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It's December 1810, and Lady Therese Osbaldestone is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey, her youngest daughter Celia's home. But then a carriage rolls up and disgorges Celia's three oldest children. Their father has contracted mumps, and their mother has sent the three - Jamie, George, and Lottie - to spend this Christmas with their grandmama in Little Moseley.

Therese has never had to manage small children, not even her own. She assumes the children will keep themselves amused but quickly learns that what amuses three inquisitive, curious, and confident youngsters isn't compatible with village peace. Just when it seems she will have to set her mind to inventing something, she and the children learn that with only 12 days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished. The children are as mystified and as curious as Therese - and she seizes on the mystery as the perfect distraction for the three children as well as herself.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Helen Lloyd, British actor and narrator, simply enchants with her delivery of this charming story.... Lloyd's portrayal of Lady O. is perfect, capturing her spine of steel and very soft heart. Her portrayals of the children, the young lords, and those working 'below stairs' are also spot-on. This is a true Christmas gift." (AudioFile)

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  • Richard T. Strecker
  • 30-10-17

Love Stephanie's books

Great read. Stephanie's writing always holds your interest and keeps you right in the story. This is interesting to finally find out more about Lady Osbaldestone. She has always been a great character in all the Cynster books, now she is on her own. I wan not sure I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I was hooked from the start.

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  • Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman
  • 22-08-18

The Lady with a cane is Charming

I was thrilled to discover Ms Laurens was starting a series for the intrepid Lady Osbaldestone. Her vignette appearances through the Cynster series and Bastion Club Series always made me curious. I wanted her back story. In LOCG you get those answers: what was her late husband like, was it s good marriage, and what’s the history behind her silver handled cane? You see a softer side of Therese as she deals with her grandchildren and the villagers where she currently resides. Clever n witty as always. SL and Lady O do not disappoint. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the series next installment.

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  • Patricia
  • 12-02-18

Very cute story

Engaging characters find a sense of belonging in a charming story where everyone starts out with a,Christmas that they do not expect to enjoy, iincluding unexpected last minute change of olan, unwanted visitors, and the escape of the Christmas dinner! Alll comes out right after the intervention of the good lady and Her three young assistants.

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  • Carol Mello
  • 09-02-18

Excellent Christmas novel

More than a romance, this novel is a mystery (where are the missing geese?) and a celebration of village life in an English village in 1810 at Christmas time. A satisfying story by a romance author, to be treasured annually like Dicken's A Christmas Story.