Hi, Today I am on the blog tour for Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Stories By Helen J Christmas With Rachel’s Random Resources.
Thank you to both the Author and Blog Tour Organizer for allowing me to be a part of the tour and for the advanced reader’s copy.
I also apologize massively for being late with my tour due to my chronic illnesses flaring up. Thank you to Rachel for being her ever loving and patience self.
I received this book for free from the Blog Tour Organisers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Stories by Helen J. Christmas
on July 1, 2019
Published by Independently Published Genres: Historical, Mystery, Thrillers, Suspense, Psychological, Crime
Format: Kindle, ARC
Source: Blog Tour Organisers
This series of interwoven stories follows the lives of three abused teenagers, desperate to battle past traumas, pursue their dreams, find love and re-establish broken family ties.
London 1960. Robin is hypnotised by a dazzling moon and it sets him on a quest to seek a better life. Fearful of his future, he puts his trust in the wrong person, clueless of the trap he is falling into.
Dublin 1968. Two Irish orphans are separated by the Church. Six year old Bess panics at the thought of being sent to London. An English family want to adopt her but if only it didn’t mean abandoning her elder brother…
Peter meanwhile, has never forgotten her. Fighting to survive in a brutal orphanage, he risks a dangerous escape to reach the mainland and with the law on his tail, he heads for the Capital to find her.
It is not until the 1970s, the lives of the characters intersect. Struggling to cope in a harsh world, how do their experiences shape them into the adults they become and who among them will be believed?
One politician vows to introduce reforms to protect children. But when his only son is bullied at school, alleged to have committed suicide, he knows there is a lot more tunnelling to do if he is to unearth the evil embedded in society.
With snippets of social history from the 70s to the 90s, this book explores the hidden lives of three ordinary citizens.
These victims never had a voice.
I wrote this book in order to give them one
Oh, Jesus, this book was awesome.
Three stories are woven into one.
This book follows three young people.
Besse And Peter lost their parents and was separated. Besse to a home with nuns and eventually adopted by a couple in London.
Peter was sent to an orphanage, but he escaped first to Liverpool then finally to London to find his Sister. But unfortunately, he finds himself running from the Irish police and the senior priest of the orphanage. Taken in by a lovely couple who help and protected him.
Robin had just achieved his 0-Levels and was unfortunately physically abused and he wasn’t allowed to further his education. So he ran away and ended up living with his teacher.
This book contains abuse in all forms from mental, emotional, sexual and physical abuse and everything in between. How three young people living back then was trying to survive there childhood and fought it well into there adulthood. With there abuse and past very much still impacting there every adult lives. And Peter and Besse still trying to find each other. Robin turning to the dark side because of the abuse he suffered.
Helen’s point was to have these three people have a voice and for there voice and stories to be heard. Well, she absolutely nailed it and more. The characters are so well developed into true to life characters and within the setting surrounding these three tragic stories. She really brings London and Ireland to life, you could really see yourself back there in the 60’s to 90’s. This such a hard thing to do and she did the book so much justice.
Rosebrook Chronicles: The Hidden Stories is a very emotional, shocking, thought-provoking, moving, absorbing, and awe-inspiring book. Which covers a vast amount of topics adoptions, religion, politics, childhood abuse and lots more.
After reading this, I am very compelled to read the rest of the series and I have also just downloaded Book One ( which is free btw).
To see the trailer for this book click HERE
You can also find the Pinterest Board HERE which is pretty awesome.
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Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she wrote her decade spanning thriller series, Same Face Different Place, Between 2011 and 2017. This five-book mystery suspense series explores British culture and social history from the 70s to the 90s. Inspired by the Bronte sisters in 2016, Helen decided she wanted to develop her writing skills by compiling a book of character-driven short stories. In 2018 she completed Rosebrook Chronicles (The Hidden Stories), a unique novel which gives extra background information to her series. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provides endless inspiration for writing, something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self-employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter, and she enjoys blogging, country walks, photography and cookery.
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