What Child Is Thisby Published 06 Nov 2018
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Christmas during World War II is a time for small miracles in this bittersweet short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and In Farleigh Field.
Jack and Maggie Harris are adrift on ravaged streets during the London Blitz. Their home is gone. They have nowhere to go and nothing left to lose. With only the memories of their greatest loss—the death of their child during a Christmas years before—Jack and Maggie settle in a seemingly deserted mansion for the night.
Inside they find shelter, warmth, and a bit of cheer. They also discover a surprise. Now, in the darkest of times, the unexpected compassion of strangers will make this Christmas one to remember forever.
What Child Is This Reviews
The story opens on Christmas Eve in London in 1940. It's the middle of the blitz, and rationing is in full effect, so it is looking like a very dismal Christmas for Maggie and Jack Harris. But then what little they do have is taken from them suddenly, and they find themselves on the streets. Jack goes looking for shelter and finds what looks like an abandoned house. Is it abandoned? What will Christmas day bring?
While I rarely read short stories, I had to grab this story from Rhys Bowen. Best known for her historical mysteries, this is more of a glimpse at tragedy and triumph during 24 hours. As such, it doesn't have the twists or shocks you might expect, but it is a very heartwarming tale. Jack and Maggie really shine, although I did find Maggie annoying at times. Believable, but annoying. A quick read (I read it in about an hour), this is a good way to hold on to the Christmas spirit just a little bit longer.
Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
What a sweet little Christmas story! I loved reading about Jack and Maggie and their longing to have a better Christmas than the daily grind of war rations and bombings. When the worst happens, and they are left homeless on Christmas Eve, they take shelter in a home that has a door hanging open. What sort of future might that door lead to?
Content: Jack swears pretty frequently, but it's borderline profanity
Sometimes we just need that little nudge to shift our hearts in the right direction.....
Rhys Bowen presents a Christmas short story echoing from times past, but surely winding its way into the present. Somehow the simplest of messages carry the most impact.
A young couple, Jack and Maggie Harris, are surrounded by another Christmas Eve crouched on their doorstep. They sit in their darkened apartment listening to a scratched Glenn Miller record as they sway to musical notes caught in the web of their own souls. The loss of their young daughter still weighs heavy on them.
Outside in the streets, London reacts to the relentless Blitz as people rush to the underground for safety. Hitler has made his presence known. Suddenly, a rapid pounding disrupts them from their reverie. The house next door has caught fire from the bombing and the flames tease with smoke and oppressive heat upon their apartment. Jack and Maggie run out into the streets leaving everything behind. Loss just seems to leave a bigger and bigger imprint upon them.
Rhys Bowen will keep us on the run with this young couple seeking something far beyond themselves on this dark Christmas Eve. Bowen has a rare talent for setting the scene with challenges to the human spirit. She shifts aside the curtain and allows us to experience the fear, the panic, and the desolation that Londoners felt as the wheels were coming off the world during the war. But she also infuses a deep sense of hope and stamina. It's a reminder that even a flicker of light is enough to guide leaden feet in the right direction.
What Child Is This is available for $1.99 right now on Amazon. A very short, but spirited read.
This was an enjoyable, heartwarming Christmas novella set during WW2 in Britain during the air raids. When a married couple loses everything they have and stumbles upon a house that seems abandoned, is it the answer to their prayers? Wonderful historical detail.
Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
Christmastime always reminds Maggie and Jack Harris of the horrific loss of their child many Christmases ago. Now, in 1940 London, they find themselves facing another loss . . . their home and all that they own falls right in the path of the Christmas Eve Blitz.
With their home destroyed, they take shelter in a seemingly deserted mansion where an unexpected surprise awaits them. In this dark time, can they find hope for the days ahead?
Available only as an e-book, this short story is a treat for readers. Set during the Second World War, it has a strong sense of place, pulling the reader into the horrors of war-torn London. Believable characters and a tense, suspenseful plot keep the pages turning while the true meaning of Christmas leaves the struggling couple filled with new hope. It’s the perfect story for the season . . . don’t miss this one.