Saturday, April 16, 2022

Review: What Child is This? By Rhys Bowen


About the Book

Historical Fiction


Amazon Original Story

Release Date
November 6, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Christmas during World War II is a time for small miracles in this bittersweet short story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child and In Farleigh Field.

Jack and Maggie Harris are adrift on ravaged streets during the London Blitz. Their home is gone. They have nowhere to go and nothing left to lose. With only the memories of their greatest loss—the death of their child during a Christmas years before—Jack and Maggie settle in a seemingly deserted mansion for the night.

Inside they find shelter, warmth, and a bit of cheer. They also discover a surprise. Now, in the darkest of times, the unexpected compassion of strangers will make this Christmas one to remember forever.

My Review

The year is 1940 and the war in London is raging.  Jack and Maggie Harris are running for the lives after their home is bombed leaving them with nothing.  They discover a deserted mansion and decide to take refuge there.  However, things aren’t as peaceful as they might have seemed.

This is a very short story which touches the heart.  Although there aren’t many pages, it’s a powerful story that grips your emotions.  

I haven’t read many of Rhys Bowen’s books, but the ones I’ve read always leave me wanting more. I love her writing style. Her books target the emotions and don’t let you forget them even after the last page is turned.  I hope there will be a follow up to this one at some point. 

Disclosure:  I borrowed this one from the Kindle Unlimited library . All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I really enjoy Rhys Bowen but I haven't read nearly as many of her books as I want to read.

  2. I'm glad you posted about this book as it sounds intersting, I'd like to get it from the library. The only other book I've read by this author is The Tuscan Child and I liked it.


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