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Number one New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens brings you the delights of a long-ago country-village Christmas, featuring a grandmother, her grandchildren, an artifact hunter, the lady who catches his eye, and three ancient coins that draw them all together in a Christmas treasure hunt.

Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household again welcome her younger daughter’s children, Jamie, George, and Lottie, plus their cousins Melissa and Mandy, all of whom have insisted on spending the three weeks prior to Christmas at Therese’s house, Hartington Manor, in the village of Little Moseley.

The children are looking forward to the village’s traditional events, and this year, Therese has arranged a new distraction - the plum puddings she and her staff are making for the entire village. But while cleaning the coins donated as the puddings’ good-luck tokens, the children discover that three aren’t coins of the realm. When consulted, Reverend Colebatch summons a friend, an archaeological scholar from Oxford, who confirms the coins are Roman, raising the possibility of a Roman treasure buried somewhere near. Unfortunately, Professor Webster is facing a deadline and cannot assist in the search, but along with his niece Honor, he will stay in the village, writing, remaining available for consultation should the children and their helpers uncover more treasure.

It soon becomes clear that discovering the source of the coins - or even which villager donated them - isn’t a straightforward matter. Then the children come across a personable gentleman who knows a great deal about Roman antiquities. He introduces himself as Callum Harris, and they agree to allow him to help, and he gets their search back on track.

But while the manor five, assisted by the gentlemen from Fulsom Hall, scour the village for who had the coins and search the countryside for signs of excavation and Harris combs through the village’s country-house libraries, amassing evidence of a Roman compound somewhere near, the site from which the coins actually came remains a frustrating mystery.

Then Therese recognizes Harris, who is more than he’s pretending to be. She also notes the romance burgeoning between Harris and Honor Webster, and given the girl doesn’t know Harris’s full name, let alone his fraught relationship with her uncle, Therese steps in. But while she can engineer a successful resolution to one romance-of-the-season, as well as a reconciliation long overdue, another romance that strikes much closer to home is beyond her ability to manipulate.

Meanwhile, the search for the source of the coins goes on, but time is running out. Will Therese’s grandchildren and their Fulsom Hall helpers locate the Roman merchant’s villa Harris is sure lies near before they all must leave the village for Christmas with their families?

©2019 Stephanie Laurens (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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  • HBIC
  • 11-11-2020

Another wonderful book in the series!

The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars for the story was that I found the bits about archeology somewhat dry. Some was necessary go accentuate and explain the importance of the find, but after repeated lectures in various chapters, I began to feel like it was a college lecture and I needed to start studying for my final exam!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-11-2020

Cute clean stories

There is a little romance, a little mystery and nothing steamy. I enjoyed hearing them and will finish so I can hear Melissa’s finale as well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-09-2020

I enjoyed the multi generational aspect.

I enjoyed the multi generational aspect centered around older Christmas traditions with a mystery to boot

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  • PamO
  • 12-01-2020

This story is BORING!

I love Stephanie Laurens and she is an automatic buy for me. I’ve read all of her books. But THIS one was so boring I had to force myself to finish it. I kept telling myself “ Surely, it will get better soon!” We’ll, it didn’t. It was very thin on plot and character development and overly detailed in the minutiae of daily life.
This would have been a good short story, but as a full length novel it is an epic fail.

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  • Luvmeags
  • 26-02-2021

Enjoyed it.

I really enjoy these books because they entertain without all the sex scenes and heavy drama. I like the main characters and the story lines. The narrator is perfect for the series in my opinion and I am glad I have one more book to go in the series.

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  • BodyPositiveZone
  • 30-12-2020

“Plum” Puddings?

The plum trees had such a good harvest they had too many plums. Well... according to the history I”m familiar with, plum puddings have never included plums or even prunes. It’s raisins. Lots of raisins and currants. If you were lucky enough to have access to other dried fruits you sprinkled those in. It’s a flour/suet pudding with a huge amount of raisins boiled for hours in a thick piece of fabric that’s been greased and floured. Not a plum to be found. Better do a better job of learning history on the basics. That’s a bit insulting to a well respected recipe from the ages.

As far as Lady Osbaldestone and her crew, it’s okay. Not really a gripping story and I probably wouldn’t have stuck with it if I hadn’t been bored.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 29-06-2020

charm galore and major poignancy

Date: 1812 December
Chronology: set after LADY OSBALDESTONE AND THE MISSING CHRISTMAS CAROLS and (pending more Lady O stories) before THE LADY CHOSEN set in 1816.

Lady Osbaldestone is joined for the third year by her grandchildren Jamie, George and Lottie. Melissa also returns, with the addition of her older sister Amanda.
Due to a large plum crop, Lady O’s cook has volunteered to make plum puddings for the town for Christmas. The townspeople have contributed coins to put in the puddings and a mystery arises when 3 are ancient Roman coins. The 5 join the Fulsom Hall group on a Treasure Hunt and again volunteer for the Guest Choir.
Lady O recognizes a new romance budding between Miss Honor Webster, Professor Webster’s niece and Mr Harris, his former assistant and protégée. The Professor and Mr Harris had parted in misunderstanding and Lady O does her people magic to resolve the conflict and pave the way for the romance to flourish.

The secondary romance Lady O is keeping track of is her granddaughter Melissa 15 and Viscount Dagenham who is 21, graduated from Oxford and ready to go out into the Ton. Melissa and Dagenham recognize their hearts are involved but there is a significant life imbalance due to their ages. And Oh, as a reader you know they’re too young, but boy do you want to root for them finding each other again! I just don’t remember if they were referenced in the Bastion Club or Cynster series.
Much as I love a good romance, I’m finding the Lady O books even better than Laurens’ next generation stories.

Lloyd is a great choice as the voice for this story and series. She gives Lady O maturity without sounding creaky and does a very decent job of character differentiation.

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  • Mukilhead
  • 03-01-2020

Holiday Treasure

Lady Osbaldestone is a lovely lady with strengths that she can see in her grandchildren. Her love and pride shine through tho everyone in her 'realm' is equally attended. This is the 3rd 'Lady O' book that i have enjoyed, and hope to see more of.

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  • RKT
  • 17-10-2019

Couldn’t listen to narrator


Maybe a good story but couldn’t listen
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I feel a book is only as good as the narrator
Authors should pick their readers

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  • 31-12-2020

A lovely series

Enjoyed an enhanting collection of stories about the coming together of a community, with endearing characters.

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