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A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden

Poking Fun At Traditions

A Very British Christmas by Rhodri Marsden is a light hearted look at the traditions of a British Christmas.

The book is split into twelve chapters loosely following the twelve days of Christmas but looking at twelve different traditions. Each chapter has anecdotal stories included. Some are highly amusing, some are sad and some are just plain bizarre.

Reading the book, I certainly noticed things we do as a family or that happened in my childhood.  I definitely laughed out loud at times. I had a nostalgic look back with the mention of Morecambe And Wise… a staple part of Christmas in the 1970’s.

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The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart

Heart Breaking

The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart is a true story of Lucy, a foster girl searching for the  love of her family and seeking to find her place. It will break your heart.

Eight year olds should not have to fight for love. The reader sees the conflict between Lucy’s father and his partner. He seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Every time the reader gets their hope up, it seems another brick is cemented in the wall. We ‘feel’ for Lucy.

The story is also about the foster parents, Angela and Jonathan who are seen to have infinite love, patience, respect and boundaries. Giving a healthy home for Lucy to be loved and nurtured. They diplomatically fight her corner.

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The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart

Heart Breaking

The Girl Who Wanted To Belong by Angela Hart is a true story of Lucy, a foster girl searching for the  love of her family and seeking to find her place. It will break your heart.

Eight year olds should not have to fight for love. The reader sees the conflict between Lucy’s father and his partner. He seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Every time the reader gets their hope up, it seems another brick is cemented in the wall. We ‘feel’ for Lucy.

The story is also about the foster parents, Angela and Jonathan who are seen to have infinite love, patience, respect and boundaries. Giving a healthy home for Lucy to be loved and nurtured. They diplomatically fight her corner.

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The Choice by Edith Eger

Victim Or Survivor?

The Choice by Edith Eger is the true story of a concentration camp survivor who uses her experiences to help others. It is a painful read but one that also gives hope. We cannot stop the bad things from happening but “I can choose how to respond to the past.”

Our outlook to our circumstances will determine whether we survive or perish. “No one can make you a victim but you.” In the camps Edith Eger chose to focus on the good times. Her mind took her to places her body could not go. “We can’t choose to vanish the dark, but we can choose to kindle the light.”

Edith Eger survived because she held on to the positive. Her mindset was to survive today because tomorrow she would be free. Edith Eger survived Auschwitz, death marches and more camps. She clung on to hope.

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