A Christmas Promise: A Novel

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Ballantine Books, 2009 - Fiction - 193 pages
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Anne Perry’s Victorian Christmas novels have attracted as many faithful readers as her twoNew York Timesbestselling series featuring investigators Thomas Pitt and William Monk.A Christmas Promiseis the seventh in Perry’s holiday series, and it will surely bring joy to this special season.

Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London’s East End, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps encounters Minnie Maude Mudway, who is only eight, alone, and determined to find her friend Charlie.

However Charlie is no ordinary companion: He is a donkey who belonged to Minnie Maude’s Uncle Alf. Gracie is shocked to learn that only the day before, someone brutally murdered Uncle Alf and made off with his rag-and-bones cart and the beloved beast who pulled it. Now, come hell or high water, Minnie Maude means to rescue Charlie–and Gracie decides to help. But the path that Uncle Alf had taken to his death was not his regular route, and in his cart were not just the usual bits of worn silver and china but also, the children are told, a dazzling golden box. What its contents may have been no one can say, for, like Charlie and the cart, it too has vanished.

Uncertain where their four-legged friend may be, the children are drawn into an adult world far beyond their innocent imaginings. And in a shop gleaming with beautiful objects, they recruit an unexpected ally: Mr. Balthasar, who warns them that the shining prize may be a Pandora’s box of evil.

Set in the Victorian world where Anne Perry reigns supreme,A Christmas Promiseculminates in a radiant finale that will remain with you long after the final page is turned.

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Review: A Christmas Promise: A Novel (Christmas Stories #7)

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I always look forward to Perry's Christmas series, but was very disappointed. Cockney dialogue was too distracting, I didn't want to finish the book after losing interest. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of six earlier holiday novels–A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Visitor, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Secret,andA Christmas Beginning–as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England, and five World War I novels. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

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