Christmas with the Cornish Girls
With the war ongoing, Lily is feeling anything but festive. That is, until Eva asks if she’ll join her in working at an officers’ convalescent home, lifting her spirits no end.
Eva came to St. Ives to be near the man who almost gave his life to protect hers. But will the wounded pilot ever help to heal himself by opening his heart to love?
Rose suspects the local orphanage is mistreating its charges – and it’s her job to uncover the truth before it’s too late…
Can the Cornish Girls help one another through the darkest days in order to give everyone in St. Ives the sparkling Christmas they so deserve?
Lily, Hazel, Eva are back along with Lily’s family plus we get to meet Sister Rose Gray (a nurse). Thanks to budget cuts, Lily needs a new position. Eva writes to Lily about an opening as assistant nurse at Symmonds Hall Convalescent Home for Wounded Servicemen near St. Ives where Eva works as a nurse. Rose is Eva and Lily’s superior, and she is a tartar (a real stickler for the rules). Rose is in love with Dr. Lewis Lanyon, but her beautiful younger sister, Elsie has laid claim. Rose is worried about the children in the orphanage next door. She feels that something is amiss with the caretakers and is especially worried about young Jimmy. Eva loves Flight Lieutenant Max Carmichael who is recovering at the hall from a spinal injury. Max has been told that he will never walk again, and he has given up hope. He refuses to consider a future with Eva. Lily has been put in charge of the Christmas party for the hall and she has no clue how to accomplish the daunting task.
Christmas with the Cornish Girls by Betty Walker takes us back to 1941 with the characters from Wartime with the Cornish Girls. I recommend reading the series in order (it will help you to know the characters, and what has happened to them). I thought Christmas with the Cornish Girls contained good writing with a steady flow. The characters are developed and relatable. I enjoyed the beautiful descriptions of Cornwall. We follow the day to day of life of Eva, Lily, and Rose at Symmonds Convalescent Home. We get to see how difficult it was to manage the large facility with limited staff and resources. There was so much uncertainty, turmoil, loss, and violence. They had to find joy where they could during these tumultuous times. The point-of-view switches between Ivy, Rose, and Eva. I enjoyed seeing Lily and Rose change over the course of the book. I think Lily leaving home for the new job was the best thing that could happen to her. I love the Christmas feel in the later part of the book. The Christmas party was the highlight of the story. I loved the ending and appreciated the epilogue. Christmas with the Cornish Girls will leave you smiling and a good feeling in your heart.
The Avid Reader
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