A Christmas Promise - Christmas, Bk 7 Author:Anne Perry Anne Perry’s Victorian Christmas novels have attracted as many faithful readers as her two New York Times bestselling series featuring investigators Thomas Pitt and William Monk.A Christmas Promise is the seventh in Perry’s holiday series, and it will surely bring joy to this special season. — Three days before... more » 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 Promise culminates in a radiant finale that will remain with you long after the final page is turned.« less
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All of Anne Perry's Christmas stories are wonderful! They are heart-warming stories of hope, love and friendship. This is a delightful book of two young children, one 13 and the other 8 years old, Minnie Maude Mudway, who is bound and determined to find her friend, Charlie...a donkey. It is a great book, hard to put down but filled with hope and friendship. You will love it!
Currently 3/5 Stars.
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A Christmas Promise by New York Times bestselling author Anne Perry,is an engaging mystery set in Victorian England involving two children searching for a lost donkey. The donkey belonged to the younger girl's Uncle, who died recently under suspicious circumstances. The girls quickly become entangled in a situation which becomes increasingly more dangerous. I enjoyed the book and felt that it would be equally appropriate for an adult who likes books written for and about children, and for young readers ages 9 and up. I give it 3 stars.
I didn't realize till well into the story that this is set before Gracie Phipps came to work for Thomas & Charlotte Pitt as their maid. Thirteen-year-old Gracie meets an 8-year-old girl in the market looking for a lost donkey. Her Uncle Alf has died and his cart and the donkey are missing. Reluctantly Gracie helps her as she realizes that the stubborn child will continue to search on her own and is too young to get very far. But it becomes apparent that Uncle Alf was killed and the cart taken for unknown reasons - and if the girls continue to ask questions, they may very well be in danger too. It's a much better story than the previous one in the series, and though these Christmas tales lack substance, the rich atmosphere of Perry's Victorian writing is always an interesting world to return to.