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A Christmas Hope: A Novel

by Anne Perry

Random House Publishing Group | November 12, 2013 | Hardcover

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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

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.79 in

Published: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345530756

ISBN - 13: 9780345530752

Found in: Suspense

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A Christmas Hope: A Novel

A Christmas Hope: A Novel

by Anne Perry

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 208 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0.79 in

Published: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345530756

ISBN - 13: 9780345530752

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Claudine Burroughs did not look forward to the party. This November of 1868 it had been bitterly cold, the kind of chill that creeps into one’s bones and makes them ache. Now it was early December and warm again. People were predicting the mild spell would last. Here in London there might not even be any snow! Most unseasonal. Claudine regarded her face in the glass, not because she admired it, but because she must do the best with it that she could. She had never been pretty, and now in middle age she had not even the bloom of earlier years. She had strength, something not always admired in a woman; and character, also not necessarily cared for; but excellent hair, thick, shining, and with a natural wave. When her maid dressed it in a glamorous style, as she had this evening, it always stayed exactly where she wished. It was the one aspect of her appearance in which her husband, Wallace, had ever expressed his pleasure. Not that that mattered to her anymore. He disapproved of too much that was at the core of her, like answering honestly when she was asked her political opinions—­which were definitely more radical than most people’s. She laughed at the jokes it would have been more ladylike to pretend not to understand. And, despite Wallace’s disapproval, she worked at Hester Monk’s clinic for sick or injured prostitutes—­voluntarily, of course; she had no need of money, and the clinic had none to offer. She had begun there looking
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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

About the Author

Anne Perry is the bestselling author of ten earlier holiday novels-A Christmas Garland, A Christmas Homecoming, A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Beginning, A Christmas Secret, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Visitor, and A Christmas Journey-as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction, The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.

Editorial Reviews

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
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