Rosebrook Chronicles by Helen J Christmas – Review (+Giveaway!)

Another day, another blog tour, and today I am pleased to be bringing you my review of Rosebrook Chronicles – Big thanks to Helen and Rachel from Rachels Random Resources for providing me with a copy of the book and for inviting me to be a part of the tour!


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.

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This was such a powerful read – Helen Christmas has managed to navigate the complicated worlds of abuse, politics and religion expertly, weaving the stories of her three main characters seamlessly together. Though this book does take a look at the horrors of childhood abuse, it does not dwell on the act of abuse so much as it tackles the aftermath. It allows us to see how their past abuse has affected the characters in later life, and which decisions they subsequently make. Be that which lies to tell, who to put their trust in (Rightfully or wrongly), or which path to take in life.

I found Peters to be the most interesting story of the three as he navigated the minefield of deciding how much information to reveal about himself. He spends so much of his time desperately seeking news of his baby sister, long ago sent away by the nuns for adoption, but at the same time he is running from the horrors of his past, determined to stay under the radar and not let the wrong people find him.

I understand this is connected to Helen Christmas’ Same Face Different Place series, exploring the lives of some of the more minor characters from it, but having now experienced her writing style and the complex lives of her characters, I am now very keen to get my hands on the full series and give it a read!

Purchase Links

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About The Author

Rosebrook Helen-Christmas-2018Helen 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.

Social Media

Facebook: @author.helenchristmas
Twitter: @SFDPBeginnings
Good Reads: @Helen_J_Christmas
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Instagram: @helenchristmas7


Win a signed copy of Rosebrook Chronicles (UK Only)

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