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A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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 A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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.


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A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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 A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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.

30 review for Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    I've been looking forward to reading this since Stephanie Laurens announced that she was writing books focusing on this character. Lady Osbaldestone showed up for the first time in the very first Cynster novel, in all of her opinionated glory. She was one of the Grand Dames of the Regency era and her goal was to manage the Ton as she felt it should go. Especially focusing on the couples she felt should be together. This book is the beginning of Lady Osbaldestone's manipulations. She's newly wido I've been looking forward to reading this since Stephanie Laurens announced that she was writing books focusing on this character. Lady Osbaldestone showed up for the first time in the very first Cynster novel, in all of her opinionated glory. She was one of the Grand Dames of the Regency era and her goal was to manage the Ton as she felt it should go. Especially focusing on the couples she felt should be together. This book is the beginning of Lady Osbaldestone's manipulations. She's newly widowed, much younger and looking for something to entertain her. You don't have to read the other books to read this, but if you're already acquainted with the character it makes it an even more enjoyable read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    - "Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles Book 1)" by Stephanie Laurens. I absolutely love Lady Osbaldestone. During Cynster series she was always my favorite character I'm thrilled Stephanie finally gives a glimpse into her family and life. Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren are amazing combination. Their story is full of laughs and heroes. Chasing after the Christmas geese, bring the whole village together. It shows much great human emotions with - "Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles Book 1)" by Stephanie Laurens. I absolutely love Lady Osbaldestone. During Cynster series she was always my favorite character I'm thrilled Stephanie finally gives a glimpse into her family and life. Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren are amazing combination. Their story is full of laughs and heroes. Chasing after the Christmas geese, bring the whole village together. It shows much great human emotions with wounded war heroes, family struggles, near tragedies and acceptance for different lives.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Lovely story of village life, where there are grandchildren (which, for me, stole the show, along with their grandmother), wonderful array of characters, and a HEA. The writing is superb, but then always is with Stephanie Laurens. 5☆

  4. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Lady Osbladestone’s Christmas Goose is a charming, family-friendly cozy Christmas mystery with a side of romance, that takes place in 1810. The Lady in question is recently widowed and, after making a pilgrimage to all the cosmopolitan places she and her late husband loved, she’s spending the holidays at her dower house in the country. Three of her grandchildren come to spend the holidays with her and they immediately get caught up in the search for the missing Christmas geese. The entire flock Lady Osbladestone’s Christmas Goose is a charming, family-friendly cozy Christmas mystery with a side of romance, that takes place in 1810. The Lady in question is recently widowed and, after making a pilgrimage to all the cosmopolitan places she and her late husband loved, she’s spending the holidays at her dower house in the country. Three of her grandchildren come to spend the holidays with her and they immediately get caught up in the search for the missing Christmas geese. The entire flock has disappeared and no one will have a proper Christmas dinner unless they’re found. The Lady and her grandchildren enlist the help of their neighbors and do a spot of matchmaking between a Napoleonic War veteran who’s self conscious about his scars, and his lovely and lively neighbor. The characters are all well-drawn, the small town feels very real, the kids are smart and perceptive without being annoyingly precocious and the romance is sweet and believable. CW: scarred, grumpy war veteran; children sent from home because dad has mumps; near-drowning when ice breaks during a village skating party; small animal stampede after live action nativity play; drunken teens have carriage fender-bender; kissing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lover of Romance

    This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose is the first book in "Christmas Chronicles" series and I will say that when we chose this for a buddy read I really didn't know what to expect with this one going into it and I will admit that I stayed far away from looking at any reviews, I just wanted to be surprised with this book here and as much as I found enjoyment out of this book, Its definitely not a full four star read for me. This b This review was originally posted on Addicted To Romance Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose is the first book in "Christmas Chronicles" series and I will say that when we chose this for a buddy read I really didn't know what to expect with this one going into it and I will admit that I stayed far away from looking at any reviews, I just wanted to be surprised with this book here and as much as I found enjoyment out of this book, Its definitely not a full four star read for me. This book is not very long, for the price you pay, its less than half of what I normally read so I do feel the kindle price should have been a bit lower considering. But also there is more to this book than just a "romance" so I do want to make that clear especially to those that prefer just romance focused on anything that they read that you might fight the focus of it less than expected. The story begins with Lady Osbaldestone who has taken charge of her grandchildren and taken them to one of her country estates, which she has been neglecting of late. But her grandchildren are causing ruckus and drama, and then with Christmas time closing in, all the geese in the area have completely vanished and so she takes her grandchildren along to discover what happened to them. But then she discovers two single people who need each other and endeavors with the help of her grandchildren, to matchmake them together. I found the set up of the story to be so endearing and adorable in a handful of ways and I truly loved Lady Osbaldestone, she is hilarious. I know she is in other books that this author has written but let me tell you I don't read this author as much as I think I probably should. I do love the "realism" that she displays in her stories as far as the era is concerned. I never have a issue with how she writes regency era romance because she doesn't sugar coat it or modernize it of feminize it, she just writes it where it feels more real to the time period without taking anything from the characters or their endeavors. I found in this story while the romance wasn't super focused, I loved the focus we gained on the characters that are involved within the story. From the local folk, to the minister, to the grandchildren, and to our main couple. Now lets talk about the romance for a moment. I ADORED seeing these two together. You couldn't see two more opposite personalities than these two to be honest. Eugenia and Christian are delightful characters but so unique from each other. Eugenia is kind and compassionate and responsible and has a deep love for the Christmas season. Christian, is a military hero vet, but is scarred and has a lame leg because of the war and basically hides within the shadows of his own home. Until his whole community including a woman he has known most of his life forces him to breathe life and brave the community and not fear it. I actually enjoyed seeing Christian and Eugenia have their romance build here, I never felt quite satisfied as I wanted but it was cute and endearing. Overall I found Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose to be a story of lifting others with the Christmas spirit, a mystery of geese chasing and a sweet spirit filled romance that was beyond endearing.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Fun Christmas story starring the wonderful Lady Osbaldestone, Grande Dame of Regency society. She has been one of my favorite characters throughout the Cynster books, and it's always an experience when she shows up. As the story opens, Lady Osbaldestone is debating settling down in her widowhood at her dower property in the small village of Little Moseley. She's not sure there will be enough to keep her busy, but at the moment she is well-occupied. Three of her grandchildren are staying with her Fun Christmas story starring the wonderful Lady Osbaldestone, Grande Dame of Regency society. She has been one of my favorite characters throughout the Cynster books, and it's always an experience when she shows up. As the story opens, Lady Osbaldestone is debating settling down in her widowhood at her dower property in the small village of Little Moseley. She's not sure there will be enough to keep her busy, but at the moment she is well-occupied. Three of her grandchildren are staying with her while their father is ill and they have her life turned topsy-turvy. I loved the opening as the children explain the brouhaha they have caused to the church. They are obviously intelligent children with a lot of curiosity. I loved seeing Lady O try to keep a straight face as she deals with them and the vicar. She realized that she is going to have her hands full keeping them out of trouble. When the vicar mentions that the village's flock of geese has mysteriously disappeared, she gets the idea of involving them in the search. It will also give her a chance to get reacquainted with the residents of the village. I loved the call on Eugenia, who is in charge of their estate until her brother comes of age. She is frustrated with the antics of him and his friends while they are visiting from Oxford. I laughed out loud when those young men encountered Lady O. Lady O also calls on another neighbor, the reclusive Lord Longfellow. Christian is a former soldier who is hiding away, as he received injuries that have caused facial scarring a feels that he isn't fit for society. Lady O gains access to Christian in a rather unorthodox way, but it is effective. She also settles on two goals for herself: bring Christian out of hiding so he can live again, and see if she can guide Eugenia and Christian together. Just the kind of challenge she loves! I loved both Eugenia and Christian. She is kind and compassionate, but she also has spirit. Christian is a good man who believes that his future is now pretty bleak. He doesn't want to endure pity, so he locks himself away instead. Christian and Eugenia already know each other as neighbors but haven't seen each other in awhile. Sparks fly between them from the moment they meet again. I loved the encounter about the gate, Eugenia's conspiracy with Lady O, followed by the whole decorating gig. Because Lady O is such a force, she generally gets her way. I loved her use of a small dinner party to ease Christian further out of his shell. The actions of those who attended warmed my heart with their matter-of-fact acceptance of Christian as he is. Each of them also does their part to pull him back into village life. Christian quickly finds himself getting more involved, no matter how he tries to avoid it. I liked seeing the relationship develop between Christian and Eugenia. While she aches for his pain, pity isn't what she feels around him. Christian first tries pushing her away, but she won't be pushed. It also takes some additional prodding from a pint-sized matchmaker, which was fun to see. There are some hair-raising moments at the end when Christian discovers that he's not as useless as he thought he was. Both he and Eugenia realize the truth of their feelings for each other. II loved following the mystery of the missing geese. All three children really got into the spirit of trying to find out what happened to them. I enjoyed the way it gave me the opportunity to meet various people in the village and experience a little of their daily lives. As Christmas nears and the village is without the geese for their Christmas dinners, the searchers become more determined. I loved seeing the way things came together to solve the mystery just in time. I am looking forward to a yearly tradition of Christmas stories about Lady O and her adventures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 247. It is hot here - I've lost count of the number of days over 90 with no rain. (The weatherman says rain - I can look out my window and see the rain, but it always seems to stop three streets over from me.) When it's that hot outside, my mind turns to Christmas stories - the ones with snow, snowmen, sledding, ice and cold weather. A chance glance encounter with a remainder table a year ago had me acquiring this title and I deemed the time perfect for reading it. I LOVE the main charact 2020 bk 247. It is hot here - I've lost count of the number of days over 90 with no rain. (The weatherman says rain - I can look out my window and see the rain, but it always seems to stop three streets over from me.) When it's that hot outside, my mind turns to Christmas stories - the ones with snow, snowmen, sledding, ice and cold weather. A chance glance encounter with a remainder table a year ago had me acquiring this title and I deemed the time perfect for reading it. I LOVE the main character. Lady Osbaldestone has decided it is time to stop traveling and settle down in her dower property - in a village. Used to London, Ankara, St. Petersburg and the glittering capitals, will she be able to be useful to a small village. What's more can she handle her three grandchildren who are left to her charge (the nursery made decamped) when their parents succomb to measles. Oh - this was so much fun and I so enjoyed the authors very descriptive scene of the children looking for goose poo. Yes, there is romance, but it is almost an aside. The real stars of the show are the lady, her grandchildren and the residents of the village.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Raquel Evans

    It's my fault for picking up this book after such a cursory glance based on a years ago recommendation, but I am NOT the intended audience for this book. I thought it was actually going to be a about a grandmother solving a little cozy mystery with her grandchildren. Then there's a scarred war hero, and young lady from the village, and she's about to fall off a ladder, and I can see where this is going, but it seems very sweet so that's okay too. And then all of a sudden there's 'supple feminin It's my fault for picking up this book after such a cursory glance based on a years ago recommendation, but I am NOT the intended audience for this book. I thought it was actually going to be a about a grandmother solving a little cozy mystery with her grandchildren. Then there's a scarred war hero, and young lady from the village, and she's about to fall off a ladder, and I can see where this is going, but it seems very sweet so that's okay too. And then all of a sudden there's 'supple feminine strength' and 'parts of him that he thought were dead stirring to unabashed life' and I'm sitting here torn between "What the..." and "I just wanted to know what happened to the geese!" So, apparently even 'closed door' Regency romances are not my thing (or at least, when they're written by authors who typically write open door and are just trying to restrain themselves...). I might go read the last chapter to find out what happened to the geese though...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Melo

    FINAL DECISION:  This is a lovely Christmas story with a little mystery and a little romance. Lovely and sweet, I didn't have high expectations but found this a pleasant little story. THE STORY: Lady Osbaldestone, after being widowed a few years before has three of her grandchildren joining her for Christmas. Lady Osbaldestone has come to her dower house and the nearby village to see if wants to reside there more permanently. Despite not being high society, the village has plenty to keep a lady o FINAL DECISION:  This is a lovely Christmas story with a little mystery and a little romance. Lovely and sweet, I didn't have high expectations but found this a pleasant little story. THE STORY: Lady Osbaldestone, after being widowed a few years before has three of her grandchildren joining her for Christmas. Lady Osbaldestone has come to her dower house and the nearby village to see if wants to reside there more permanently. Despite not being high society, the village has plenty to keep a lady occupied. Among other things, the flock of Christmas geese have gone missing and a local gentleman and lady need a push to discover their destiny. OPINION: This is a sweet Christmas story combined with a tiny mystery and a gentle romance. It was an interesting choice for the author to give the story from the perspective of Lady Osbaldestone who is discovering her own path after the death of her husband. This isn't a story of grief because she has been a widow for several years, but rather her finding a purpose and a usefulness and a place. I didn't expect to like the story, but I really did. I thought the village was charming and Lady Osbaldestone's relationships interesting and funny. I also loved seeing her work her matchmaking magic on a man who has lost hope and a woman who is living her life for her brother's future. I thought the romance worked extraordinarily well and felt nice for the type of story this is. I enjoyed this book and would definitely read more of this series. WORTH MENTIONING: This is a clean romance. Kissing only. CONNECTED BOOKS: Lady Osbaldestone is a recurring secondary character in many of Lauren's novels. This book, however, is completely separate and doesn't require reading any of the other books. In fact, it occurs prior to the other books. STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.This review was originally posted on Top10RomanceBooks.com

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ewa ❀

    Very enjoyable. I liked very much.

  11. 4 out of 5

    〰️Beth〰️

    A new glimpse into Lady Osbaldestone’s life If you are like me and have ready many (if not all) of Stephanie Lauren’s books you know Lady O is a grande dame who appears in almost every book. She terrifies the Alpha males with her matchmaking and sage advice for the spirited heroines. This book provides a different look into her life. She is middle aged with young grandchildren. We see her diplomacy and manipulations as her three grandchildren help find Christmas geese and a couple find love. Swe A new glimpse into Lady Osbaldestone’s life If you are like me and have ready many (if not all) of Stephanie Lauren’s books you know Lady O is a grande dame who appears in almost every book. She terrifies the Alpha males with her matchmaking and sage advice for the spirited heroines. This book provides a different look into her life. She is middle aged with young grandchildren. We see her diplomacy and manipulations as her three grandchildren help find Christmas geese and a couple find love. Sweet and fun...makes me want to back and read some of Ms. Lauren’s sexier reads and remember What Lady O has done over the stories to influence The Regency world created by the author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karin

    3+ Well, this was a lovely audiobook that, as you can see, arrived a bit too late for a holiday read for me. The audiobook narrator really did a fabulous job and nearly made this 4 stars for me (three plus is a good rating for me for this sort of book). While I enjoyed the characters and the story quite a bit, it was a lovely, predictable book (but of course knowing it will end happy is part of the fun of it), and it made good listening while driving. I plan to listen to the second one, but in my 3+ Well, this was a lovely audiobook that, as you can see, arrived a bit too late for a holiday read for me. The audiobook narrator really did a fabulous job and nearly made this 4 stars for me (three plus is a good rating for me for this sort of book). While I enjoyed the characters and the story quite a bit, it was a lovely, predictable book (but of course knowing it will end happy is part of the fun of it), and it made good listening while driving. I plan to listen to the second one, but in my entire state library catalogue, there are only these two audiobooks and that is it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.75 stars. A light and fun read with Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren trying to solve the case of the missing geese so that the whole village won't miss out on their Christmas roast goose. :) The kids are with her as their father has come down with the mumps and the hunt of the missing geese was her way to occupy three easily bored children. We get to see what village life must have been like in the old days with Christmas carols, Nativity scene re-enactments and ice skating on the l 3.75 stars. A light and fun read with Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren trying to solve the case of the missing geese so that the whole village won't miss out on their Christmas roast goose. :) The kids are with her as their father has come down with the mumps and the hunt of the missing geese was her way to occupy three easily bored children. We get to see what village life must have been like in the old days with Christmas carols, Nativity scene re-enactments and ice skating on the local pond. Then there's the reclusive scarred war hero and the spinster looking after her younger brother's estate that just call for Lady O's matchmaking talents. The cutest thing is that it seems her grandchildren have inherited her meddling ways. All in all, a nice novella full of Christmas cheers.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose Author: Stephanie Laurens Read by: Helen Lloyd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Length: Approximately 7 hours Source: Blackstone Audio Digital Review Copy as a part of the Audiobook Jukebox Review– Thank-you! I read this along in a print copy of the book that was a Christmas gift from my best friend Jenn. Lady Therese Osbaldestone is a widow who is trying to find her way in the world. Settling in Little Moseley in Hampshire at an estate left to her by her Aunt, L Title: Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose Author: Stephanie Laurens Read by: Helen Lloyd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Length: Approximately 7 hours Source: Blackstone Audio Digital Review Copy as a part of the Audiobook Jukebox Review– Thank-you! I read this along in a print copy of the book that was a Christmas gift from my best friend Jenn. Lady Therese Osbaldestone is a widow who is trying to find her way in the world. Settling in Little Moseley in Hampshire at an estate left to her by her Aunt, Lady Osbaldestone sets to work getting reacquainted with the community and also caring for her three young grandchildren who are visiting while their parents are ill. As it nears Christmas, Lady Osbaldestone and the three children are soon embroiled in mystery as the flock of geese the village is looking forward to eating for Christmas dinner has gone missing. As they search the village, the family also finds themselves helping to bring a wounded veteran of the Napoleon wars, Lord Christian Longfellow, back out into village life and hopefully into romance with his neighbor, Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon. Will love be found as well as the “blasted” geese? I really, really loved this novel. I am a great fan of Christmas regency romance and I found this to be a delightful story. The village of Little Mosely was charming and delightful and I love the characters that inhabited the village. I also loved how the grandchildren were entranced with not only finding the geese, but also helping their grandmother to play matchmaker. There was a nail biting incidence of suspense toward the end of the book, but I overall enjoyed that it had a little mystery, a little romance, but no violence and the romance was clean with only a kiss. I listened to the audiobook while also reading along with the actual novel which was fun to do. I thought Helen Lloyd was an excellent narrator and it was a very enjoyable book to listen to as an audio. She did great with the characters and pacing of the story. This is a first book in a planned series and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series! Overall, Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose is a delightful Christmas mystery and romance novel. I highly recommend it! This review was originally posted on my blog at: https://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2017...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    *Sigh* This was well nigh a perfect Regency Christmas romance! It had it all - decorating a grand home with holly and ivy, mistletoe kisses, skating parties, carol singing, live village nativity, and young love leading to the alter. All was delivered with Stephanie Laurens' deft hand drawing memorable characters and liberally sprinkling humor throughout the dramas and mishaps lending excitement to the season. It is the start of the Christmas season in 1810, and the recently widowed Lady Osbaldest *Sigh* This was well nigh a perfect Regency Christmas romance! It had it all - decorating a grand home with holly and ivy, mistletoe kisses, skating parties, carol singing, live village nativity, and young love leading to the alter. All was delivered with Stephanie Laurens' deft hand drawing memorable characters and liberally sprinkling humor throughout the dramas and mishaps lending excitement to the season. It is the start of the Christmas season in 1810, and the recently widowed Lady Osbaldestone is settling into the dower house in a small English village. She is one of the grand dames of London's haute ton and someone familiar to all who read Laurens' series as a beloved periphery character. She is expecting to spend Christmas with her daughter's family, but a case of the mumps has 3 of her young grandchildren taking shelter from the contagion with her for the holidays. On top of that, the village's flock of geese have disappeared, threatening to leave the entire village without any Christmas goose to grace each villager's Christmas dinner. While looking for the flock, Lady Osbaldestone and her grandchildren do a little matchmaking as well. Unusually for Laurens there are no hot bedroom scenes between the young lovers, a soldier disfigured by injuries sustained at Talavera, and the young woman managing her brother's estate until he comes of age. But no matter...it really is not needed.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles, #1) A Blackstone audio book A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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 Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles, #1) A Blackstone audio book A lighthearted tale of Christmas long ago with a grandmother and three of her grandchildren, one lost soul, a lady driven to distraction, a recalcitrant donkey, and a flock of determined geese. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital audiobook performed by Helen Lloyd. Set in 1810 England, just on the cusp of the Regency period, this delightful Christmas mystery focuses on the recently widowed Lady Therese Osbaldestone, her three young grandchildren, a flock of missing geese, a “spinster” forgoing her own happiness to look after her younger brother, and a wounded war veteran. Lady Osbaldestone is a marvelous character; bright, opinionated, kind, inquisitive (some might say nosy), and confident in her right – nay, duty Digital audiobook performed by Helen Lloyd. Set in 1810 England, just on the cusp of the Regency period, this delightful Christmas mystery focuses on the recently widowed Lady Therese Osbaldestone, her three young grandchildren, a flock of missing geese, a “spinster” forgoing her own happiness to look after her younger brother, and a wounded war veteran. Lady Osbaldestone is a marvelous character; bright, opinionated, kind, inquisitive (some might say nosy), and confident in her right – nay, duty – to oversee everyone’s business. As she enlists the help of the children in finding clues as to the whereabouts of the missing geese, she stumbles upon two people in desperate need of matchmaking. Lord Christian Longfellow is living the life of a recluse, certain that his scars make him a pariah to his neighbors. But it is the wounds to his psyche that affect him far more than those to his visage. Meanwhile Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon has her hands full trying to manage the estate of her younger brother, who would rather party with his equally immature and irresponsible friends than attend to business. Of course, Lady O will begin with a plea to Eugenia’s organization skills and need to be helpful; poor Lord Longfellow hasn’t yet decorated his home for Christmas, and Miss Eugenia is JUST the person to fix that! This is a delight on so many levels, from the marvelous characters to the charming scenes of Regency village holiday life – ice skating parties, a live nativity pageant, holly and mistletoe, and, of course, the geese! Helen Lloyd perfectly performed the audio version. She gives us a Lady Osbaldestone who is every bit the dowager and up to whatever task may come her way. She’s equally deft at giving voice to the very young grandchildren, Lord Longfellow and a host of villagers. A splendid narration.

  18. 5 out of 5

    annapi

    Lady Osbaldestone has her three grandchildren (aged 9, 7 & 5) over for Christmas because their father has the mumps. Their rambunctious exploits have caused trouble in the small town so in an effort to keep them occupied, she enlists their help in finding out where the town's geese have disappeared to, an important undertaking as if they are not found, no one in town will have a goose for Christmas dinner. An inveterate matchmaker, she also recruits them in her attempt to throw the town recluse, Lady Osbaldestone has her three grandchildren (aged 9, 7 & 5) over for Christmas because their father has the mumps. Their rambunctious exploits have caused trouble in the small town so in an effort to keep them occupied, she enlists their help in finding out where the town's geese have disappeared to, an important undertaking as if they are not found, no one in town will have a goose for Christmas dinner. An inveterate matchmaker, she also recruits them in her attempt to throw the town recluse, Lord Longfellow, together with Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon. This Christmas adventure was a delightful read. The children were quite mature for their age (compared to today's kids!), learning quickly from their grandmother. The romance was sweet, with the wounded warrior and the strong, compassionate woman. The village people were all interesting characters, and the mystery of the geese plausible enough. I hope this series keeps going every year, though I wonder what will happen when the kids become too old to be cute. I imagine Lady O will have other grandchildren to keep her occupied every Christmas!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Just as magical and wonderful as when I first read it! The recently widowed Grand Dame Lady O is spending Christmas at her dower property in the village of Little Mosely, and, if all goes well and she feels comfortable and engaged in village affairs, planning on making it her permanent home when not in London or visiting friends. However some of her young grandchildren descend on her for the holidays when their father becomes ill. At first wondering how to entertain them, soon they are all wrapp Just as magical and wonderful as when I first read it! The recently widowed Grand Dame Lady O is spending Christmas at her dower property in the village of Little Mosely, and, if all goes well and she feels comfortable and engaged in village affairs, planning on making it her permanent home when not in London or visiting friends. However some of her young grandchildren descend on her for the holidays when their father becomes ill. At first wondering how to entertain them, soon they are all wrapped up in village affairs, the local annual holiday traditions and some gentle matchmaking when they set out to assist Farmer Took solve the mystery of the disappearance one day of the flock of geese being fattened up for the villagers' Christmas dinners. This time I listened to an audio book read by the incomparable Helen Lloyd. Absolute perfection. Her voice, intonation, and performance was perfect for Lady O, her children and the villagers. By a landslide, this was my most successful pandemic listen....graduating to amusing me while I put together a jigsaw puzzle rather than help me sleep.

  20. 5 out of 5

    N.W. Moors

    Lady Osbaldestone is a grande dame of London society, but she is opting to live in the small village of Little Moseley, at least for the Christmas season. The three grandchildren of her youngest daughter are staying with her and they are a handful for an older lady who left most of the raising of her children to tutors and nannies. When the entire flock of geese goes missing, depriving the village of their favorite Christmas meals, Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren are on a mission t Lady Osbaldestone is a grande dame of London society, but she is opting to live in the small village of Little Moseley, at least for the Christmas season. The three grandchildren of her youngest daughter are staying with her and they are a handful for an older lady who left most of the raising of her children to tutors and nannies. When the entire flock of geese goes missing, depriving the village of their favorite Christmas meals, Lady Osbaldestone and her three grandchildren are on a mission to find the missing birds. Along the way, they hope to do a bit of matchmaking between neighbors Miss Eugenia Fitzgibbon and Lord Longfellow. This is an adorable Christmas story that displays the holiday traditions of this small English village within the confines of a sweet romance. The children are wonderful; indeed, each character is finely drawn and enjoyable. There are no real villains which fits the meaning of the season and lots of holiday cheer. Great start to the Christmas Chronicles series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Pamela

    This book was very well written . It involves a grand dame of the Victorian age who went to her country estate, to think about slowing down and retiring there. She was not sure if there would be enough to keep her involved in a small village. Then her three small grandchildren arrive, since their father has mumps. They have come to spend the Christmas and longer with their grandmother. She seems at a loss how to keep the children entertained, A mystery comes their way by news of their cook. It s This book was very well written . It involves a grand dame of the Victorian age who went to her country estate, to think about slowing down and retiring there. She was not sure if there would be enough to keep her involved in a small village. Then her three small grandchildren arrive, since their father has mumps. They have come to spend the Christmas and longer with their grandmother. She seems at a loss how to keep the children entertained, A mystery comes their way by news of their cook. It seems 23 geese have gone missing from a local farm. They decide this would be a perfect Christmas mystery, but are even more surprised as the search leads them to other things that need straightened out. Five young gentlemen will learn they must grow up, and face their responsibilities. A young gentle lady may find love, after all. The town's most titled gentleman may learn the he can be accepted for more than his status , in the village. I really enjoyed this book, but the love story was almost exactly like a book I had read before, including the disability. This took a little of the adventure, and sparkle from the story. I gave it a solid 4. I am sure no one took an idea, and wrote a book very similar to the other, after all war causes many similar injuries.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Helene Harrison

    Review - I absolutely loved Lady Osbaldestone in Stephanie Laurens' other novels, right from the very first Cynster novel, so I was absolutely thrilled when I learned she was writing a series based entirely around this very opinionated, forthright and indomitable woman. I was not disappointed. All the supporting characters were also entirely likeable, and I hope they appear in later books in this series as well. Lady Osbaldestone manages to interfere without it being too much, and her adorable g Review - I absolutely loved Lady Osbaldestone in Stephanie Laurens' other novels, right from the very first Cynster novel, so I was absolutely thrilled when I learned she was writing a series based entirely around this very opinionated, forthright and indomitable woman. I was not disappointed. All the supporting characters were also entirely likeable, and I hope they appear in later books in this series as well. Lady Osbaldestone manages to interfere without it being too much, and her adorable grandchildren are learning from the master, so I can see they are going to cause chaos as they get older, and I hope the series continues to include them in the stories. Not too long, but a great story nonetheless. Genre? - Historical / Romance Characters? - Therese, Lady Osbaldestone / Eugenia Fitzgibbon / Christian, Lord Longfellow / Lottie / James / George / Henry Fitzgibbon Setting? - Little Moseley (England) Series? - Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles #1 Recommend? – Yes Rating - 17/20

  23. 4 out of 5

    Readerkuna1

    This is cute and good book. Lady Osbaldstone is taking care of her grandchildren during the Christmas season. They come to find out that the flock of geese are missing. So decides that her and the children need to find them. They goes around the village and neighborhood looking the geese. She even gets Lord Christian Longfellow out and about. She lets him know that he is needed. She also has a plan to get him and Lady Eugenia together. Her and the children grow closer together. She has made Harting This is cute and good book. Lady Osbaldstone is taking care of her grandchildren during the Christmas season. They come to find out that the flock of geese are missing. So decides that her and the children need to find them. They goes around the village and neighborhood looking the geese. She even gets Lord Christian Longfellow out and about. She lets him know that he is needed. She also has a plan to get him and Lady Eugenia together. Her and the children grow closer together. She has made Hartington Manor her home. Her and her neighbors do all they can to find the geese. Christian saves a little girl and Eugenia from the lake that was frozen. He tells her how he feels about her and she does too. They found each other and Christian found himself again. They eventually find where the geese are. They went back to the place they knew before and they left them their and then caught them. Their Christmas turned out great. This is a good book. Another great read from Stephanie.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Finally, a new Stephanie Laurens book that I can get behind and say I really enjoyed reading. This is the first of a new series staring Lady Osbaldestone, the Grand Dame of almost all the earlier Cynster books. She's a fantastic lady and provided an enjoyable read. This was a sweet romance with no heavy, life shattering mystery. Probably not for every Laurens reader, but it was a nice change over the Christmas holiday. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to more in this series. I gave this 4 st Finally, a new Stephanie Laurens book that I can get behind and say I really enjoyed reading. This is the first of a new series staring Lady Osbaldestone, the Grand Dame of almost all the earlier Cynster books. She's a fantastic lady and provided an enjoyable read. This was a sweet romance with no heavy, life shattering mystery. Probably not for every Laurens reader, but it was a nice change over the Christmas holiday. I enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to more in this series. I gave this 4 stars! That said, this book has not totally redeemed SL in my eyes right now. I've been extremely disappointed in her last several books...too heavy...unlikeable characters...too much detail that carries on through the entire series. This is a pattern she started when she wrote the Black Cobra series and unless she stops doing this and goes back to her old writing style, I'm outta here!

  25. 4 out of 5

    H

    This is a delightful story - a period historical romance filled with detail and characters ranging from the redoubtable Lady Osbaldestone (Think Maggie Smith in Downtown Abbey mixed with 'The Matchmaker' from Fiddler on The Roof and you're getting somewhere close to her character) to the sad and lonely romantic hero and heroine - sad and lonely until Lady O and her three visiting grandchildren get to work. I suspect that this is the first in a series of Lady Osbaldestone's adventures and I look This is a delightful story - a period historical romance filled with detail and characters ranging from the redoubtable Lady Osbaldestone (Think Maggie Smith in Downtown Abbey mixed with 'The Matchmaker' from Fiddler on The Roof and you're getting somewhere close to her character) to the sad and lonely romantic hero and heroine - sad and lonely until Lady O and her three visiting grandchildren get to work. I suspect that this is the first in a series of Lady Osbaldestone's adventures and I look forward to reading the entire series. A joyful and happy book about family, love, acceptance and community - perhaps with a slightly nostalgic tinge of rose coloured specs - but a 'feel good' read none the less. Perfect for curling up on a winter's evening in front of the fire. Lovely and cosy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole R

    Awww, this was just a feel good Christmas story! Set in a small town in the early 1800s, Lady Osbaldestone is watching her three young grandkids for a few days before Christmas. But what will she do to keep them entertained? A flock of missing geese, a newly returned war hero who is a recluse, a little match-making for the "spinster" 29-year old woman, and participating in all of the cheesy small town Christmas celebrations should be enough! Yes, the kids are too precocious. Yes, the story is dri Awww, this was just a feel good Christmas story! Set in a small town in the early 1800s, Lady Osbaldestone is watching her three young grandkids for a few days before Christmas. But what will she do to keep them entertained? A flock of missing geese, a newly returned war hero who is a recluse, a little match-making for the "spinster" 29-year old woman, and participating in all of the cheesy small town Christmas celebrations should be enough! Yes, the kids are too precocious. Yes, the story is dripping with stereotypes and cliches. Yes, you can see each development coming from a mile away. And yet....it was heart-warming. It was about friendship and community and opening yourself up to new people and places. Dang, I am going to have to look for the other books in this series as well.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jessi

    Light romance, light mystery -- this book was a fun introduction to Lady Osbaldestone with her own stories. Now widowed but still a grand dame of the ton, she is connecting (somewhat warily) with three of her grandchildren while their parents are dealing with an illness. Definitely, the children are a little more precocious than might be believable but, if you can suspend your disbelief, this is just a fun story. Therese is trying to figure out how to entertain her grandchildren in her small vill Light romance, light mystery -- this book was a fun introduction to Lady Osbaldestone with her own stories. Now widowed but still a grand dame of the ton, she is connecting (somewhat warily) with three of her grandchildren while their parents are dealing with an illness. Definitely, the children are a little more precocious than might be believable but, if you can suspend your disbelief, this is just a fun story. Therese is trying to figure out how to entertain her grandchildren in her small village but there is a built-in mystery of where all of the geese, raised for Christmas dinner, have disappeared to. While they are doing that, helping a local injured hero to realize that he might be worth love is a secondary task. Very Laurens-light with a rather whimsical romance.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sharyn

    This is just an adorable story. I kept smiling as I listened to it. Not in the usual Lauren's style. Lady Osbaldestone is a recurring character in many of her books. She has her own little series which I have gotten from audible plus. A perfect book to listen to while walking and swimming. Loved every character, especially Lord Christian Longfellow, a Major badly injured in the war, who has come home and hidden himself away. Lady O and her 3 visiting grandchildren set out to match him with his n This is just an adorable story. I kept smiling as I listened to it. Not in the usual Lauren's style. Lady Osbaldestone is a recurring character in many of her books. She has her own little series which I have gotten from audible plus. A perfect book to listen to while walking and swimming. Loved every character, especially Lord Christian Longfellow, a Major badly injured in the war, who has come home and hidden himself away. Lady O and her 3 visiting grandchildren set out to match him with his neighbor. Meanwhile they are also searching for a missing flock of geese that was to be Christmas dinner for many in the village. The children are adorable and there are several happy endings. Onto the next one.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Cute Christmas romance with a little mystery included! This is not a major emotional story. This is a cute, feel-good, Christmas story. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Lady Osbaldestone's earlier times and meeting her grandchildren. I look forward to seeing them in future stories. Christian and Eugenia are great characters and totally balance each other. The secondary characters, while quite numerous, added greatly to the story. The mystery of the missing geese kept the whole thing moving. All in all, Cute Christmas romance with a little mystery included! This is not a major emotional story. This is a cute, feel-good, Christmas story. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Lady Osbaldestone's earlier times and meeting her grandchildren. I look forward to seeing them in future stories. Christian and Eugenia are great characters and totally balance each other. The secondary characters, while quite numerous, added greatly to the story. The mystery of the missing geese kept the whole thing moving. All in all, this is a fun holiday romance and a chance to see a favorite character from many Stephanie Laurens books in a slightly different way. Enjoy! I certainly did!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frances Law

    Delightful! I don't think that Stephanie Laurens is capable of writing a bad book. This is another good one. A lighthearted romance with a younger Lady Osbaldestone and three mischievous but lovable grandchildren. A wounded soldier, home from fighting in the Peninsular, convinced that he is sentenced to a life alone. A young woman who is convinced that at 24 she is an old maid. Lady Osbaldestone and her merry band are determined to play matchmaker! Then, of course, there are the missing geese! If Delightful! I don't think that Stephanie Laurens is capable of writing a bad book. This is another good one. A lighthearted romance with a younger Lady Osbaldestone and three mischievous but lovable grandchildren. A wounded soldier, home from fighting in the Peninsular, convinced that he is sentenced to a life alone. A young woman who is convinced that at 24 she is an old maid. Lady Osbaldestone and her merry band are determined to play matchmaker! Then, of course, there are the missing geese! If they aren't found the whole village will be without their Christmas goose for dinner! This delightful novel is suitable for all ages.

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