Caroline Cressey Takes Readers on a Journey of Hope and Healing
War can damage lives just as badly as it can devastate buildings and entire cities. What is war like to an innocent child? In her new novel, The Bluebell Wood, Caroline Cressey lets readers follow a group of orphaned children as they seek to find hope, humanity and love in the midst of the turmoil of war and social injustice.
Set in United Kingdom in the 1990s, The Bluebell Wood revolves around the lives of orphaned children and describes the harsh realities that exist in war-torn areas around the world. It is partly inspired by Cressey's experience meeting of refugee, orphaned and abused children while she studied in a convent school.
In the story, Cressey lets readers see how the children find hope in Sister More, the headmistress of a convent, who rescues them. Through the children's struggles, the author reveals the importance of love and what happens when children are deprived of this, their birthright. She also describes how parents and guardians hurt children in subtle and not so subtle ways and that children are highly sensitive and often mature in thinking than most adults give them credit for.
Peopled by richly drawn characters, The Bluebell Wood is at once a brilliantly wrought tale of an extraordinary journey and a deeply moving testament to the power of love, family and the human spirit.
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About the Author
Caroline Cressey has been passionate about books and writing since childhood and first began writing seriously when in her 20's. She emigrated from the United Kingdom with her then husband in 1983, and has since studied general and psychiatric nursing. She currently works in a private hospital in Brisbane as a registered psychiatric nurse.
The Bluebell Wood * by Caroline Cressey
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