A Christmas Hope

A Christmas Hope

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Anne Perry's "vastly entertaining" ( The Star-Ledger ) holiday novels are "as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ). A Christmas Hope is just as delectable--the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London--and a lonely woman's search for meaning in her life.

Although she lacks for nothing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She no longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has nothing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman's clinic--a job her husband strongly disapproves of. Then, at a glittering yuletide gala, she meets the charming poet Dai Tregarron and finds her spirits lifted. But scarcely an hour later, the charismatic Dai is enmeshed in a nightmare--accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party.

Even though she suspects that an upper-class clique is quickly closing ranks to protect the real killer, Claudine vows to do her utmost for Dai. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an innocent poet to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own.

Nevertheless, it's the season of miracles and Claudine finally sees a glimmer of hope--not only for Dai but for a young woman she befriends who is teetering on the brink of a lifetime of unhappiness. Anne Perry's heartwarming new holiday novel is a celebration of courage, faith, and love for all seasons.

PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY

"Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat."-- The Wall Street Journal

A Christmas Garland

"In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly."--Greensboro News & Record

A Christmas Homecoming

"Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master." --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Christmas Odyssey

"[Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses." --Lincoln Journal Star

A Christmas Promise

"Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of nostalgia." --The Washington Times

A Christmas Grace

"[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season."-- Booklist
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780345530752
0345530756
Characteristics: 197 p.

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maipenrai
Nov 27, 2016

Book 11 in the Christmas novellas series

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Sarah1984
May 04, 2016

8/12 - A simple, unsophisticated historical mystery. This was my first Anne Perry book and I was kind of expecting a 'cosy romance'. A Christmas Hope was one of many (10) Christmas themed books I picked up a couple of weeks ago. All the other books I picked up were romances and I just assumed this would be the same, it wasn't until I realised that Claudine was married to a cold, unfeeling man who wasn't the man of her dreams (and that he wasn't going to have a convenient heart attack) that it occurred to me that this wasn't a 'cosy romance', but a 'cosy mystery'.

Claudine happens across a man at a party who charms her with his poet's heart. She is shocked when, only a little while later he is accused of murder. She doesn't believe a man could say such romantic things to her one minute and then beat a woman to death the next, so, despite all the roadblocks those around her put up, she does everything in her power to get to the truth.

This is the eleventh book in Perry's Christmas Stories series, but there is no reason to be irritated if you haven't read the previous ten. A couple of times Claudine mentions another character, Hester, who runs the women's clinic she volunteers at, and another case she was involved in that nearly got her killed is also brought up, but the main characters Claudine and her husband and friends are all well-drawn and wholly described. I'm one of the strictest followers of the religion of 'series must be read in chronological order', so if I'm not that bothered, then most other readers will hardly notice. Not a fantastic read, but an enjoyable one, which is good as I have another two of Perry's books in my towering pile of Christmas themed borrows and I hate to give up on a book before I've even opened it.

hgeng63 May 15, 2014

Solid entertainment that covers Perry's usual grand themes. Claudine's backstory is too undeveloped in these 197 pages.

samdog123 Feb 14, 2014

I always enjoy these Christmas stories from Anne Perry. This was was particularly good due to the very strong character, Claudine Burroughs. When three young society men try to blame the death of a prostitute on a poet, Claudine knows something is amiss and she uses her contacts to help solve the crime.

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caj1222204441801
Nov 20, 2013

This book is in my opinion is not one of my favorites. It was slow to get started and it kind of rambled. I love the author but not so much on this book.

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