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Summary

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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Charming festive escapism

These stories are soothing and uplifting- the perfect escape into a world that never was but we all wish we had been part off. Replete with roast goose, match-making child prodigies, minor mysteries and improbable romantic liaisons you won’t be disappointed! Anne of Green Gables meets Emma meets murder she wrote!

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very enjoyable and easy listening, thank you.

very enjoyable and easy listening, narration was good and overall an interesting experience. thank you.

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Excellent addition to the series.

Set in 1812, its a very good story about Christmas in a small village.
A very gentle romance, without sex.
Easy to listen to with grandparents and children.
Not laugh out loud funny, but entertaining without any violence.
Children are some of the main characters.
I will definitely be reading more in the series.
Strongly recommended.

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Very good but….

The narrator delivery speed needs speeding up , that is my only complaint.
I cannot decide who the audience for this series is for, as it has a mixture of adult and young reader elements

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  • Sharon
  • 12-03-21

Perfect cure for the holiday blahs

This series is a treasure to anyone seeking relief from traditional holiday stories. If you are maxed out on Tiny Tim and Scrooge, but still up for pleasant wholesome mini mysteries with happy endings, zero violence, zero foul language, and positive messages wrapped up in an old time English village, you'll love this series.

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  • Moriah Calender
  • 15-10-21

A Pleasant listen

This book has a pleasant, albeit slow, storyline that is well performed. My young children were able to enjoy it and I was glad for the wholesome, simple story to accompany us while driving and doing chores. The characters are endearing and the charming outcome is quite sweet.

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  • Lisa
  • 26-09-21

The coziest of cozy mysteries.

It is a given that most mysteries have a dollop of romance in them. However, so far this series has shown that mysteries do NOT require a dead body or two or three or...
This Christmas series is utterly delightful.

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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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  • Mary B. Wheeler
  • 10-12-21

Nifty little mysteries

Very enjoyable light hearted Christmas mysteries with outstanding narration. Helen Lloyd's voice is wonderful - like velvet. Well worth the listen!

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  • Karen M Davison
  • 03-01-22

One of the Best of its Kind!

Loved the quiet romance! Loved the interaction with children and the subtle guidance of the children to discover their own gifts and to trust their own judgment. A wholly satisfying listen.

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  • Desert Crone
  • 24-12-21

Just Okay

The first in the series was wonderful and rests in my Favorites folder until next year. The second in the series, however, just didn't have enough story for the length. Too much repetition. It was a three hour story and should have been okay to leave it at that. Ms Lloyd does a superlative job, as usual, and she's the reason I've downloaded book #3.

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  • DonnaF.
  • 12-12-21

Uplifting Holiday Story!

Charming characters, story, and narration. Enjoyable story reminding me of Dowton Abbey. Narration is fantastic and the the story and characters pull you right in.

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  • XmasMom
  • 08-11-21

Not good but not bad

I really liked the first one better, where they were looking for the evasive turkeys.

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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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