December Girl by Nicola Cassidy

Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles. As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery. Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone. Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child? December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.

Molly Thomas is a feisty, independent soul, born on the Winter Solstice. At every stage of her life, she has faced troubles.

As a young woman, her family are evicted from their home at Christmas. Molly swears vengeance on the jealous neighbour and land agent responsible, Flann Montgomery.

Then in 1896, her baby son is taken from his pram. While Molly searches the streets for little Oliver, the police are called but her baby is gone.

Why does trouble seem to follow Molly? And will she ever find out what happened to her child?

December Girl is a tale of family bonds, love, revenge and murder.


I had a slight concern going back in to the 1800, but the story fit so well in to the era, that I soon settled in to the story.

It is set in parts, which does help with the plot.

Nicola Cassidy, gave us a family saga with darkness, twists and heart breaking moments.
I invested in to Molly’s character and she was brought to life extremely well. 

Wanting to follow her journey, which although not an easy path was eloquently written.

I loved being immersed into the lives, passing decades and just loved the grit, grimness, lives of those told. Molly really did have her life cut out from her from a young age, and is determined to make the most of every situation, however dire, she is always looking for a way out to save herself. 

When moving from Ireland to London, and her dreams don't quite follow plan, which is an understatement, she again looks for a way to save herself. She is such a diverse and interesting character, that you can't help but follow her and will her well. 

It took me back to my teens, when all I read was Catherine Cookson.

Perfect for reading this time of year, to get lost in the past in a novel that is spectacularly written. I hope to read more by this author soon.