A Christmas Hope
Relatos , 2013
St Martin’s Press
London,1868. As the Christmas season begins, Claudine Burroughs feels little joy in the endless rounds of social calls and extravagant events. Helping at Hester Monk’s clinic for desperate women has opened her eyes to a different world, and her husband’s cold disapproval makes her unhappier still. Then her two worlds collide. A woman is brutally beaten during a Christmas party, and it becomes clear she was a prostitute, smuggled in by some unknown guest. Poet Dai Tregarron is accused of the attack but he insists he was trying to protect her from the violence of three rich young men. Claudine finds she believes Dai’s story, but with society closing ranks against him, how can she prove his innocence without risking everything?
A Christmas Hope is a festive tale of courage, faith, and the importance of fighting for the truth…