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‘Family Feeling’ by Judith Saxton


Ella lay in the bed and felt the quiet beginnings of pain, a purring warning which would presently intensify until it became next to unbearable. Don’t tense, she told herself, let the pain wash over you, until it gradually ebbs, and then the child will be born before you know it.

This would be her fourth child – and perhaps, this time, it would be the girl she longed for. After all, things were different this time.  This baby was coming in winter and not in spring or summer, and it would be born with the evening dusk and not with the rise of the sun. It would be wonderful to have a daughter, a little girl to dress in frills and hair-ribbons

Not that she would mind another boy. Ben was one of three sons and he took it for granted that she would bear boys. Since she enjoyed nothing more than pleasing Ben, all she need do was give birth to a healthy child.

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Author Judith Saxton says :- Be sure to see that the first few pages have the reader on the edge of his seat, unable to put the book down. Most editors only have time to read a few pages before making a decision; make those pages memorable!


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  • Hi Yvonne, It’s so good to be back. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

    An author much enjoyed by Mr T’s nana who found her books cozy without being overly romantic.

    ‘The trees are mostly skinny where the hermit lives, but they’re tangled over giant boulders with deadfall everywhere like pick-up sticks.’
    – The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story Of The Last Hermit by Michael Finkel.

    • Hi Tracy,

      It is so good to have you back and hopefully feeling much better and I appreciate you taking the time to visit so soon 🙂

      Judith Saxton also writes under the pseudonym of Katie Flynn, which I am sure is a name more familiar to most people. Although not a genre I can read on too regular a basis, I have enjoyed reading books by both authors in the past and reading ‘Family Feeling’ is also making a very small dent in my TBR mountain.


      I was quite enjoying the first lines you share – until I decided to check out the book and its full premise. Not only do I not ‘do’ biographies, but the thought of hiding out in the forest wouldn’t even figure in my thoughts. If I was thinking of becoming a recluse, which isn’t outside the realms of possibility, it would have to be in the comfort of my own home where I had continued access to heating and hot water!

      Whilst I might have admired Michael’s resolve and determination, when I saw these words at the very end of the premise ..

      “a man who was determined to live his own way, and succeeded”

      I couldn’t even begin to agree. In my opinion he did not succeed, as he relied on stealing from innocent folks who may not have had enough for themselves in the first place. Breaking the law may have been Michael living his own way, but are surely not actions which should be applauded or condoned.

      I look forward to reading your thoughts about this book 🙂

    • I have never had children of my own, but these opening lines sound descriptive enough for me, thanks!

      I guess that back at the turn of the 20th Century, babies would have automatically been born at home and simply to give birth to a healthy baby would have been an achievement, although men were much more focused on having as many sons as possible to carry on the family name than they are in todays modern world.

      Hopefully Ella’s confinement will be short and with a happy outcome!

      Thanks for stopping by and Happy Reading 🙂

  • I’ll admit I’m curious if it will be a girl this time! I was my mother’s fourth child, but we were evenly divided between girls and boys.

    I liked Tracy’s comment about this author’s books being cozy, but not overly romantic. Sounds like a good “escape” novel.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I come from a much smaller, but equally proportioned family, just my brother and myself, one of each, with me the eldest!

      Back in the day larger families were a common sight, but today the trend is definitely towards smaller family units, as education and increased awareness have taken hold amongst the young.

      There definitely isn’t the pressure on a woman to produce strong and healthy sons, that’s for sure.

      This one has been sat on my book shelf for years, in fact I believe it originally came from my mother-in-law.

      I enjoy a bit of romance every now and again, so long as it doesn’t dominate the entire storyline and as illustrated in those first few lines, I also like the social history and commentary that a well researched and written book can highlight.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend 🙂

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