A Christmas Journey

  • Title: A Christmas Journey
  • Author: Anne Perry Terrence Hardiman
  • ISBN: 9780792730644
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Audio CD
  • A Christmas Journey Readers of Anne Perry s bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own sharing the privileged existence of Britain s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great coun
    Readers of Anne Perry s bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming Readers of Anne Perry s bestselling suspense novels revel in a world that is all their own, sharing the privileged existence of Britain s wealthy and powerful elite in West End mansions and great country houses It is also a world in which danger bides in unsuspected places and the line between good and evil can be razor thin This new novel features Lady Vespasia Cumming Gould one of the most memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series who appears here as a lively young woman, the ultimate aristocrat who can trace her blood to half the royal houses of Europe.

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    About Anne Perry Terrence Hardiman


    1. Anne Perry born Juliet Hulme is a British historical novelist.Juliet took the name Anne Perry, the latter being her stepfather s surname Her first novel, The Cater Street Hangman, was published under this name in 1979 Her works generally fall into one of several categories of genre fiction, including historical murder mysteries and detective fiction Many of them feature a number of recurring characters, most importantly Thomas Pitt, who appeared in her first novel, and amnesiac private investigator William Monk, who first appeared in her 1990 novel The Face of a Stranger As of 2003 she had published 47 novels, and several collections of short stories Her story Heroes, which first appeared the 1999 anthology Murder and Obsession, edited by Otto Penzler, won the 2001 Edgar Award for Best Short Story.Recently she was included as an entry in Ben Peek s Twenty Six Lies One Truth, a novel exploring the nature of truth in literature.Series contributed to Crime Through Time Perfectly Criminal Malice Domestic The World s Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Transgressions The Year s Finest Crime and Mystery Stories


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    1. This story was the first in what was to become 15 years’ worth of Christmas Stories from the writer, Anne Perry. (So far.) As in her splendidly crafted novels, these stories take place in the British Isles during the Victorian era in the mid-1800’s. This is a time and a place that have always fascinated me, and perhaps due to Dickens, seem to be so well-suited to tales of Christmas.In this story, Christmas happens only at the end – and it ties in nicely with the objectives and challenges a [...]

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    2. I found this book a really interesting read.It is set as usual in the Victorian period. Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould attends a house Party with some friends, there is some gossip and some less than friendly emotions going round and when one of the guests - Isobel Alvie - makes a cruel remark to another, that will apparently lead to the suicide of the latter.As Isobel is shunned and condemned by all except Vespasia the owner of the house as the idea of proposing an expiation journey for Isobel - t [...]

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    3. I thought that the best thing about this book was that it was short. It takes place in mid-19th century high society England - a young girl, Gwendolin, mysteriously drowns during a weekend party and her death is deemed a suicide. The guests ridiculously blame a woman named Isobel for the whole tragedy because of a rude comment she made just before the girl's death - apparently in society England, rude comments are nearly equivalent to attempted murder. Isobel is then sent with a friend on a biza [...]

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    4. No es una novela típica de misterio policial, porque lo que ocurre es un suicidio y quien investiga las causas del mismo no es la policía, por lo que se hace una novela interesante más que nada por el misterio que encierran los personajes que se encuentran involucrados en la historia: Vespasia, Gwendolen e Isobel MI RESEÑA COMPLETA AQUÍ:perezosa69/2017/03

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    5. 3 stars.We have a much younger Lady Vespasia (from the Thomas Pitt series) at a pre-Christmas house party where another female guest was found drowned in the lake. Everyone believe she committed suicide because of some cruel remarks by another female guest. The host then suggests a journey of expiation for that female guest to deliver the news of death to the mother, who lives in north Scotland. Vespasia decides to go as support and we eventually learned the reasons why the woman committed suici [...]

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    6. This was a very quick read - more a novella really - I started and finished it on Boxing Day - and read other books as well! It was…interesting, but not gripping. Not sure whether it makes me want to read more Anne Perry or not… I think I would read one more - if it is like this one, I may not read any more, but I have hopes a full-length novel would be more developed.

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    7. Anne Perry is one of my favorite authors, and I love re-reading her Christmas novels, although I guess they're considered more novellas since they are quite short. This is the first and is a story about one of her favorite characters, Lady Vespasia, in her younger days, who accompanies a friend on a journey of repentance and expiation for her part in bringing about the suicide of another young lady. An enjoyable "escape" read for the holidays!!

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    8. I really enjoy Anne Perry's Christmas books. After seeing one in the store several years ago, I have made it a point to try to read all of her Christmas selections. They are all different, have an air of mystery or suspense about them, and use the Christmas season as a backdrop to the story.A Christmas Journey is the first of her Christmas books and takes two women on a journey through the wilds of the Scottish Highlands in an attempt to seek redemption for an act deemed to cause the death of a [...]

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    9. This is Anne Perry's first Christmas novel and features two young women, Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould and Isobel Alvie. After another young woman commits suicide, they set out on a journey to inform the young woman's mother of her daughter's death. It is a mission of expiation for Isobel, who feels somewhat responsible, since she had made a particularly cruel remark to the young lady shortly before her death. The two ladies find the trip much more of a struggle than they could have ever anticipat [...]

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    10. First sentence: Lady Vespasia Cumming-Gould hesitated a moment at the top of the stairs.Premise/plot: A country-house party in December goes terribly wrong when one of the guests decides to jump off a bridge and commit suicide. The "victim" of this mystery (Gwendolen) was first the victim of a cutting insult. The other guests decide that Isobel (the woman who was 'rude') is to blame. She's to be ostracized from that day forward. But the host (Omegus Jones) and the heroine (Lady Vespasia) concoct [...]

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    11. I am still scratching my head after reading this one. I read it in an evening. It is a story about a group of “high Society” English people who are spending the holidays at an estate. IT definitely shows the snobby side of the English back in the days when you can hear a lady coming by the sound of her skirts dragging on the floor behind her. Vespasia, a character from one of Perry’s series, is in the midst of a tragedy at the estate when one of the women jumps off a bridge into a pond. Ev [...]

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    12. I was surprised by the fascinating tale and journey that followed. Such a gripping story of courage & friendship between two women who were thrown together because of words that were spoken on a fateful night.I was surprised by the fascinating tale and journey that followed. How two women were thrown together because of a fateful event that bound them as friends forever.

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    13. Please note that the description of the book here at has a significant name wrong; Gwendolyn is the young woman who commits suicide. Isobel is the young woman who sets out on the journey of expiation. The 'Christmas Journey' is much more about a journey to forgiveness, self-awareness and friendship than it is about a journey to Scotland and back. This is the first I have read of Perry's Christmas stories, and it won't be my last. If you are expecting a puzzling mystery or a sweet Christmas tale [...]

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    14. Although this was certainly not an uplifting & light Christmas tale, it was an excellent read with plenty of application to our lives today. It is the story of a young woman who is made to feel responsible for the death of another woman due to careless and cutting remarks. She is sent on a journey to Scotland to deliver a letter to the mother of the deceased woman in order to be forgiven for the remarks and allowed back into the Victorian society of which she is a part. If she fails, she wil [...]

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    15. The story and major characters are fleshed out well, and "A Christmas Journey" boasts an actual plot unlike the short Christmas-related trifles that many popular authors knock off between novels. The observations of and insights into human beings are interesting and could spark some rumination about deeper subjects. The premise is unusual, though I would note the contrast between Isabel's journey to cleanse her sin and Jesus' coming to cleanse us of our sins because we cannot wipe them clean. St [...]

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    16. A quick, easy read. In this book, you get a superficial psychological mystery. In fact, I felt like I was reading the outline for an interesting novel rather than a fully developed story. The plot develops not through action, but rather through the guessing of the main character. Unsatisfying.

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    17. For a book classified as a Christmas novel there really wasn't Christmas in it. I was actually disappointed to be honest, it may have been a fast read but it wasn't overly satisfying. Maybe I was expecting more Christmas in the book.

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    18. Narrator a pleasure to follow.

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    19. A good story that I enjoyed.

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    20. Hated it Couldn't even finish. Too many people at the start too confusing. I just couldn't do it.

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    21. In November 2014, I was very surprised to discover the title of "A New York Christmas" and that it was the 12th Christmas novel by Anne Perry as she was a new author to me as discovered when I first read the blurb in the “Early Reviewer” Nov-2014 listing from LibraryThing. In 2015, I read "A Christmas Hope" (Christmas Stories, #11) and this year decided to start at the beginning of the series with "A Christmas Journey."I appreciate the message of the novella but I can't say that the reading [...]

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    22. Ésta es la segunda vez que leo esta novela. Soy muy fan de Anne Perry y he leído muchas de sus historias sobre el Inspector Pitt. Me encantan. Respecto a ésta, quiero recordar que cuando la leí la primera vez al final había más explicación sobre todos los temas abiertos: Wendoline, su madre, el accidente que causó la muerte de su marido, la relación de la madre con el marido en fin, no sé. Tal vez entonces me pasó como ahora, que encontré que faltaba parte de la historia y me la inve [...]

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    23. Christmas time in Berkshire. Guests have gathered at Applecross for a weekend of holiday.A woman commits suicide and another is ostracized, held responsible for the incident.Isobel Alvie must travel to the dead girl's mother and give the last letter written. Also, explain her part in the untimely death of her daughter.Vespasia travels with Isobel and discovers the truth.What a great book. I've found a new favorite author. I got a sense of being around the rich and privileged. Along the journey, [...]

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    24. Meh. The premise of the story was a little preachy and probably could have been a Lifetime movie. Characters were watery but story flowed fairly well and I didn't see the small plot twist coming until right before the reveal. The description makes the book sound more intriguing than it really was. It was OK overall but I probably won't read the rest of the series. Listened as audio and found myself drifting in and out, which usually does not bode well for a book's rating.

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    25. Not really a mystery in any traditional sense, although thinking of it as a mystery probably allows the reader to suss out the few surprises the plot has in store. Still, Anne Perry's attention to both the details of Victorian life and the details of human nature is evident here, and the strength of her moral vision and reflections on the meaning of Christmas is what carries the story through.

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    26. This book felt more like a journey that happened to be at Christmas. The holiday is lightly sprinkled throughout this novella but doesn't take on a more prominent role until the final pages. I couldn't relate to one character in this story. I thought it had something to do with the length of the book but even the length did not entice me to read more of Anne Perry's work.

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    27. I came into this thinking it was a Christmas-set mystery due to the book jacket blurb, and instead I got a morality play. Color me disappointed. It is possible that I would've had a more meaningful connection to this novella if I'd read the series in which the main character appears, but as it stands, she is privileged, judgmental, and apparently psychic, which makes for a boring story.

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    28. On my mission to find some light, seasonal Christmas reads I picked up this. I've never read any Anne Perry, so I'm unsure if this is her usual kind of historical setting (though I suspect it is). It was fine enough, but not quite my bag. Short and mildly enjoyable. Less of a mystery and more of a critique of "society" culture of the setting.

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    29. A quick and easy to read novella. I was lacking some background story on Lady Vespasia, one of the main characters, but other than that, I found that it can be read on its own, without knowing the characters from previous books. I found the story to be too simplistic, but it is a nice read for the holiday time.

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    30. 3.5 stars - I read this authors’ books many years ago so I was excited to read a book with my favorite character in a younger version. I doubt I would have continued without Lady Vespasia; it was really slow.

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