Reminiscent of the work of Rosamund Pilcher, Maeve Binchy, - it's a sweet story, and would make a perfect Christmas present for anyone who likes family sagas and wholesome reads.
The Christmas Angel by Marcia Willett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
jaffa's rating 4paws - too many dogs for his liking - but he loved Jakey !!
Five year old Jakey lives with his widowed father Clem, in an old coach house which is attached to the nunnery at Chi- Meur, in Cornwall. The four aged nuns, who live in the main house, are looked after by Janna, who lives in a caravan in the grounds of the nunnery, and who is the provider of the special picnics that Jakey finds irresistible. The idyllic landscape that surrounds the nunnery is under threat from an avaricious property developer, who wants to buy the nunnery and turn it into a hotel, but to do so would mar this tranquil site forever.
This charming book captures from the opening page, and gently ushers the reader through a myriad of emotions. Throughout the story there is an overwhelming theme of family, and the stability that comes from being loved and needed is expertly explored. The characterisation is excellent, not only is Jakey adorable, but also the supporting cast of nuns, family members and assorted dogs add a special richness to the story. The wild Cornish beauty is beautifully illustrated, and as with all Marcia Willett’s novels, the landscape forms an important part of the narrative.
Overall, there is a quiet gentleness to this story which belies its strength, and it is indicative of Marcia Willett’s skill as a writer, that such a delightfully warm story captivates without becoming overly sentimental.
On a personal level I enjoyed this story; it is very easy to read, and as its title suggests would make a perfect seasonal read.
I reviewed this book for newbooksmag