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#Review Christmas at the Farmhouse by Rebecca Boxall
Christmas at the Farmhouse
by Rebecca Boxall
As the anticipation of Christmas builds in the Nielsen family’s cosy farmhouse, Jo, Magnus and their grown-up children begin to congregate for a hybrid Danish-Jersey festive season, each with a surprise of their own – though the surprise that arrives over Christmas is the most life-changing of all.
Fifty years earlier, in 1969, Susan Jones finds herself being pursued by Mr Jenners, her former English teacher, and at the age of seventeen is packed off to a Home for Unmarried Mothers in London by her uncompromising father. As Christmas approaches, all she can do is desperately hope to be rescued, but will anyone be able to reach her in time?
The two timelines of this festive story gradually weave together in a tale that examines whether love and hope can eventually triumph over even the deepest sadness.
Rebecca Boxall is the award-nominated author of five bestselling novels – Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse.
Christmas at the Farmhouse is one of those short, feel good, heart warming stories that you can’t help but love.
Told in duel timelines from 1969 and 2019 we have Susan who ends up getting pregnant and then dealing with being sent to a home for unmarried mothers by her tyrant of a father who wouldn’t let her marry in order to keep the child. Its hard to imagine that this is what happened only 50 years ago, being forced to give up your baby because you weren’t married, I really connected with Susan and I was riveted by her tale.
In 2019 we are watching the Nielsen family get ready to celebrate Christmas in their cosy farmhouse, only Jo has a surprise for her husband Magnus that is going to both timelines together.
You can see where it is headed and I was every so emotional reading Sue reconnecting with her son Magnus, it truly was a heart warming read.
Author Bio –
Rebecca Boxall was born in 1977 in East Sussex, where she grew up in a vicarage always filled with family, friends and parishioners. She now lives by the sea in Jersey with her husband, three children and Rodney the cat. She read English at the University of Warwick before training as a lawyer and also studied Creative Writing with The Writer’s Bureau. She is the bestselling author of Christmas at the Vicarage, Home for Winter, Christmas on the Coast, The Christmas Forest and Christmas by the Lighthouse and was nominated for the Romantic Novelist Association Awards in 2020.
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