again transported to East End London, this time after the Great War when the community is trying to get as back to normal as is possible. Carol Rivers manges to portray the era excellently, providing the readers with an understanding and an insight into how life was, and the effect that the War had on families, the pain, disruption and suffering that it caused.
The characters in the story were captivating, they were very well developed and as the reader I felt so involved with the characters that I was desperate to read on as more of their story was revealed. Birdie is the perfect heroine, always wanting to do the best for her family, dreaming of being a loving wife to Donald, until she agrees to help Frank after he escapes from prison, potentially putting herself and those closest to her in danger. I was gripped with Birdie's story, and could not put the story down until I had finished!
This is yet another fantastic novel from Carol Rivers, full of lots of description and characters that will pull you in, keeping you with them right until the very end!
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Very enjoyable, hope to read more of this author's books.Published 12 months ago by Mary Theresa Scahill