Blog Tour: December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

October 26, 2017 Blog Tour, Book review 11 ★★★★

December Girl by Nicola Cassidy whirled me to 1894 rural Ireland and later to London on a riveting and emotional journey.  I loved reading it.  So I’m excited to join today’s blog tour to tell you a bit more about this début novel from a fellow Irish blogger.

Blog Tour: December Girl by Nicola CassidyDecember Girl by Nicola Cassidy
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
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four-stars

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?

December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.

ARC REVIEW Historical Page-Turner Tear Jerker

First Line of December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

“The sea was grey and the skyline was missing.”

My Thoughts on December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

My favourite thing about this book is how unexpected a journey it took me on.  I didn’t guess from the outset just what direction it would take, and how seedy the locations would actually be at times.  But I loved that unpredictability.  So I’m not going to dive too much into the plot in this review, so that you too can experience that journey.

The main character Molly is a rebel with a heart of gold.  Due to unfortunate circumstances, her family are evicted from their family home. And from that point onwards Molly plunged into a downward spiral.  But no matter how dubious her decisions were at times, I always rooted for her because I loved her family loyalties, and her dogged survivor instincts.  A true heroine in my eyes.

I also appreciated how meticulously researched the book was.  The facts seemed accurate to me, and nothing jarred me about the historical elements.  I’m a history nerd and I love my historical fiction but it needs to be authentic.  Thankfully it was!  The attitude of the characters, the language they spoke , and even down to the clothes they wore; all evoked a vivid sense of time and place.

I’m a book reviewer who rates with my heart.  Did the book make me feel?  Did the book make me forget it was a book and instead make me live the journey?  In this case, most definitely yes and yes.  My heart was put through the wringer at times and I felt all the emotions.  If you read this book, and your heart doesn’t break at times well then you’re stone.  Or at least a tougher person than me.

The bottom line: 

  • An unpredictable emotional journey with a loveable main character that was a pleasure to read.  Even if it broke my heart.

 

Rating Report
Characters
four-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

 

Who should read December Girl by Nicola Cassidy?

I’d recommend December Girl to you if you love historical fiction, emotional plotlines that tug at your heartstrings and strong vibrant characters.  Fans of authors such as Hazel Gaynor, Evie Gaughan, Pamela Ford and Maeve Binchy might also enjoy.

Thanks to Nicola Cassidy for giving me a copy of this book for review consideration.  As always, no matter what the source of the book, you get my honest, unbiased opinion.

Check out some of the other stops on this tour, to find out more about December Girl and Nicola Cassidy.

 

About Nicola Cassidy

Nicola Cassidy is a writer and blogger from Co. Louth, Ireland. She first began attempting novels around the age of six, but claims it took a random encounter with a ghost in her early 30s before she realised her true calling towards historical fiction writing and her first novel December Girl.

December Girl was recently picked up by Betsy Reavley of Bombshell Books, a new imprint for the successful crime publishers Bloodhound Books.  Publication date is set for October 2017.

Nicola (Nicci) Cassidy graduated with a BA in journalism from Dublin City University in 2005. She worked for a short time in journalism before turning to a career in political PR and later, marketing.  While working in Dublin, Nicola undertook a number of advanced writing courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre, and later started a lifestyle, parenting and literary blog LadyNicci.com.

Since 2015 Nicci has been longlisted in the Fish Publishing Short Memoir and the Irish Times Amateur Travel Writer Competitions, shortlisted in the Fish Publishing Flash Fiction and the Celtic Imbas Short Story Competition and selected and published in the Ernest Hemingway Flash Fiction Prize 2015 Anthology and OrginialWriting.ie’s 2015 Anthology. Her writing has been featured on widely read websites such as RTE Lifestyle, The Journal.ie, The Irish Times, Irish Central.com and HerFamily.ie

Her blog LadyNicci.com was shortlisted in the Blog Awards Ireland 2015 and 2016.

four-stars

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11 Responses to “Blog Tour: December Girl by Nicola Cassidy”

  1. Bookworm Brandee

    I like well-defined characters, accurate history, and a story that takes me along for the ride as well, Trish. I’m happy this was such a great read for you. I’m adding it to my tbr. 🙂

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