The Christmas Doll

  • by Elvira Woodruff
  • Narrated by Bernadette Dunn
  • 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long ago in London Town, at a time when the muffin man's cries began the day and the lamplighter ushered in the night, two young orphans lived together in the bleak, cold shelter of a public workhouse. Lucy Wolcott and her little sister Glory have no one in the world but each other. Every day, they labor from dawn to dusk stitching blankets and sacks. There is scant little to eat and the nights are cold and damp. The only ray of light in their lives comes from the stories that Lucy invents, stories about a family she barely remembers, and a lot doll named Morning Glory who, Lucy promises, is destined to return to them someday.
When a deadly fever sweeps through the workhouse, the girls flee for their lives to the mean streets of London. There, they desperately try to figure out how to survive.
While searching through the muck by the river, Lucy finds an old, discarded doll, which Glory is certain is the long-lost Morning Glory. But Morning Glory is no ordinary doll. And how she leads the girls to the most surprising turns of fortune makes for a heartwarming story that brims with love, hope, and the truest spirit of Christmas.


What the Critics Say

"A magical story, expertly incorporating a dash of Dickens with extensive historical research in the early Victorian era." (Kirkus Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Heartwarming Story

I purchased the christmas doll, not sure what to expect. At first I found the narrator's voice distracting, but as I became more involved in the story her voice was less intrusive.

This story reminds me a bit of "The Little Princess." The characters are endearing, and despite a somewhat bleak and heart-jerking storyline, there is thankfully, a happy ending. Good fun for everyone young and old. But don't forget your kleenex. You'll need it.
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- W

Heartwarming But Horrific

This wonderful tale of these two little girls is a must read. It is horrific to think that these kinds of events could/did really happen. But in the true sense of Dickens, we should not let it happen anymore. I love dolls and this helps explain why. Dolls heal us all.
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- Patti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-06-2005
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.