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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for What Child Is This

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Charming short story set in Britain during the war. In 1940 a couple are forced to leave their home on Christmas Eve during the London Blitz. With nowhere to go, their home is gone, they go for shelter from the air raids to an underground tube station. Later on they take shelter in a deserted mansion. What follows is a story about the kindness of strangers during wartime. People helping each other out, not knowing what the next day will bring. The author really gave me a good sense of place, I f Charming short story set in Britain during the war. In 1940 a couple are forced to leave their home on Christmas Eve during the London Blitz. With nowhere to go, their home is gone, they go for shelter from the air raids to an underground tube station. Later on they take shelter in a deserted mansion. What follows is a story about the kindness of strangers during wartime. People helping each other out, not knowing what the next day will bring. The author really gave me a good sense of place, I felt like I was in England during the war. The story was quite short and you were left sort of wondering what happens to some people in the book, but it seems to be more of a story of hope in bad situations. A lovely novella to read around Christmas time.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Sometimes we just need that little nudge to shift our hearts in the right direction..... Rhys Bowen presents a Christmas short story echoing from times past, but surely winding its way into the present. Somehow the simplest of messages carry the most impact. A young couple, Jack and Maggie Harris, are surrounded by another Christmas Eve crouched on their doorstep. They sit in their darkened apartment listening to a scratched Glenn Miller record as they sway to musical notes caught in the web of th Sometimes we just need that little nudge to shift our hearts in the right direction..... Rhys Bowen presents a Christmas short story echoing from times past, but surely winding its way into the present. Somehow the simplest of messages carry the most impact. A young couple, Jack and Maggie Harris, are surrounded by another Christmas Eve crouched on their doorstep. They sit in their darkened apartment listening to a scratched Glenn Miller record as they sway to musical notes caught in the web of their own souls. The loss of their young daughter still weighs heavy on them. Outside in the streets, London reacts to the relentless Blitz as people rush to the underground for safety. Hitler has made his presence known. Suddenly, a rapid pounding disrupts them from their reverie. The house next door has caught fire from the bombing and the flames tease with smoke and oppressive heat upon their apartment. Jack and Maggie run out into the streets leaving everything behind. Loss just seems to leave a bigger and bigger imprint upon them. Rhys Bowen will keep us on the run with this young couple seeking something far beyond themselves on this dark Christmas Eve. Bowen has a rare talent for setting the scene with challenges to the human spirit. She shifts aside the curtain and allows us to experience the fear, the panic, and the desolation that Londoners felt as the wheels were coming off the world during the war. But she also infuses a deep sense of hope and stamina. It's a reminder that even a flicker of light is enough to guide leaden feet in the right direction. What Child Is This is available for $1.99 right now on Amazon. A very short, but spirited read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    This was an enjoyable, heartwarming Christmas novella set during WW2 in Britain during the air raids. When a married couple loses everything they have and stumbles upon a house that seems abandoned, is it the answer to their prayers? Wonderful historical detail. Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    ”’It’s hard to imagine there is a God at the moment, isn’t it?’ he said. ‘If I was watching this from up in heaven, I’d want to step in and put a stop to it.’” Set in 1940’s London, with World War II always a factor, challenging life in everyday ways, Christmas looms despite the blackout curtains covering windows throughout the city, although the cupboards are mostly bare with rationing. And as Maggie and Jack are lost in their thoughts of old memories of better times, a time when their littl ”’It’s hard to imagine there is a God at the moment, isn’t it?’ he said. ‘If I was watching this from up in heaven, I’d want to step in and put a stop to it.’” Set in 1940’s London, with World War II always a factor, challenging life in everyday ways, Christmas looms despite the blackout curtains covering windows throughout the city, although the cupboards are mostly bare with rationing. And as Maggie and Jack are lost in their thoughts of old memories of better times, a time when their little girl was still alive. In mere moments, life takes a turn for the worse when the bombing they believed would never happen on Christmas Eve does, in fact, happen. They have no choice but to evacuate. But…to where? After wandering around for some time trying to find a decent place to spend the night, Maggie wants to settle in the park, but then Jack finds a home that seems to be uninhabited. The people who own this home, which is more a mansion than a home, have left behind enough food for them for the evening. It is at least warmer, and drier than the park, with some reminders of how life used to be. A surprise or two awaits them, which takes this story in an unexpected direction, sharing a story of unforeseen kindness, and the positive impact on both the giver and receiver. An Amazon Original story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    The story opens on Christmas Eve in London in 1940. It's the middle of the blitz, and rationing is in full effect, so it is looking like a very dismal Christmas for Maggie and Jack Harris. But then what little they do have is taken from them suddenly, and they find themselves on the streets. Jack goes looking for shelter and finds what looks like an abandoned house. Is it abandoned? What will Christmas day bring? While I rarely read short stories, I had to grab this story from Rhys Bowen. Best kn The story opens on Christmas Eve in London in 1940. It's the middle of the blitz, and rationing is in full effect, so it is looking like a very dismal Christmas for Maggie and Jack Harris. But then what little they do have is taken from them suddenly, and they find themselves on the streets. Jack goes looking for shelter and finds what looks like an abandoned house. Is it abandoned? What will Christmas day bring? While I rarely read short stories, I had to grab this story from Rhys Bowen. Best known for her historical mysteries, this is more of a glimpse at tragedy and triumph during 24 hours. As such, it doesn't have the twists or shocks you might expect, but it is a very heartwarming tale. Jack and Maggie really shine, although I did find Maggie annoying at times. Believable, but annoying. A quick read (I read it in about an hour), this is a good way to hold on to the Christmas spirit just a little bit longer. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rafael

    Christmas WWII Maggie and Jack Harris just lost everything during the London blitz, they scape in time to save their lives but not their house, tired of the chaos and despair they ditch the shelter and take a train out of there, far from what use to be home and contemplating sleeping on the park, they found an open empty beautiful house... Along with a lonely child. This is one of the most heart warming Kindle Singles I have ever read, and it was really appealing from the beginning, I really like Christmas WWII Maggie and Jack Harris just lost everything during the London blitz, they scape in time to save their lives but not their house, tired of the chaos and despair they ditch the shelter and take a train out of there, far from what use to be home and contemplating sleeping on the park, they found an open empty beautiful house... Along with a lonely child. This is one of the most heart warming Kindle Singles I have ever read, and it was really appealing from the beginning, I really liked it, short, concise and real, this is the kind of WWII stories everyone wants to read, I'm hungry for more, great narrative.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    What a sweet little Christmas story! I loved reading about Jack and Maggie and their longing to have a better Christmas than the daily grind of war rations and bombings. When the worst happens, and they are left homeless on Christmas Eve, they take shelter in a home that has a door hanging open. What sort of future might that door lead to? Content: Jack swears pretty frequently, but it's borderline profanity What a sweet little Christmas story! I loved reading about Jack and Maggie and their longing to have a better Christmas than the daily grind of war rations and bombings. When the worst happens, and they are left homeless on Christmas Eve, they take shelter in a home that has a door hanging open. What sort of future might that door lead to? Content: Jack swears pretty frequently, but it's borderline profanity

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    Actual rating: 3.75

  9. 4 out of 5

    TL

    *read for free with Kindle Unlimited* This was so good, had me tearing up a few times for more than one reason and warmed my heart as well, especially near the end. I had to blink a few times after the last page because I was hoping for more with these people and it was over. The ending wasn't abrupt but the way everything was written, I forgot it was a novella/short story after the first chapter (high praise). Not always an easy thing to make a short story and the characters feel alive and have a *read for free with Kindle Unlimited* This was so good, had me tearing up a few times for more than one reason and warmed my heart as well, especially near the end. I had to blink a few times after the last page because I was hoping for more with these people and it was over. The ending wasn't abrupt but the way everything was written, I forgot it was a novella/short story after the first chapter (high praise). Not always an easy thing to make a short story and the characters feel alive and have a Spark to it all. It takes a talent as well to wrap it up without feeling rushed or cheated. Miss Bowen has done very well here. I highly recommend this and will definitely be checking out this author's other works next year:).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    A short Christmas kindle - London being bombed - Mixture of longing, sadness and hope.

  11. 4 out of 5

    RedRedtheycallmeRed

    2.5 STARS The constant negativity of Maggie overshadowed everything else in the story. It’s not that she didn’t have reasons to be unhappy, but Jack at least tried to see something positive in their situation.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    Christmastime always reminds Maggie and Jack Harris of the horrific loss of their child many Christmases ago. Now, in 1940 London, they find themselves facing another loss . . . their home and all that they own falls right in the path of the Christmas Eve Blitz. With their home destroyed, they take shelter in a seemingly deserted mansion where an unexpected surprise awaits them. In this dark time, can they find hope for the days ahead? Available only as an e-book, this short story is a treat for Christmastime always reminds Maggie and Jack Harris of the horrific loss of their child many Christmases ago. Now, in 1940 London, they find themselves facing another loss . . . their home and all that they own falls right in the path of the Christmas Eve Blitz. With their home destroyed, they take shelter in a seemingly deserted mansion where an unexpected surprise awaits them. In this dark time, can they find hope for the days ahead? Available only as an e-book, this short story is a treat for readers. Set during the Second World War, it has a strong sense of place, pulling the reader into the horrors of war-torn London. Believable characters and a tense, suspenseful plot keep the pages turning while the true meaning of Christmas leaves the struggling couple filled with new hope. It’s the perfect story for the season . . . don’t miss this one. Highly recommended.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ange H

    Christmas 2020 - Nice-ish An unusually somber Christmas short story set in London during WWII. On Christmas Eve, Jack and Maggie Harris must flee from their flat after a bombing raid by the Nazis, leaving behind everything they own, which is precious little. Maggie is really annoying and whiney, even though she has good reason to be. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her. This was a quick, decent read, but because of my dislike of the main character, I wasn't as charmed by the inevitable Christmas 2020 - Nice-ish An unusually somber Christmas short story set in London during WWII. On Christmas Eve, Jack and Maggie Harris must flee from their flat after a bombing raid by the Nazis, leaving behind everything they own, which is precious little. Maggie is really annoying and whiney, even though she has good reason to be. Her husband is a saint for putting up with her. This was a quick, decent read, but because of my dislike of the main character, I wasn't as charmed by the inevitable Christmas 'miracle' as I might have been.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laur

    Ok....I’m in a minority here, but when is it OK to steal, go into someone’s house and squat their food just because the door is open, jump on a train without paying for tickets, and call it all a Christmas MIRACLE because you took advantage of situations you wouldn’t get caught doing even though you knew it wasn’t right? (Well this yang and yang went on through the whole story with this couple... she constantly telling him NOT to do it, but when he did....she didn’t much seem to fuss). He even e Ok....I’m in a minority here, but when is it OK to steal, go into someone’s house and squat their food just because the door is open, jump on a train without paying for tickets, and call it all a Christmas MIRACLE because you took advantage of situations you wouldn’t get caught doing even though you knew it wasn’t right? (Well this yang and yang went on through the whole story with this couple... she constantly telling him NOT to do it, but when he did....she didn’t much seem to fuss). He even endearingly called her his “proper little Hilter” at one point. Whaaat?? I don’t get it. The couple were down and out on their luck. Very brief mention of having lost their young child to an illness. Yes their house was bombed in a raid, they had little else but the clothes on their backs, and little money in their pockets. It sucked. He wanted to comfort and provide for his wife; she was going to go crazy and most often focused on the negatives and always telling him about what he shouldn’t do. No Christmas miracles here, not that I was particularly looking for one except that the author constantly referred to miracles, when in fact, they helped themselves to another’s belongings or took advantage of a situation. An act of kindness offered at the end of book for an exchange of work (which was nice), but I just wasn’t feeling the warm fuzzies other readers felt from this story. The characters were flat and predictable. The plot - pointless. The ending - unsatisfying.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Deacon Tom F

    A Lovely Story of Christmas Hope This was a nice story. All about Christmas during the WWII bombing of Britain all wrapped together. It was hope overcoming the despair of war; the cruel to war and the losses of war. Wonderful wonderful book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lady Delacour

    A nice Christmas war story. Finding the good in the bad. Listened with TTS. Clean Story. A little Foul Language.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roland Clarke

    Wonderful Christmas read set during one of the darker moments in Britain's history - the country locked in the midst of WWII. Yet people remain strong and strive to be positive - as these characters do. I loved all the background detail of the period and the characters. The ending had me smiling and feeling festively satisfied. Full review: https://rolandclarke.com/2018/12/20/%... Wonderful Christmas read set during one of the darker moments in Britain's history - the country locked in the midst of WWII. Yet people remain strong and strive to be positive - as these characters do. I loved all the background detail of the period and the characters. The ending had me smiling and feeling festively satisfied. Full review: https://rolandclarke.com/2018/12/20/%...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    You know what I dislike? Looking forward to a book, even a short one, that doesn't live up to expectations. What I liked about What Child Is This: Location and genre - I am a sucker for historical fiction, Christmas stories, WWII Britain. In fact, I only recently finished another WWII historical fiction novel set in Britain, though that was post-war not mid, and I wasn't the least bit bored by it. What I didn't care for: This story wasn't meant to be short - I believe I was disappointed by this stor You know what I dislike? Looking forward to a book, even a short one, that doesn't live up to expectations. What I liked about What Child Is This: Location and genre - I am a sucker for historical fiction, Christmas stories, WWII Britain. In fact, I only recently finished another WWII historical fiction novel set in Britain, though that was post-war not mid, and I wasn't the least bit bored by it. What I didn't care for: This story wasn't meant to be short - I believe I was disappointed by this story because it was so vastly underdeveloped. Yes, I am aware that it was outright stated on the cover that it was a short story. Some stories lend themselves to being completed quickly. This one was not one of them. I felt like there was so much more that could have been told here. I wanted more of this story. I wanted to delve into these characters. Brief explanations felt forced; more gradual and timely release of details would have been so much better. The characters felt unlikable - It may have been that their flaws were made evident but there was never any time to really get to know them, so I failed to find them all that sympathetic, even given their circumstances. At any rate, they may have been likable, but I never got a chance to feel that way. Lack of any resolution - The story just dropped off. I almost felt as if this was meant to be a teaser for a full-length novel. Overall, I simply felt dissatisfied by the unfulfilled potential of What Child Is This. This is the first I've read of Rhys Bowen's books. I won't hold this against her; I'll wait to decide how I feel about her writing when I've read something full length.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    2nd time reading.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    This is a nice Christmas story set in London during the Blitz. The narrator did a good job and of course there is a happy ending, although not completely unreal either.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. What child is this? A Christmas story is one of my favorite kinds of feel-good books. Jack and Maggie are suffering through the second World War and enduring the blitz. One night their home burns down and they seek shelter in a seemingly deserted house. They discover a hamper of food and are settling down to enjoy this comfort when they discover they are not alone. Peter a six-year-old child that has been waiting days for his mother to return appears. I know it is quite evil to say this but I was What child is this? A Christmas story is one of my favorite kinds of feel-good books. Jack and Maggie are suffering through the second World War and enduring the blitz. One night their home burns down and they seek shelter in a seemingly deserted house. They discover a hamper of food and are settling down to enjoy this comfort when they discover they are not alone. Peter a six-year-old child that has been waiting days for his mother to return appears. I know it is quite evil to say this but I was hoping his mother had been killed and he could belong to Maggie and Jack. They had lost a child and it would be a fortunate ending considering how Peter's mother behaved toward her child. Anyway more terrible things happen and Jack becomes a hero. I have a preference for the Amelia character. She was a strong woman. A good ending but I still preferred the child belonging to Jack and Maggie.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    What Child Is This is a heartwarming short story by author Rhys Bowen. Set in WWII, a couple is left homeless when their house is destroyed by a bomb on Christmas Eve. The bomb shelter is overcrowded so they head out to hunt for somewhere else safe to spend the night. They come across what seems like an abandoned house. The open door seems an invitation so they decide to stay. But, just as they are settling in, they discover they aren’t alone when a young boy appears. Even in the worst of times, What Child Is This is a heartwarming short story by author Rhys Bowen. Set in WWII, a couple is left homeless when their house is destroyed by a bomb on Christmas Eve. The bomb shelter is overcrowded so they head out to hunt for somewhere else safe to spend the night. They come across what seems like an abandoned house. The open door seems an invitation so they decide to stay. But, just as they are settling in, they discover they aren’t alone when a young boy appears. Even in the worst of times, sometimes miracles can happen. I am normally not a fan of short stories. It takes an exceptional writer to create a complete tale in such a short space. Fortunately, Rhys Bowen is such a writer. The story was compelling with characters easy to care about and with a satisfying end. Perhaps the most interesting part, however, is how Bowen captured what it must have been like during a blitz and especially in the shelters. Definitely a high recommendation from me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Krista

    Short little Christmas story set in London during the WWII blitz. Okay --- but not great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Set during the Blitz in World War II London, Maggie and Jack Harris lose their home on Christmas eve. Amazingly they find a home open and a boy home alone. Maggie tries to dissuade him, but Jack still has some tendencies to steal what he believes will not be missed. However, they do need a place to stay overnight, and the open home which has food is preferable to a park. I don't want to spoil it too much, but it is an enjoyable historical short story. Set during the Blitz in World War II London, Maggie and Jack Harris lose their home on Christmas eve. Amazingly they find a home open and a boy home alone. Maggie tries to dissuade him, but Jack still has some tendencies to steal what he believes will not be missed. However, they do need a place to stay overnight, and the open home which has food is preferable to a park. I don't want to spoil it too much, but it is an enjoyable historical short story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    Christmas read. London home front World War II. a very heartwarming read. I have read from this author before. Okay, I went searching for the other book I have read by Rhys ...but I am not placing it right this moment!! I know I have wanted to read one of her books ...i'll keep looking, my kindle is so full ...i'll keep ya posted, Love her writing style ...must read ... will read more from this author very very soon. great cover too. Christmas read. London home front World War II. a very heartwarming read. I have read from this author before. Okay, I went searching for the other book I have read by Rhys ...but I am not placing it right this moment!! I know I have wanted to read one of her books ...i'll keep looking, my kindle is so full ...i'll keep ya posted, Love her writing style ...must read ... will read more from this author very very soon. great cover too.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    This was a short Christmas story taking place in London during WWII. It seemed to be a very realistic story for the time and gave the message of the season - hope.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Gleckler Clark

    A good read turn back the clock to the WWII era. Maggie and Jack Harris rush from their London home to escape an air raid and bombing that set their home on fire. Their life, according to Maggie has been ruined. However,it’s Christmas Eve and an opportunity (that turns into a blessed miracle is about to take place. I was simply looking for a quick read that would keep my mind busy as I feel from Orlando to Miami. This was just the right short story.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Faith Cummings

    What Child is this: a story of hope in the midst of chaos This is a well told tale of a family and a child left alone who find themselves together in London in 1940. The city has sustained many bombings and it's everyone for themselves for the survivors. Amidst the rubble of their lives and their homes, this child is rescued by a couple who are homeless after their house was destroyed. What happens after that is a story of hope and new lives even with the chaos all around them. I have read sever What Child is this: a story of hope in the midst of chaos This is a well told tale of a family and a child left alone who find themselves together in London in 1940. The city has sustained many bombings and it's everyone for themselves for the survivors. Amidst the rubble of their lives and their homes, this child is rescued by a couple who are homeless after their house was destroyed. What happens after that is a story of hope and new lives even with the chaos all around them. I have read several books by Reese Bowen and look forward to many more. This one may help to make your Christmas just a little brighter.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    "Christmas is ruined" moans Maggie on Christmas Eve during the London Blitz of WW2. No doubt how a lot of people are feeling this year with Covid19 lockdowns, very ill loved ones and saddest of all a loved ones empty seat at the table and only treasured memories remaining. Then things get worse for Maggie and her husband before they start to get a little better when they find a lost child and find in themselves the kindness to make that child's life a little better on Christmas day, giving thems "Christmas is ruined" moans Maggie on Christmas Eve during the London Blitz of WW2. No doubt how a lot of people are feeling this year with Covid19 lockdowns, very ill loved ones and saddest of all a loved ones empty seat at the table and only treasured memories remaining. Then things get worse for Maggie and her husband before they start to get a little better when they find a lost child and find in themselves the kindness to make that child's life a little better on Christmas day, giving themselves a little joy as they do. Counting our blessing might just be the order of the day and with a little kindness to ourselves and others our happiness, things might just improve, is the message I got from this sweetly told tale. A lovely little audiobook to help get into the spirit of the season. Merry Christmas to all.

  30. 4 out of 5

    J.S.

    Jack and Maggie are just settling themselves down on Christmas Eve in 1940 London when the air raid sirens wail and bombs fall on their neighborhood. Desperate to get away, they end up in the posh West-End and find an empty house with the door open and food inside. But it's not just food they find. This is a nice Kindle short-story with a nice Christmas ending. There's little drama or tension, just a pleasant ending for a couple who could use one. Jack and Maggie are just settling themselves down on Christmas Eve in 1940 London when the air raid sirens wail and bombs fall on their neighborhood. Desperate to get away, they end up in the posh West-End and find an empty house with the door open and food inside. But it's not just food they find. This is a nice Kindle short-story with a nice Christmas ending. There's little drama or tension, just a pleasant ending for a couple who could use one.

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