I was kindly gifted this book for review by Nicola and Bombshell books, however I had also purchased an E-book version and as always reviews are my own honest opinions.
Reading the blurb already had me eager to dive into the story of Molly Thomas;
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. While Molly searches the streets for little 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?
Molly’s story is emotional from the get go. For a first time novelist I was genuinely captivated by the story telling and flow of this book. I experienced a myriad of emotions through the read. At certain stages of the book, without giving the plot away, I struggled with how I could feel both dislike and empathy with the main character. I quickly became attached to Molly and felt myself emotionally attached to her, wanting her to have happiness. Her early beginnings leave scars that follow, torment and shape her life and make for an excellent storyline.
Nicola’s debut novel reminds of one my favourite authors Lesley Pearse, both beautiful writers who bring historical novels to life with characters of those times. I would say to label this as purely a historical novel is wrong as it blends across genres easily with sinister undertone and emotional drama in the plot.
I cannot wait to read more of Nicola Cassidy’s work in the future and would highly recommend her book “December girl” if you have yet to read it. You can also find Nicola over on her popular blog http://www.ladynicci.com.