Sometimes I am reading a book and I can’t put it down, other times I read a book and I put it down simply because I don’t want it to end. I didn’t want December Girl to end.
December Girl is the debut novel by Irish Author Nicola Cassidy. Some of you may be familiar with Nicola from her lifestyle, parenting and literary blog, Lady Nicci. She already has a list of writing accolades including winning author in OrginialWriting.ie’s 2015 Anthology (Published 2015) and now the Louth lady has seen her debut historical fiction novel, December Girl, come to fruition.
Before I get on to the book itself I have to mention the dedication. It’s thoughtful, it is beautiful and I imagine it is something that English teachers worldwide aspire to read one day.
December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.
Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. From the outset, I knew Molly was as the author described. As she and her family are evicted from their home at Christmas time, Molly silently vows revenge on the cold-hearted land agent, Flann Montgomery for the catastrophic events that unfolded as a result of that night.
Utterly gripping, Molly’s life took a myriad of unexpected twists and turns. Then as she went about her day to day the unimaginable happens when her baby son Oliver is taken from his pram. As she spends her days searching, it would appear her baby has vanished. The author depicted Molly’s emotions to such a degree that I felt I was there, watching this distraught woman aching for her child.
The descriptive narrative throughout December Girl is enthralling. Uncomfortable when Molly was living through unspeakable events, emotional all the time, quite witty when I imagined lovable Henry willing himself to have feelings for a lady he wasn’t remotely attracted to. December Girl has an abundance of historical references and is at times inspired by real-life events.
Nicola Cassidy has gifted us a rare gem with Molly Thomas. The woman is forthright and strong, a feminist before her time and yet she is one of the most vulnerable women brought to life in a book. Loyal to her core, who loves with a fierce strength and will go to the ends of the earth for those that have her heart.
I am naturally drawn to historical fiction books and I was genuinely saddened to finish December Girl. It has been a major highlight of my book year.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of December Girl, however, I was under no obligation to provide a review.