Three years after being widowed, Therese, Lady Osbaldestone finally settles into her dower property of Hartington Manor in the village of Little Moseley in Hampshire. She is in two minds as to whether life in the small village will generate sufficient interest to keep her amused over the months when she is not in London or visiting friends around the country. But she will see.
It's December, 1810, and Therese is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey, her youngest daughter, Celia's home. But then a carriage rolls up and disgorges Celia's three oldest children. Their father has contracted mumps, and their mother has sent the three-Jamie, George, and Lottie-to spend this Christmas with their grandmama in Little Moseley.
Therese has never had to manage small children, not even her own. She assumes the children will keep themselves amused, but quickly learns that what amuses three inquisitive, curious, and confident youngsters isn't compatible with village peace. Just when it seems she will have to set her mind to inventing something, she and the children learn that with only twelve days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished.
Every household in the village is now missing the centerpiece of their Christmas feast. But how could an entire flock go missing without the slightest trace? The children are as mystified and as curious as Therese-and she seizes on the mystery as the perfect distraction for the three children as well as herself.
But while searching for the geese, she and her three helpers stumble on two locals who, it is clear, are in dire need of assistance in sorting out their lives. Never one to shy from a little matchmaking, Therese undertakes to guide Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon into the arms of the determinedly reclusive Lord Longfellow. To her considerable surprise, she discovers that her grandchildren have inherited skills and talents from both her late husband as well as herself. And with all the customary village events held in the lead up to Christmas, she and her three helpers have opportunities galore in which to subtly nudge and steer.
Yet while their matchmaking appears to be succeeding, neither they nor anyone else have found so much as a feather from the village's geese. Larceny is ruled out; a flock of that size could not have been taken from the area without someone noticing. So where could the birds be? And with the days passing and Christmas inexorably approaching, will they find the blasted birds in time?
First in series. A novel of 60,000 words. A Christmas tale of romance and geese.
Praise for the works of Stephanie Laurens
"Stephanie Laurens' heroines are marvelous tributes to Georgette Heyer: feisty and strong." Cathy Kelly
"Stephanie Laurens never fails to entertain and charm her readers with vibrant plots, snappy dialogue, and unforgettable characters." Historical Romance Reviews
"Stephanie Laurens plays into readers' fantasies like a master and claims their hearts time and again." Romantic Times Magazine
Praise for Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose
"Written with a light touch, deep knowledge of the period, and bracing good humor, this book recalls the best ghosts of Christmas past." Kim H., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing
"Readers will fall in love with Lady Osbaldestone and her adorable grandchildren as they make village life lively in this tale of mystery and romance." Irene S., Proofreader, Red Adept Editing
"Laurens has created an utterly charming holiday tale sure to be viewed as a most welcome gift by her readers!" Angela M., Copy Editor, Red Adept Editing
|Publisher:||Savdek Management Pty Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
Known for her Regency romances and historical novels, Stephanie Laurens is the bestselling author of the beloved Cynster series which is widely recognized as one of the top series in the genre. She has published over fifty novels, including the Bastion Club series and the Black Cobra Quartet. Laurens has her PhD in Biochemistry but gave up her science career to become a full-time writer. She and her husband live in Australia.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love this story about Lady O and her grandchildren helping the people of her village. The mystery of the Christmas geese and our hero finding love when he believes all is lost for him.
It was a fun, interesting peek into Lady O's past.
Love Lady Osbaldestone, she is my favorite peripheral character in all the Cynster stories. Can't wait to read her story.
As always Stephanie has grabbed you from page 1 any never looks back. I can't wait for more of her stories, of the very special Lady O. This is a fun and entertaining story.
Stephanie Laurens has done it again. Lady O. has finally gotten a story where she is the star. I loved that we are seeing her dealing with her grandchildren when they unexpectedly show up at her home when their father comes down with the mumps. Those kids apple did not fall far from the tree. I hope they are also in the next installment of Lady O. This was a fun read. You will love this old fashioned Christmas story.
I have loved Lady O since the beginning and wanted to know more about her. This story is so fun and just perfect for Christmas. Can't wait until next year