A sweet historical romance set in England in the mid-1800s, Erin Grace’s Christmas at Etford Park follows the trials and tribulations of a family whose father died in the London cholera epidemic. With no social safety net, the mother relies on the rather dubious goodwill of a selfish aunt, and daughter Lily Bowden begins to wonder what the future holds—marriage to a pig-farmer perhaps, a life of service… certainly nothing to match the dreams she once held. A chance meeting might change everything of course, as Lily meets the second son of the local Lord. But another meeting waits in the wings with a deeper level of healing, as son and father despise each other, while daughter and aunt strike sparks of anger and rebellion. An appropriately quiet faith threads through the tale. Lily’s uncle’s the pastor, her aunt provides flowers for funerals and cakes for meetings—all cooked by Lily’s reluctant hands of course—and the reclusive, angry Lord might still be open to healing. Add a pinch of mystery, a well-placed spoonful of understanding, one surprisingly feisty young girl, some snow and candle-light, and the author, clearly a much better baker of words than Lily is of cakes, creates a lovely Christmas novel to inspire, intrigue and delight. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the publisher and offered to write a review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Erin Grace's love of collecting and reproducing antique lace led to a deep connection with the past. She felt that every snippet of the precious fabric held a unique story—one she longed to tell. But, as no two pieces of lace are the same, neither are her stories. Escaping from her real world of sales and marketing, she immerses herself in unfolding tales of dire circumstance, brave heroines, unscrupulous villains, and of course, passionate hot-blooded men. When not writing, she indulges in her love of home-style food by teaching her children to cook. She lives with her husband and three sons in the beautiful Blue Mountains of Australia.