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A Christmas Journey (Christmas Story, Book 1) by Anne Perry

By Anne Perry

Anne Perry - A Christmas Journey
Christmas tale sequence, ebook 1

Readers of Anne Perry's bestselling suspense novels enjoy a global that's all their very own, sharing the privileged lifestyles of Britain's filthy rich and robust elite in West finish mansions and nice kingdom homes. it's also an international during which hazard bides in unsuspected locations and the road among reliable and evil will be razor skinny. This new novel beneficial properties girl Vespasia Cumming-Gould--one of the main memorable characters from the Thomas Pitt series--who seems the following as a full of life younger lady, the last word aristocrat who can hint her blood to part the royal homes of Europe.

It's Christmas and the Berkshire nation-state lies wrapped in wintry weather sit back. however the well-born visitors who've accumulated at Applecross for a scrumptious weekend of blameless intrigue and passionate romance are warmed via roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, sturdy wine and gorgeously wrapped presents. It's scarcely the atmosphere for misfortune, and no one--not even that smart younger aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould--anticipates the tragedy that's to darken this light-hearted vacation apartment get together. yet quickly one younger girl lies lifeless, a suicide, and one other is ostracized, held in part accountable for the stunning flip of events.

To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir units out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to provide an explanation for to the useless girl's mom the conditions surrounding the sad act--and to convey her again to England for the funeral. Gwendolen's sole spouse in this nightmarish trip is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns extra concerning the sufferer and the grotesque forces that formed her determined deed, she is aware the heartbreaking fact of the tragedy.

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We’ll cross that bridge together when he gets home. ” She paused and gazed into the distance, as if marshalling her next words together. “Cecilia is not Edgar Soames’s child. ” She grasped her sister-inlaw’s hands. “I am going to tell you a most amazing story. ” So, as Melanie sat speechless, Emily told her the story of the unusual man, George Brown. The paper company had brought him in, she said, to break the loggers’ strike of ’59. She knew these facts because she had overheard Edgar Soames and George Brown in conversation.

During one of those calls, he informed me that he’d married Emily. ” That was how he put it. I didn’t probe because I did not want to know. He called me at the beginning of summer, 1965. I happened to be home at the time – between jobs. I was going out in the field less and less these days. The years pile up on a man, times change. “George,” he said into the telephone. “I’m dying, George. ” So I went. I went for Edgar, but I went with hope in my heart knowing that Emily would be there. I was smarter this time.

By the time he was ten, it had climbed to fifty, and on through the years it rose each Christmas, until his eighteenth birthday, when his grandparents gave him a new car, a 1979 Plymouth Roadrunner. Junior had the opportunity to pick it out himself. He loved that marvellous car. Junior always noted disapproval on his parents’ faces when the older couple gifted their grandson. There was something else, too. Walt seemed jealous of the attention bestowed on his son. Over the years, during Christmas visits that barely lasted an hour, the adults never exchanged gifts or shared a meal.

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