Blog Tour: Mothering Sunday - Guest Post by Rosie Goodwin

Today is my stop on the Blog Tour for Mothering Sunday by Rosie Goodwin. It's also its publication day, so huge congratulations to Rosie! To celebrate, she shares with us a beautiful post about mothers:

To mothers everywhere
by Rosie Goodwin

I was amazed when I began to research Mothers’ Day to discover for how long it has been celebrated! In Victorian times, young women in care who lived away from home working in service were allowed to have the morning off so that they could return to their families and attend the Mother’s Day church service with their mums. 

Most working-class people back then had very little money, so, when the service was finished their mothers would normally be presented with bunches of wild flowers or posies of violets, as feature in the book. Cards seem to be an addition to the day that came much later. In my book, I have tried to bring to life the true meaning of Mothers’ Day; it is a time when we can give thanks for our mothers and show them just how much they appreciate all they have done for us. For little Sunday Small, the main character in the story, each year when she attends the service at the local church with the other foundlings, it brings home to her just how much she has missed in not having a mother of her own. She clings to the hope that one day her mother will come to claim her, whilst not so far away in a beautiful manor house a lonely woman mourns the death of her three stillborn daughters. Materially she has everything she could ever wish for, but she would give it all up in a sigh for a tiny bunch of violets.

Many aspects of Mother’s Day remain the same today and I’m sure all you mums still enjoy it, just like me. There is nothing quite so special as the cards our children make for us, and the gifts they give, no matter how small, mean the world to us. We’re such a sentimental lot when it comes to our children! Lurking in my loft, I have boxes full of cards that my children and the dozens of foster children I have cared for over the years have laboriously made for me, and I treasure each and every one of them. We are all so busy with our lives, what with work commitments and one thing and another, but Mothering Sunday is a time when the whole family can come together to show our mums just how much they mean to us. 

Since losing my own mum seven years ago, it is a very poignant time for me now. I always visit the churchyard with her favourite flowers or a plant on that special day, but it isn’t the same as being able to give her a kiss and a cuddle and telling her how much I love her. Perhaps there’s a lesson there? We should all show our mums how much we love them while we can and not let life get in the way. 

For me, there is nothing quite so perfect as being presented with a bunch of daffodils or a small box of chocolates that the children are eager to give, and I love seeing their faces when they present them to us! 

About the book:

Title: Mothering Sunday
Author: Rosie Goodwin
Published: July 27th 2017 by Zaffre


1884, Nuneaton.

Fourteen-year-old Sunday Small has never lived outside the Nuneaton workhouse. The regime is cruel, and if it weren't for Miss Beau - who comes in every week to teach the children their letters - and her young friend Daisy, Sunday's life wouldn't be worth living. And now she's attracted the unwelcome attention of the workhouse master.

With no choice but to leave behind everything she knows, Sunday strikes out on her own to make her fortune and to fulfil her promise to come back for Daisy. And, secretly she dreams of finding the long-lost mother who gave her away.

But she's about to discover that, try as she might to escape, the brutal world of the workhouse will not let her go without a fight...

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