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Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household are quietly delighted when her younger daughter's three children, Jamie, George, and Lottie, insist on returning to Therese's house, Hartington Manor in the village Little Moseley, to spend the three weeks leading up to Christmas participating in the village's traditional events.

Then, out of the blue, one of Therese's older granddaughters, Melissa, arrives on the doorstep. Her mother, Therese's older daughter, begs Therese to take Melissa in until the family gathering at Christmas - otherwise, Melissa has nowhere else to go.

Despite having no experience dealing with moody, reticent teenagers like Melissa, Therese welcomes Melissa warmly. The younger children are happy to include their cousin in their plans - and despite her initial aloofness, Melissa discovers she's not too old to enjoy the simple delights of a village Christmas.

The previous year, Therese learned the trick to keeping her unexpected guests out of mischief. She casts around and discovers that the new organist, who plays superbly, has a strange failing. He requires the written music in front of him before he can play a piece, and the church's book of Christmas carols has gone missing.

Therese immediately volunteers the services of her grandchildren, who are only too happy to fling themselves into the search to find the missing book of carols. Its disappearance threatens one of the village's most valued Christmas traditions - the Carol Service - yet as the book has always been freely loaned within the village, no one imagines it won't be found with a little application.

But as Therese's intrepid four follow the trail of the book from house to house, the mystery of where the book has vanished to only deepens. Will the four unravel the twisted trail of the missing book in time to save the village's Carol Service?

©2018 Stephanie Laurens (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • John
  • 26-12-20

Completely Satisfying Seasonal Tale

Once again I am happy to say all is well with this series,.. period Christmas time tale with a return cast of wonderful characters.. I am on to read # 3 right now..!!..Merry Christmas

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  • Emily Wood
  • 09-12-20

Will listen again next year

These book are fun, light listening. Perfect while wrapping presents and baking. I have enjoyed them enough to save them for a relisten next Christmas!

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  • Debbie
  • 28-11-20

Missing Music and Moody Melissa

The second in the Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles is just as charming as the first. After such a good time the prior year, Therese's three grandchildren, Jamie, George, and Lottie have asked to return to her home in Little Moseley for Christmas. But she receives a surprise, when her oldest daughter's girl, Melissa, arrives on her doorstep as well. Therese's daughter warns her mother that Melissa, at age 14 is at that moody and contrary age. So Lady Osbaldestone, who did not participate in the raising of her own children (they were reared by their nannies) has yet another challenge. But never fear, she's up to the task. Deciding to see what she can engage the children in, Lady Osbaldestone discovers that the church has a missing book of Christmas carols, and that the new organist cannot play without the written music in front of him. This time, with four of her grands in tow, Lady Osbaldestone, is off on the search for the missing book of Christmas carols. Moody Melissa turns out to be quite the sleuth, joining in with the other three, making grandmother proud indeed. And as usual, the group meet folks in the tiny village who need their help as well. Well done! I am anxious to listen to the next in the series.

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  • Christine F
  • 24-09-20

An entertaining bit of fluff

A pleasant way to pass a few hours. If you’re looking for a quick escape, relax and enjoy!

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 29-06-20

Still charming but with poignancy

Date: 1811 December
Chronology: set after Captain Jack’s Woman; before Lady Osbaldestone’s Plum Puddings in December 1812.

Incredibly, wonderfully charming. Books 1&2 in this series are outstanding. Recommend if you want a lovely story with a gentle romance and you don’t have to wait until Christmas to enjoy it.
Lady Osbaldestone’s grandchildren Jamie 9, George 8, and Lottie 6 have asked specifically to spend the weeks before Christmas with her in Little Moseley again this year.
This year they are joined by their cousin Melissa 14, in their search for a missing book of Christmas Carols and in nudging along a budding romance.
Lloyd is just the right voice for this character and story, and does a great job of narration.