Author ~ John McDonnell
Publisher ~ John McDonnell
Published ~ 9 December 2009
Genre ~ Historical/Short
My Rating ~ 4 bites out of 5
Constance was the prettiest doll in Miss Emily Hawthorne’s big
house. Every Christmas the now
grown up Emily had some little girls over for a tea party and it was the only
time she got her dolls down out of their cupboard. Philadelphia Constance,
as the prettiest, always had the place of honor.
Christmas 1937 was different though. Emily’s housekeeper caught a little girl named Sarah who had snuck into the kitchen and was stealing food. The poor little girl was dirty and obviously starving, so Emily invited her to sit at the table with the other little girls and share tea. When the party was over and Emily was distracted seeing the little girls to the door Sarah rushes off with
Constance, leaving her own beat up Raggedy Ann doll
behind. Constance goes on a cross country
adventure with Sarah and learns many things about life and herself.
I love that this short story is told from the viewpoint of
It’s well-written with a tight plot and well-developed characters. I like the
writing style, so I’m off to see what else McDonnell has out there.
*Many thanks to the author for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page.