Carols and Chaos

Carols and Chaos

by Cindy Anstey

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ISBN-13: 9781250174871
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication date: 10/09/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 158,545
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Cindy Anstey spends her days painting with words, flowers, threads, and watercolors. Whenever not sitting at the computer, she can be found—or rather, not found—traveling near and far. After many years living as an expat in Singapore, Memphis, and Belgium, Cindy now resides with her husband and energetic chocolate labrador, Chester, in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author of Love, Lies and Spies; Duels & Deception; Suitors and Sabotage; and Carols and Chaos.

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Carols and Chaos 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ReadingwithErin 10 days ago
Quick Christmas Upstairs/Downstairs read! My Rating: 3.75 stars I love being able to see points of views from servants in historical fiction books. You get to know so much more about the people that they are serving as well as how the house is run, and the other servants themselves who more often than not have far more exciting lives than the people with money. Carols and Chaos did not disappoint with that part of the story. Kate and Matt both have a lot of responsibilities for there employers (we first met them in Suitors and Sabotage ) and making sure that they are well kept and when need be also help take care of household duties. Which there are a lot of as it is the Christmas season, which also brings about us meeting and interacting with the other servants. I really wish we had gotten to interact more with them at times, but sadly we do not as Kate and Matt are always so busy with other things. We do however get to see a future highly superstitious moments with the cook and head housekeeper, and the butler who was a surly old man. Overall I did really enjoy this story, even if it did seem a little disjointed at times. There were so many different parts and things didn't really start to come together for me until the last 30% of the book. That 30% though was what saved this book for me. Not only do we finally start getting answers to what had been happening, but we also got a good mystery! The mystery surrounded Johnny who was a friend of Ben's who works as a footman. Johnny ends up getting taken for a fool it seems and from there, things escalate as Johnny tries to get back what is rightfully his. Kate and Matt become determined to find Johnny and in the process end up in some precarious situations. These situations though ended up being my favorite parts of the book, as we really see how much they have grown to care for each other.
Cutiefulpink 13 days ago
I love these kinds of holiday books. Not only is this historical fiction, one of my favorite genres, but the characters are so endearing. The main characters wanted to work hard and live their best lives, meanwhile they stumble into the most pure and (basically) uncomplicated love. I have a hard time with a few of the character reactions, but this might be an aspect of this time period that I don’t understand. Without giving away specific spoilers, it seemed that sometimes Matt wasn’t appropriately offended or upset. If you read the book and want to know what I am specifically talking about, message me. Otherwise, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story, filled with yuletide sentiment and romantic flirting with an undercurrent of mystery. Sometimes, I didn’t know if the romance or the mystery propelled the story, which is very refreshing. If you are looking for a book to put you in the Holiday mood, or just love Downton Abbey, grab Carols and Chaos. I would like to mention that I was unaware this is a spinoff from a previous series. I did not feel like I was missing anything, so this can definitely be read as a standalone. * Special thanks to Cindy Anstey, Xpresso Book Tours, and Swoon Reads for providing a copy of Carols and Chaos in exchange for an honest review.
anneinaz 20 days ago
Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey is a Regency novel that primarily takes place below stairs. Miss Kate Darby is a lady's maid for Miss Imogene Chively who is betrothed to Mr. Ben Steeple for whom Mr. Matt Harlow is valet. There is an immediate attraction between Kate and Matt but both stand off since they know no good can come of their attraction. Shackleford Park is Kate's place of residence with matt visiting in service to Mr. Ben. Johnny has also arrived with Matt as extra labor in the upcoming preparations for Christmas. As Christmas arrives and all the guests arrive, things get more complicated. For one, Johnny disappears, apparently on a quest to retrieve his ring, which he sold but was give a counterfeit coin in exchange. Kate and Matt use their spare time to locate Johnny. After several days the people above stairs are forced to involve themselves in the disappearance. Kate and Matt are abducted, not once, but twice in their pursuit of Johnny and discover some disquieting facts about some of the town's residents. There are a few times they fear for their lives. Will they find Johnny? Will he be alive? Will their romance blossom into more? Carols and Chaos was a fun, quick read. The characters were good, although as servants their lives appeared to be easier than lives below stairs are often portrayed. The mystery got a little involved with a lot of traipsing around on foot (servants don't have access to other means of transportation). As may of this general type, there is really little mention of daily life either upstairs or downstairs. It was a little heavy on abductions but all in all it was a pleasant book. I recommend it for anyone looking for light mystery or light romance. I was given a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review. #netgalley #carolsandchaos
book_junkee 20 days ago
I’ve been a fan of all of Cindy’s books, so I was eager to get to this one. I liked Kate and Matt. They’re both good and loyal people. I loved the pride in their jobs and ambition for more. There are a lot a lot a lot of other characters in this story and it took me a minute to realize it was a sort of continuation of the previous book. Plot wise, it was sort of a mess. For me there were too many moving parts, too many repetitive scenes, and not nearly enough dialogue. When Kate are Matt are together and talking, the story came alive. Sadly, those scenes were short and a lot of the time was spent in their heads as each day dreamed about the other. Overall, it was a cute story, but it dragged more than the other books. And while I was curious to see how it played out, sadly I was bored as well. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads for providing the arc free of charge**
bkworm_ran 25 days ago
When Kate Darby’s eyes first set upon Matt Harlow, it alighted a little spark. What she wanted to keep to a fun holiday flirt slowly turned into a warmth that would run through her whole being. As the two are tossed into a week of chaotic holiday preparations, they are also taxed with ferreting out the disappearance of a fellow staff member and the mystery surrounding a counterfeit coin. I’m not sure if this will continue to be a series, but it certainly is a fun duo. In Antsy’s first installment, Suitors and Sabotage, she introduces us to the Chively, Beeswanger, and Steeple families. She follows that fun, romantic mystery with this lively addition giving us a peek at the people that run the three households of these families. It’s a bit Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Though the teen audience won’t have any recollection of Upstairs, Downstairs, they will delight in this story. Filled with budding romance and nail-biting tension it will certainly be a great read during the holiday season. Pour the hot chocolate and bundle up for a very satisfying read. #CarolsandChaos #NetGalley I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for generously providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.
bkworm_ran 25 days ago
When Kate Darby’s eyes first set upon Matt Harlow, it alighted a little spark. What she wanted to keep to a fun holiday flirt slowly turned into a warmth that would run through her whole being. As the two are tossed into a week of chaotic holiday preparations, they are also taxed with ferreting out the disappearance of a fellow staff member and the mystery surrounding a counterfeit coin. I’m not sure if this will continue to be a series, but it certainly is a fun duo. In Antsy’s first installment, Suitors and Sabotage, she introduces us to the Chively, Beeswanger, and Steeple families. She follows that fun, romantic mystery with this lively addition giving us a peek at the people that run the three households of these families. It’s a bit Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs. Though the teen audience won’t have any recollection of Upstairs, Downstairs, they will delight in this story. Filled with budding romance and nail-biting tension it will certainly be a great read during the holiday season. Pour the hot chocolate and bundle up for a very satisfying read. #CarolsandChaos #NetGalley I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for generously providing an Advanced Reader’s Copy for my honest review.