What Child Is Thisby Rhys Bowen Published 06 Nov 2018
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Christmas during World War II is a time for small miracles in this bittersweet short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and In Farleigh Field.
Jack and Maggie Harris are adrift on ravaged streets during the London Blitz. Their home is gone. They have nowhere to go and nothing left to lose. With only the memories of their greatest loss—the death of their child during a Christmas years before—Jack and Maggie settle in a seemingly deserted mansion for the night.
Inside they find shelter, warmth, and a bit of cheer. They also discover a surprise. Now, in the darkest of times, the unexpected compassion of strangers will make this Christmas one to remember forever.
"What Child Is This" Reviews
Charming short story set in Britain during the war. In 1940 a couple are forced to leave their home on Christmas Eve during the London Blitz. With nowhere to go, their home is gone, they go for shelter from the air raids to an underground tube station. Later on they take shelter in a deserted mansion. What follows is a story about the kindness of strangers during wartime. People helping each other out, not knowing what the next day will bring. The author really gave me a good sense of place, I felt like I was in England during the war. The story was quite short and you were left sort of wondering what happens to some people in the book, but it seems to be more of a story of hope in bad situations. A lovely novella to read around Christmas time.
The story opens on Christmas Eve in London in 1940. It's the middle of the blitz, and rationing is in full effect, so it is looking like a very dismal Christmas for Maggie and Jack Harris. But then what little they do have is taken from them suddenly, and they find themselves on the streets. Jack goes looking for shelter and finds what looks like an abandoned house. Is it abandoned? What will Christmas day bring?
While I rarely read short stories, I had to grab this story from Rhys Bowen. Best known for her historical mysteries, this is more of a glimpse at tragedy and triumph during 24 hours. As such, it doesn't have the twists or shocks you might expect, but it is a very heartwarming tale. Jack and Maggie really shine, although I did find Maggie annoying at times. Believable, but annoying. A quick read (I read it in about an hour), this is a good way to hold on to the Christmas spirit just a little bit longer.
Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Actual rating: 3.75
A short Christmas kindle - London being bombed - Mixture of longing, sadness and hope.
Wonderful Christmas read set during one of the darker moments in Britain's history - the country locked in the midst of WWII. Yet people remain strong and strive to be positive - as these characters do. I loved all the background detail of the period and the characters. The ending had me smiling and feeling festively satisfied.
Full review: https://rolandclarke.com/2018/12/20/%...
Short little Christmas story set in London during the WWII blitz. Okay --- but not great.