2 Dec 2022


Hurrah! The first of my Christmas 2022 books.

Amongst several bloggers {including Lainy at So Many Books, So Little Time; see her post herewho over 10 days will be participating in this Blog Tour. Today {the 9th day of the Tour) its my pleasure to be sharing my thoughts on ...


Genre ... Saga

Publication Date ... 24th November 2022

Publisher ... Headline

Standalone Novel

Estimated Page Count ... 384

Purchase Link ... https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mothers-Christmas-Wish-heartwarming-sacrifice-ebook/dp/B09GFHCKBP

 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. ... Synopsis

On the day Emma left Ireland and her old life behind, the first snow of winter fell. ... First Sentence, Chapter One: December 1923

One week later, on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, Emma stood proudly behind the bar at the Forester's Arms. She wore a white pinny over her skirt, and her long hair was neatly tied back. In the corner of the pub, the Christmas tree, still leaning to one side, was now decorated with paper chains. ... Memorable Moment, Page 101

 Disgraced girl is forced to leave her home after a dalliance with the vicar of all people, said girl falls in with a bad boy, becomes pregnant and catches the eye of the previously overlooked nice guy who is intent on winning her over.

With female leads of the kind I adore, Emma's aunt Bessie, kind hearted, loving and yet at the same time, strong minded and certainly no one's fool, the back bone of the community, a typical, no nonsense, north east woman, the lynchpin of a story which, as my beloved late nana would say, warms the cockles of your heart.

A Mother's Christmas Wish is one of those easy reads  that, like slipping your feet into well worn slippers, feels reassuringly warm and familiar; its gossip fuelled 1920's small small village setting and its warm, feisty female leads, a setting and characters that, doubtlessly recognisable if you've ever read a book by the likes of Catherine Cookson, make for ideal winter reading.

About Glenda Young ... Glenda Young credits her local library in the village of Ryhope, where she grew up, for giving her a love of books. She still lives close by in Sunderland and often gets her ideas for her stories on long bike rides along the coast. A life-long fan of Coronation Street, she runs two hugely popular fan websites.

Follow Glenda Young ... For updates on what Glenda is working on, visit her website glendayoungbooks.com and to find out more find her on Facebook/GlendaYoungAuthor and Twitter @flaming_nora. 


Kelly said...

I wouldn't have thought this would appeal to me, but you've definitely made it sound good. This is a good time of year for light, easy reading.

nightwingsraven said...

After reading your- and Lainy's review,
this sounds like a truly heartwarming
book with female leads which I could
appreciate and I will keep it in mind.
And thank you for your excellent review.

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

I was only commenting to one of my fellow reviewers yesterday, that this storyline had many similarities to that of a Catherine Cookson novel, even down to its North East setting and the hometown of its author, so it's good to see that I wasn't that far adrift from your own thinking.

I think I overdosed a little on Cookson books in my younger days, so this is a genre I now tend to indulge in sparingly. However, as a new to me author, I am adding Glenda's name to my list of writers I need to try.

Thanks for a lovely post! :)