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Charity's Child - Dark Deed or Virgin Birth? [Kindle Edition]

Rosalie Warren
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  • Length: 238 pages
  • Word Wise: Enabled
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Book Description

A Virgin Birth?

It’s 1984 and Charity Baker, aged 16, is pregnant.

Who is the father of her child? Could it be Alan, assistant pastor of the Crabapple Christian fellowship? Or could the father, as Charity is claiming, actually be God? Charity’s friend Joanne has her own reasons for needing an answer. But the truth, when it emerges, is dark enough to shake the strongest faith.

From a review of the first edition by Sam North,
"Rosalie Warren writes with authority... This is a disturbing, powerful tale..."

From an Amazon reviewer of the first edition:
Charity's Child is un-put-down-able - I read it in one sitting. Although targeted at teenage girls, it is highly readable for women of any age. It deals intelligently with some very uncomfortable issues;... religious fervour, marital breakdown, child abuse and the damage done to the minds of those involved. All the characters are absolutely credible and even the villains are treated to some sympathy in the search for understanding.

'Charity's Child' was first published by Circaidy Gregory Press in 2008. This is a revised edition. A sequel is underway.

Recommended age: 14+

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  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007Q2ZMTE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,617 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love Alan June 16, 2008
Here's a great read. Strong characters and strong emotions. It's an adult book, but it's also one of those titles that crosses the adult/young-adult divide. Teachers will love it. Bad teachers because of the issues - child abuse, self-harm, lesbianism, religious conviction vs scepticism - and good teachers because of the way they're covered, in such a vivid and quietly humorous way. No racism, thank the Lord, and the characters don't carry the issues around like placards; in fact they rather lead you up the garden path. There's one - Tom - who irritates me a bit, but he gets the ending he deserves. Some subtle discussions about God along the way. You'll be hooked from the 1st page and you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read April 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
What I particularly like about Rosalie Warren's books is that she isn't afraid of touching on difficult or sensitive issues, and she always handles them in a way that makes for enjoyable reading.
While Charity's Child does involve religion, lesbianism, child abuse and other serious issues, it's not as if this is a book written about these issues; these problems are just interwoven with the characters' lives. It's a great read that hooks you from the very beginning and holds onto you until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turner April 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've read two other of Rosalie Warren's books, Coping with Chloe and Low Tide Lunan Bay. There's no stopping her, she pulls out the plug, sets off on a mission and it's a non-stop ride through the story. Rosalie Warren doesn't let up, she gets the characters talking and it's like they're talking to me! Her dialogue is impeccable, the people are real and the issues meaningful. This is really good writing. She tackles a difficult subject with a light touch, human, puzzling and often, who would think of writing about some teenage girl getting pregnant by God? Why not? A must-read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the mystery April 25, 2012
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The narrator plunges us immediately into the mystery of Charity's pregnancy, then takes us back to how it all began, when Charity arrived in town and joined the 'Crabbies'. Her religious fervour made her an instant favourite with the assistant pastor, and Joanne, the narrator.

As the story unfolds and news of the pregnancy comes out, the Crabapple Christian Fellowship is tossed into turmoil. The story of Charity's Child is more than just the tale of two teenage girls trying to cope with the unexpected change. As Joanne tries to figure out her own sexuality and feelings for Charity, as well as the insistence that Charity's child was made by God, so the adults around them try to cope with their own issues, triggered by the potential scandal brewing in their midst.

I read the book in one day. It's very accessible and the narrative flows very easily. It is an easy book to read but one that gives the reader a lot to think about. The characters are engaging, wonderful and flawed.
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More About the Author

Hi, I'm Rosalie Warren and I live in the UK and write books for readers of all ages.

My first novel, 'Charity's Child - Dark Deed or Virgin Birth?', was published in 2008 by Circaidy Gregory Press. It's the story of a teenage girl who finds herself pregnant - and insists that the father is God. The truth, when eventually revealed, is rather shocking. The story is set in 1984 in an imaginary seaside town called Castlehaven on the North Yorkshire coast.

'Charity's Child' has just been republished as an e-book for Amazon Kindle, and is available to download now. It is a fully revised version of the first edition and is suitable for age 14-adult.

'Low Tide, Lunan Bay' is a romantic suspense novel aimed at adults. It's about a woman called Abbie who meets a wonderful man online and falls in love. But what is the matter with her daughters? Could Bill, the man of Abbie's dreams, be responsible for their bad dreams and difficult behaviour, or is there some other explanation?

Lunan Bay, by the way, is a wonderful secluded stretch of coastline in Scotland, between the cities of Dundee and Aberdeen. I used to live near there and the fantastic scenery helped inspire my book.

My book 'Coping with Chloe' is aimed at younger readers of 11 and upwards, and is about a girl called Anna, whose life is being taken over, in a very odd sort of way, by her twin Chloe. Anna's journey to understanding and acceptance of the situation is scary in parts but also has its funny moments. 'Coping with Chloe' is actually about sibling bereavement and has received 17 great reviews so far on It would be great to have some US readers, too.

I am working on a series for young readers of 7-9, which will be published, as was 'Coping with Chloe', by Phoenix Yard Books. More news on this soon!

I love engaging with my readers of all ages and hearing what you think of my work and, more generally, what kind of books you enjoy. I like visiting schools, running workshops and giving talks in libraries and so on. In fact I am very keen to help save our libraries, which are in dire danger of extinction in the UK owing to recent government cuts.

I will keep this page updated with my latest news.

Cheers for now
All best wishes and happy reading!


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