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Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose

Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles, Book 1
Written by: Stephanie Laurens
Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
Length: 7 hrs

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Publisher's Summary

It's December 1810, and Lady Therese Osbaldestone 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 12 days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished. 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.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Helen Lloyd, British actor and narrator, simply enchants with her delivery of this charming story.... Lloyd's portrayal of Lady O. is perfect, capturing her spine of steel and very soft heart. Her portrayals of the children, the young lords, and those working 'below stairs' are also spot-on. This is a true Christmas gift." (AudioFile)

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  • Richard T. Strecker
  • 30-10-17

Love Stephanie's books

Great read. Stephanie's writing always holds your interest and keeps you right in the story. This is interesting to finally find out more about Lady Osbaldestone. She has always been a great character in all the Cynster books, now she is on her own. I wan not sure I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I was hooked from the start.

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  • Christine F
  • 22-09-20

G-rated but fun and entertaining

Don’t go into this expecting the usual bodice-ripping Laurens novel, but with the expectation of a fun diversion. Kind of refreshing that she left her usual bag of overused adjectives at home and just told a good story.

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  • Linda Stork
  • 16-09-20

Fun little story. perfect for entertaining reading

A romance, with kids, an old lady, a charming village, a not so handsome hero and interesting life challenges.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 20-06-20

Utterly charming

Date: 1810 December Chronology: set after The Promise in a Kiss; before Captain Jack’s Woman. What an incredibly charming story set in the world of the Cynster’s England. I absolutely Love Lady O’s managing of her incredibly precocious Skelton grandchildren through their campaigns to find the missing geese and to match Christian and Eugenia. Zero sex, some romance, super charming. Well worth the time and money. Helen Lloyd’s narration works with a mature woman as the primary character. Her voice is pleasant, her pacing is excellent, and she has just enough character differentiation to make it work. Only wish she pronounced Cynster as Sin-ster NOT Sine-ster. Listened at 1.3x speed.

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  • Catrina
  • 18-10-19

Entertaining

The storyline was cute, but it was very juvenile. I'm not upset I listened, I just wish it were more enticing.

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  • Roberta
  • 14-12-18

Loved it!

I was unsure, but the book was totally delightful. Heart warming Chrisrmas story. Thanks, Stephanie.

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  • Mrs. Wendy M. Kulterman
  • 22-08-18

The Lady with a cane is Charming

I was thrilled to discover Ms Laurens was starting a series for the intrepid Lady Osbaldestone. Her vignette appearances through the Cynster series and Bastion Club Series always made me curious. I wanted her back story. In LOCG you get those answers: what was her late husband like, was it s good marriage, and what’s the history behind her silver handled cane? You see a softer side of Therese as she deals with her grandchildren and the villagers where she currently resides. Clever n witty as always. SL and Lady O do not disappoint. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the series next installment.

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  • Patricia
  • 12-02-18

Very cute story

Engaging characters find a sense of belonging in a charming story where everyone starts out with a,Christmas that they do not expect to enjoy, iincluding unexpected last minute change of olan, unwanted visitors, and the escape of the Christmas dinner! Alll comes out right after the intervention of the good lady and Her three young assistants.

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  • Carol Mello
  • 09-02-18

Excellent Christmas novel

More than a romance, this novel is a mystery (where are the missing geese?) and a celebration of village life in an English village in 1810 at Christmas time. A satisfying story by a romance author, to be treasured annually like Dicken's A Christmas Story.

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  • 27-12-18

Enjoyable Story

Not my usual read but really enjoyed listening to this. Disctiption excellent. Ideal read for a lazy evening in front of a fire.

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  • 12-07-19

The plan!

This lovely family Christmas held in a country village which Lady Osbaldestone inherited from an Aunt many years before. She was asked to look after her grandchildren due to their Father having got Mumps. Not knowing how she was going to entertain them, a mystery of the missing geese was exclaimed by the farmer who supplied the whole village with fare. So an adventure begins. This story also gives an insight into a 50 year old Lady Osbaldestone rather than the very old Lady referred to in the Cynster family stories.