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#1 NYT-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a heartwarming tale of a long-ago country-village Christmas, a grandmother, three eager grandchildren, one moody teenage granddaughter, an earnest young lady, a gentleman in hiding, and an elusive book of Christmas carols. Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household are quietly delighted when her younger daughter’s t #1 NYT-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a heartwarming tale of a long-ago country-village Christmas, a grandmother, three eager grandchildren, one moody teenage granddaughter, an earnest young lady, a gentleman in hiding, and an elusive book of Christmas carols. Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household are quietly delighted when her younger daughter’s three children, Jamie, George, and Lottie, insist on returning to Therese’s house, Hartington Manor in the village Little Moseley, to spend the three weeks leading up to Christmas participating in the village’s traditional events. Then out of the blue, one of Therese’s older granddaughters, Melissa, arrives on the doorstep. Her mother, Therese’s older daughter, begs Therese to take Melissa in until the family gathering at Christmas—otherwise, Melissa has nowhere else to go. Despite having no experience dealing with moody, reticent teenagers like Melissa, Therese welcomes Melissa warmly. The younger children are happy to include their cousin in their plans—and despite her initial aloofness, Melissa discovers she’s not too old to enjoy the simple delights of a village Christmas. The previous year, Therese learned the trick to keeping her unexpected guests out of mischief. She casts around and discovers that the new organist, who plays superbly, has a strange failing. He requires the written music in front of him before he can play a piece, and the church’s book of Christmas carols has gone missing. Therese immediately volunteers the services of her grandchildren, who are only too happy to fling themselves into the search to find the missing book of carols. Its disappearance threatens one of the village’s most-valued Christmas traditions—the Carol Service—yet as the book has always been freely loaned within the village, no one imagines that it won’t be found with a little application. But as Therese’s intrepid four follow the trail of the book from house to house, the mystery of where the book has vanished to only deepens. Then the organist hears the children singing and invites them to form a special guest choir. The children love singing, and provided they find the book in time, they’ll be able to put on an extra-special service for the village. While the urgency and their desire to find the missing book escalates, the children—being Therese’s grandchildren—get distracted by the potential for romance that buds, burgeons, and blooms before them. Yet as Christmas nears, the questions remain: Will the four unravel the twisted trail of the missing book in time to save the village’s Carol Service? And will they succeed in nudging the organist and the harpist they’ve found to play alongside him into seizing the happy-ever-after that hovers before the pair’s noses. Second in series. A novel of 62,000 words. A Christmas tale full of music and romance.


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#1 NYT-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a heartwarming tale of a long-ago country-village Christmas, a grandmother, three eager grandchildren, one moody teenage granddaughter, an earnest young lady, a gentleman in hiding, and an elusive book of Christmas carols. Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household are quietly delighted when her younger daughter’s t #1 NYT-bestselling author Stephanie Laurens brings you a heartwarming tale of a long-ago country-village Christmas, a grandmother, three eager grandchildren, one moody teenage granddaughter, an earnest young lady, a gentleman in hiding, and an elusive book of Christmas carols. Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, and her household are quietly delighted when her younger daughter’s three children, Jamie, George, and Lottie, insist on returning to Therese’s house, Hartington Manor in the village Little Moseley, to spend the three weeks leading up to Christmas participating in the village’s traditional events. Then out of the blue, one of Therese’s older granddaughters, Melissa, arrives on the doorstep. Her mother, Therese’s older daughter, begs Therese to take Melissa in until the family gathering at Christmas—otherwise, Melissa has nowhere else to go. Despite having no experience dealing with moody, reticent teenagers like Melissa, Therese welcomes Melissa warmly. The younger children are happy to include their cousin in their plans—and despite her initial aloofness, Melissa discovers she’s not too old to enjoy the simple delights of a village Christmas. The previous year, Therese learned the trick to keeping her unexpected guests out of mischief. She casts around and discovers that the new organist, who plays superbly, has a strange failing. He requires the written music in front of him before he can play a piece, and the church’s book of Christmas carols has gone missing. Therese immediately volunteers the services of her grandchildren, who are only too happy to fling themselves into the search to find the missing book of carols. Its disappearance threatens one of the village’s most-valued Christmas traditions—the Carol Service—yet as the book has always been freely loaned within the village, no one imagines that it won’t be found with a little application. But as Therese’s intrepid four follow the trail of the book from house to house, the mystery of where the book has vanished to only deepens. Then the organist hears the children singing and invites them to form a special guest choir. The children love singing, and provided they find the book in time, they’ll be able to put on an extra-special service for the village. While the urgency and their desire to find the missing book escalates, the children—being Therese’s grandchildren—get distracted by the potential for romance that buds, burgeons, and blooms before them. Yet as Christmas nears, the questions remain: Will the four unravel the twisted trail of the missing book in time to save the village’s Carol Service? And will they succeed in nudging the organist and the harpist they’ve found to play alongside him into seizing the happy-ever-after that hovers before the pair’s noses. Second in series. A novel of 62,000 words. A Christmas tale full of music and romance.

30 review for Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols (Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 stars. I listened to this back to back with the first book. So am familiar with the set up. Because they enjoyed their stay so much last year, the three grandkids from the first book Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose is back with Lady O to spend a couple of weeks before their family Christmas gathering. This time around, another teenage grand-daughter is also sent to Lady O. Her mother (Lady O's daughter) is hoping that Lady O will be able to sort out the teen's moodiness. And so again, Lad 3.5 stars. I listened to this back to back with the first book. So am familiar with the set up. Because they enjoyed their stay so much last year, the three grandkids from the first book Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Goose is back with Lady O to spend a couple of weeks before their family Christmas gathering. This time around, another teenage grand-daughter is also sent to Lady O. Her mother (Lady O's daughter) is hoping that Lady O will be able to sort out the teen's moodiness. And so again, Lady O needs something to keep the 4 kids occupied. Serendipitously, the vicar arrived to tell them that the Church's Book of Christmas Carols has gone missing! And the new organist can only play looking at the music sheets. And so the kids must recover the book before the night of the Christmas Carols. And as they go around the village looking for the book, they meet a young lady just arrived from town to spend the year with her aunt whilst her parents take up a foreign post and who happens to be a good harpist. Lady O and her grandkids saw the sparks between the organist and the harpist when they met and of course decided to meddle... I have to admit a missing book is not as funny as a bunch of missing geese. Nevertheless, it's still a nice Christmassy read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    Some light fun set in the Regency period.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    A delightful story, in which the grandchildren are back with grandmama, plus another older grandchild, Melissa. They are searching for the missing church book of carols, and if they cannot find it then there will be no Christmas carol service. So, adventure begins! This is a lovely heartwarming story of people in a small village. 5☆

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eden

    2020 bk 253. I didn't think she could top number 1 - but she did it!. Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren had so much fun last year - that they didn't wait for an invitation. The three youngster's show up with their older cousin (14 years old) Melissa who is in a case of the early adolescent sullens. A new organist who does not have carols memorized is in a panic as the one book of Christmas Carols has gone missing from the vestry. Never fear, it's Lady Osbaldestone, her grandchildren and the hous 2020 bk 253. I didn't think she could top number 1 - but she did it!. Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren had so much fun last year - that they didn't wait for an invitation. The three youngster's show up with their older cousin (14 years old) Melissa who is in a case of the early adolescent sullens. A new organist who does not have carols memorized is in a panic as the one book of Christmas Carols has gone missing from the vestry. Never fear, it's Lady Osbaldestone, her grandchildren and the house party from Oxford who unite to track down the missing book, have Christmas fun, and lots of food! Great read and it cooled things down in 90+ degree weather here in southern Indiana.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    3+ stars Once again, Lady Osbaldestone is joined by her three youngest grandchildren for the weeks leading up the Christmas, but this time they are joined by her moody 14 year old grand-daughter (a moody 14 year old--such a shocker ; ), Melissa. Soon they are hunting for the missing book of Christmas carols and helping along a budding romance between the new organist--obviously a gentleman (but hiding something we aren't sure about) and a lady who wears glasses and has sworn off marriage because 3+ stars Once again, Lady Osbaldestone is joined by her three youngest grandchildren for the weeks leading up the Christmas, but this time they are joined by her moody 14 year old grand-daughter (a moody 14 year old--such a shocker ; ), Melissa. Soon they are hunting for the missing book of Christmas carols and helping along a budding romance between the new organist--obviously a gentleman (but hiding something we aren't sure about) and a lady who wears glasses and has sworn off marriage because she doesn't want to be married only for her dowry. This is another fun tale and there is a small hint of something to come down the road, so I am more than miffed that my library system has no more of these audiobooks, since listening to them enhances this sort of tale quite a bit.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra McEathron

    Christmas choir This was a lovely story with Terese's grandchildren again having a mystery to solve in Little Mosely. The children were successful and helped a young couple find love. Christmas choir This was a lovely story with Terese's grandchildren again having a mystery to solve in Little Mosely. The children were successful and helped a young couple find love.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    Review to come

  8. 4 out of 5

    annapi

    I was intrigued by Theresa's review giving a Regency romance 5 stars, and after the disaster of the previous book I read decided to give hers a try. Except that when I went searching for the book I latched onto the first one I found with "Lady Osbaldestone" in the title, and only now that I'm writing this review did I realize I ended up with book 2! But I don't care, because this book was delightful! I finished it in a day. And I will be reading book 1 next. This being my first book by Stephanie I was intrigued by Theresa's review giving a Regency romance 5 stars, and after the disaster of the previous book I read decided to give hers a try. Except that when I went searching for the book I latched onto the first one I found with "Lady Osbaldestone" in the title, and only now that I'm writing this review did I realize I ended up with book 2! But I don't care, because this book was delightful! I finished it in a day. And I will be reading book 1 next. This being my first book by Stephanie Laurens, I was not familiar with any of the characters, who obviously starred in previous books. But I loved the character of Lady Osbaldestone, who just before Christmas welcomes her two grandsons and two granddaughters into her home to spend some time with her before the big family Christmas gathering. They get involved in the search for the church's missing book of Christmas carols, without which their new organist cannot perform for the annual traditional Carol Service. Along the way we have a romance on the side. This was a fun read, exactly the kind of feel-good light Christmas read I was looking for. The characters were sensible and interesting, and the romance had a nice light touch and felt sincere. I'm not a big fan of romances, but I may check out other books by this author to get acquainted with the other characters introduced here in the background, after I finish book 1 of this series. And next year I hope to read book 3 when it comes out.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rosemarie Grainer

    Fun Christmas romance novella I have been waiting for this story since the first one appeared last year! This has the usual huge cast of characters, all of whom are well drawn, a gentle mystery (actually 2 mysteries), and a sweet romance. There is no steam in here at all, and it is not needed. If you want a cute historical Christmas romance with vivid characters, both young and older, a leisurely pace, a hopeful tone and a character oriented storyline, this is the story for you. You do not have t Fun Christmas romance novella I have been waiting for this story since the first one appeared last year! This has the usual huge cast of characters, all of whom are well drawn, a gentle mystery (actually 2 mysteries), and a sweet romance. There is no steam in here at all, and it is not needed. If you want a cute historical Christmas romance with vivid characters, both young and older, a leisurely pace, a hopeful tone and a character oriented storyline, this is the story for you. You do not have to read the first story to enjoy this one, but it will make things much clearer. This will put you in a festive mood no matter what the season. However I plan on rereading both these in December. They remind you of the reasons we celebrate Christmas with family and friends. Enjoy!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna Martin

    Lady Osbaldestone Returns Stephanie Laurens does it again. She brings us an entertaining lead up to Christmas with Lady Osbaldestone and her precocious grandchildren. A mystery to solve, a enticing romance (plus a hint of another to come) and we learn a bit of Christmas tradition and history. I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols Author: Stephanie Laurens Read by: Helen Lloyd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Length: Approximately 6 hours and 52 minutes Source: Purchased from Amazon.com Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols is book two of the delightful Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles. As readers of the blog know, I love Christmas books and I especially love regency Christmas novels. This book was perfect for me and it did not disappoint. Therese, Lady O Title: Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols Author: Stephanie Laurens Read by: Helen Lloyd Publisher: Blackstone Audio Length: Approximately 6 hours and 52 minutes Source: Purchased from Amazon.com Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols is book two of the delightful Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles. As readers of the blog know, I love Christmas books and I especially love regency Christmas novels. This book was perfect for me and it did not disappoint. Therese, Lady Osbaldestone, has her three young grandchildren to visit just before Christmas in her dower house in Little Mosely. They are joined by their 14-year old cousin, Melissa, for the visit. The children had a great time solving a local mystery the pervious year so Lady Osbaldestone searches for a mystery for this Christmas season. They soon find it when they discover the book of Christmas carols is missing from the local parish. Without it, there will be no Carol Service as they traditionally have each year as the handsome new organist, Richard Mortimer is an inspired organist, but can not play without sheet music. Will they find the music in time? Who exactly is Richard Mortimer and what is he hiding from? I thought this book was just as delightful as last years story. I love the cozy mystery as well as the romance that sparks between a few different characters. The romance is light like a Jane Austen novel. The narrator, Helen Lloyd, has the perfect pleasant voice with a light English accent that brings the characters and story to life. Her voice is Lady Osbaldestone to me. Overall, Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols is a wonderful Christmas regency romance with great characters, mystery, and story. This review was first published on my blog at: https://lauragerold.blogspot.com/2019...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    In this 2nd charming addition to Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles, it is 1811 and we are back in Little Mosley at Christmas. Her grandchildren insisted on returning for the weeks prior to the holiday so that they could enjoy all the village's holiday traditions once again. Also joining them this year is their 14 year old cousin Melissa who is going through a very surly and awkward stage of adolescence. Of course she's been shipped off to grandma for that formidable lady to take her in ha In this 2nd charming addition to Lady Osbaldestone's Christmas Chronicles, it is 1811 and we are back in Little Mosley at Christmas. Her grandchildren insisted on returning for the weeks prior to the holiday so that they could enjoy all the village's holiday traditions once again. Also joining them this year is their 14 year old cousin Melissa who is going through a very surly and awkward stage of adolescence. Of course she's been shipped off to grandma for that formidable lady to take her in hand and work miracles. Alas! The village has misplaced its book of Christmas Carols, jeopardizing one of the highlights of the holiday season, the annual Carol Service at the church. Our intrepid band of cousins goes on the search, along the way helping foster a lovely romance between the somewhat mysterious church organist and a lovely visiting harpist, and leading to both a gain in confidence and the first gentle blush of sweet romance for Melissa. This story is told mostly from the children's POV, and as a result is quite sweet - not even a hint of steamy sex! Some of the plot points are a stretch, but that's also part of the charm. I look forward to future visits to Little Mosley.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leyla Caldwell

    Full disclosure. I love Stephanie Laurens. She is, by far, my favorite author. Having said that, this is one book I would happily recommend to anyone (primarily female, it is a romance) over the age of 10. That cannot be said for the majority of Ms Laurens' books. Lady Osbaldestone is at her Dower House and three of her grandchildren show up to spend two weeks with her prior to the entire family meeting at another house at Christmas. The day after the three kids arrive, one of her older granddaug Full disclosure. I love Stephanie Laurens. She is, by far, my favorite author. Having said that, this is one book I would happily recommend to anyone (primarily female, it is a romance) over the age of 10. That cannot be said for the majority of Ms Laurens' books. Lady Osbaldestone is at her Dower House and three of her grandchildren show up to spend two weeks with her prior to the entire family meeting at another house at Christmas. The day after the three kids arrive, one of her older granddaughters arrives, and she joins the group. Games and snow play aside, the kids need more to entertain themselves, and they discover that the Book of Carols at the church is missing. The very gifted organist is beside himself - as beautifully as he plays, he cannot play without music sheets - that's not how his brain works. Lady O is convinced the organist is a gentleman and she is frustrated at not being able to place him within the Ton- she is a Grande Dame of the Ton. The children eagerly begin a house to house search for the Book of Carols. Light romance, search for a missing book, and lots of family love- this is a heartwarming book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Merrilyn

    A Delightful Series for All Ages I am enjoying this series about Therese, Lady Obaldestone whose grandchildren come to visit her for 3 Weeks before Christmas. Three of them, Jamie, George and Lottie had been with her the year before when their father had been quarantined with the mumps. It was a new experience being responsible for children as her own children had been raised by nurses, nannies and governesses due to their parents involvement with the foreign service. It turned out to be enjoyabl A Delightful Series for All Ages I am enjoying this series about Therese, Lady Obaldestone whose grandchildren come to visit her for 3 Weeks before Christmas. Three of them, Jamie, George and Lottie had been with her the year before when their father had been quarantined with the mumps. It was a new experience being responsible for children as her own children had been raised by nurses, nannies and governesses due to their parents involvement with the foreign service. It turned out to be enjoyable for all of them, so much so that the children insisted that they visit their grandmother again. Another surprise was that Melissa, her 15-year old granddaughter showed up with a note from her mother asking her if it would be okay if she could stay with her grandmother for the next couple of weeks. Of course, she welcomed Melissa to her home in Little Mosely as their were good times to come. I recommend this to readers of all ages as it has a mystery to solve, a Christmas Pageant and Christmas Carol Concert to put on and a bit of romance, but with only one kiss in it. Enjoy!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marti

    Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols is a quick Christmas read by Stephanie Laurens. While the book focuses on Lady Osbaldestone’s grandchildren, her characteristic wit and matchmaking is also an element. Lady Osbaldestone is at her home in a small village when three of her grandchildren show up unexpectedly. Since the three spent a similar amount of time with her last year, she is lets them stay only to have another grandchild show up out of the blue sent by her mother. With the c Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols is a quick Christmas read by Stephanie Laurens. While the book focuses on Lady Osbaldestone’s grandchildren, her characteristic wit and matchmaking is also an element. Lady Osbaldestone is at her home in a small village when three of her grandchildren show up unexpectedly. Since the three spent a similar amount of time with her last year, she is lets them stay only to have another grandchild show up out of the blue sent by her mother. With the cousins already there, Lady Osbaldestone allows the days before the holiday will be busy. The children join a special chorus as does a couple of other children of the ton do and while solving a mystery, many connections are made. The story was a fun read. I love how the the children/ teens band together to help solve a mystery. I love the music and the focus on giving back was highlighted within the novel. Lady Osbaldestone and the Missing Christmas Carols by Stephanie Laurens was a happy, holiday read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    There wasn't enough Christmas description (the story could have been set at any time and there would have been few changes to make) to get me in the spirit and the most interesting part of the mystery was resolved in just a few pages. There was way too much searching every house in the village to find the carols without too much of much else. Rather than having a romantic small village at Christmas feel like the first book in the series, the feeling I got from this entry was a grating sense of t There wasn't enough Christmas description (the story could have been set at any time and there would have been few changes to make) to get me in the spirit and the most interesting part of the mystery was resolved in just a few pages. There was way too much searching every house in the village to find the carols without too much of much else. Rather than having a romantic small village at Christmas feel like the first book in the series, the feeling I got from this entry was a grating sense of the entitled elite having no problems and being waited on by the lower classes who had to drop everything for no good reason. I did have a long break between starting and finishing the book (had to return it and wait to get it again), which usually makes weak books much worse. I will still read the next book in the series; hopefully this was just a fluke and Laurens will return with the Christmas spirit for with the next installment.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Lady O finds her grandchildren on her Little Mosely doorstep for a second year in a row at Christmas, only this time at their insistence! To keep them entertained, she sets out to find some project or village mystery for them to solve. How fortunate is it that there is a new gifted organ master at the church who must have sheet music to perform, but alas! The book of carols has gone missing! Into this very mild adventure is dropped another granddaughter, this time a moody teen dropped on grandma Lady O finds her grandchildren on her Little Mosely doorstep for a second year in a row at Christmas, only this time at their insistence! To keep them entertained, she sets out to find some project or village mystery for them to solve. How fortunate is it that there is a new gifted organ master at the church who must have sheet music to perform, but alas! The book of carols has gone missing! Into this very mild adventure is dropped another granddaughter, this time a moody teen dropped on grandmama's doorstep for some shaping up. Charming, all about location, period, and characters rather than plot, this was a lovely re-read in the dog days of August. I particularly liked the brief epilogue on this one which oh too briefly has you with Lady O and her daughters, the mothers of those grandchildren. This time I listened to the audio read by the superb Helen Lloyd who is perfect for this series.

  18. 4 out of 5

    KateNZ

    The fun second instalment of what’s obviously intended as a Christmas series. Lady Osbaldestone is back with the cast of characters from last year’s ‘Christmas Goose’ story and a few newcomers besides. I enjoyed reading it but it didn’t quite match up to the original, until the last quarter of the book when there’s a little more action and various ideas take on a clearer shape. Lady Osbaldestone herself takes rather more of a back seat in this episode, which is a shame but she comes satisfyingly The fun second instalment of what’s obviously intended as a Christmas series. Lady Osbaldestone is back with the cast of characters from last year’s ‘Christmas Goose’ story and a few newcomers besides. I enjoyed reading it but it didn’t quite match up to the original, until the last quarter of the book when there’s a little more action and various ideas take on a clearer shape. Lady Osbaldestone herself takes rather more of a back seat in this episode, which is a shame but she comes satisfyingly into her own towards the end. The premise - a hunt for a book of carols which has gone missing - is a little thin to carry the weight of the action (it gets rather repetitive) but there’s some nice character development along the way. Forget about plausibility - just go with the ride. So much better than Stephanie Laurens’ usual fare. I’m definitely in for next year’s episode!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lois Zollars

    Loved This Book of Christmas Cheer!!! I so enjoyed the pure sweetness of the first novel in this series, but after having read this book about the missing book of Christmas carols and hymns, I was thoroughly enchanted!!! I could totally relate to this story as I am the Music Director of my church, so I know how much effort goes into the preparation for the Christmas Season! It was a pleasure to meet a new addition to the grandchildren in this story- Melissa. Quite the young lady who enjoyed solvi Loved This Book of Christmas Cheer!!! I so enjoyed the pure sweetness of the first novel in this series, but after having read this book about the missing book of Christmas carols and hymns, I was thoroughly enchanted!!! I could totally relate to this story as I am the Music Director of my church, so I know how much effort goes into the preparation for the Christmas Season! It was a pleasure to meet a new addition to the grandchildren in this story- Melissa. Quite the young lady who enjoyed solving a mystery just as much as her three younger cousins. This story would make a wonderful Christmas tradition to read each year for me; The Spirit of Christmas lies within the pages of this story!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jessi

    Once again, Lady Osbaldestone's three grandchildren are joining her for a village Christmas. They had so much fun last year that they begged to come back. This year, her granddaughter Melissa (a cousin of the original three) is also there. Her older sister was invited to a house party but Melissa has hit her teen years hard and her mother is scared to take her. Therese decides to do what she does best. Meddle but only from a distance and only when she should. This year, there is a new organist wh Once again, Lady Osbaldestone's three grandchildren are joining her for a village Christmas. They had so much fun last year that they begged to come back. This year, her granddaughter Melissa (a cousin of the original three) is also there. Her older sister was invited to a house party but Melissa has hit her teen years hard and her mother is scared to take her. Therese decides to do what she does best. Meddle but only from a distance and only when she should. This year, there is a new organist who has a mysterious past. There is also a female visitor to the village. One who knows her own worth and is ready to wait for the right husband. Again, Laurens-light. Not super-complicated but not a lot of depth either.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn

    This series just keeps a smile on my face. I am listening while swimming and sometimes just laugh out loud. The characters are adorable. Christmas stories are not my usual reads, as I am Jewish, but these are just so sweet. The village of Little Moseley is the setting, Lady Osbaldstone and her grandchildren are the main characters. James 11, George 9, and Lottie 6 are joined this year by their cousin Melissa 14. The mystery is, where is the Christmas Carole music book, which the organist needs f This series just keeps a smile on my face. I am listening while swimming and sometimes just laugh out loud. The characters are adorable. Christmas stories are not my usual reads, as I am Jewish, but these are just so sweet. The village of Little Moseley is the setting, Lady Osbaldstone and her grandchildren are the main characters. James 11, George 9, and Lottie 6 are joined this year by their cousin Melissa 14. The mystery is, where is the Christmas Carole music book, which the organist needs for the service. The search includes all the characters from the previous book, plus match making and a character using an alias. The life of the village is so well illustrated that it just makes me happy.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becky Tatar

    Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren are again visiting for Christmas, James, George, and Lottie at their own request, and Melissa because there is nowhere for her to go for a few weeks. They plunge right into the problem of the missing Christmas carol book at the church, because, while the current organist is amazing, he has to have the music to play for the Christmas carol service. Along the way, you see how the young children are being brought up to know their responsibilities and obligations of Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren are again visiting for Christmas, James, George, and Lottie at their own request, and Melissa because there is nowhere for her to go for a few weeks. They plunge right into the problem of the missing Christmas carol book at the church, because, while the current organist is amazing, he has to have the music to play for the Christmas carol service. Along the way, you see how the young children are being brought up to know their responsibilities and obligations of their rank. Melissa is the question - she's 14, and going through the normal problems of a 14 year old.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette

    This story is just as good as the first in this series. At first I couldn’t quite see how looking for a book of carols could be enough of a mystery to solve, but it was. The addition of the true identity of the new organist, forgetful characters who couldn’t remember when and where they’d had the book of carols, a tight deadline and a budding romance filled the story quite nicely. The four grandchildren of Lady Osbaldestone shared their talents and enthusiasm to the Christmas celebrations and the This story is just as good as the first in this series. At first I couldn’t quite see how looking for a book of carols could be enough of a mystery to solve, but it was. The addition of the true identity of the new organist, forgetful characters who couldn’t remember when and where they’d had the book of carols, a tight deadline and a budding romance filled the story quite nicely. The four grandchildren of Lady Osbaldestone shared their talents and enthusiasm to the Christmas celebrations and the book hunt. A lovely story to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie Eichelberger-Ford

    Lady Osbaldestone and The Missing Christmas Carols is the second adventure but is also a stand alone story. Lady O's grandchildren return to spend time with her prior to Christmas along with an additional granddaughter who is moody. The mystery this year is the Christmas Carol book belonging to the church and without it, the annual celebration can't take place. The children launch a search and also assist in playing matchmaker to the new church organist and a young lady staying with her aunt and Lady Osbaldestone and The Missing Christmas Carols is the second adventure but is also a stand alone story. Lady O's grandchildren return to spend time with her prior to Christmas along with an additional granddaughter who is moody. The mystery this year is the Christmas Carol book belonging to the church and without it, the annual celebration can't take place. The children launch a search and also assist in playing matchmaker to the new church organist and a young lady staying with her aunt and uncle. This is a fun, spirit lifting, adventurous story that is full of laughs. Great story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Readerkuna1

    I really liked that books. I love Lady Osbaldestone and her grandchildren. They are great characters. I like how they work together to find what they are looking for. This one they must find the book of Christmas carols. They go place to place to find who have the book and where it might be. We meet Melissa an older grand-daugther. They to all they can and they practice for their part in the Christmas carol service. All goes well as they find the book. I love the cute series and will read more.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Another great read in this series This is the second story in this offshoot of the Cynster books. Lady Osbaldestone is visited by her grandchildren just before christmas who amuse themselves by solving a problem in the village. Also thrown in is a little romance help with a little matching making and the village celebration. It is a great amusing read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leslie Hickman

    Christmas charm It started off slowly, but it moves I to a fun and happy story within the village. Showing what charm most people think of the quintessential English country village, the appearance of close community ties and everyone knowing everything about each other, but also with joy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Golden

    Another Christmas mystery I must admit that I love this author's books. This one was no exception. The characters were well written & even included some from the previous Lady Osbaldestone book. It was refreshing to read of Christmas so long ago, which Ms. Laurens writes so well. A delightful trip to the past & a delightful read that I give 5 stars. Another Christmas mystery I must admit that I love this author's books. This one was no exception. The characters were well written & even included some from the previous Lady Osbaldestone book. It was refreshing to read of Christmas so long ago, which Ms. Laurens writes so well. A delightful trip to the past & a delightful read that I give 5 stars.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Diana Brown

    2 1/2 stars A light cute fluffy romance; not really the mystery I thought it was going to be. I doubt I will read any more of the series. This was my pick for sisters book club and when I realized it was book 2 I thought we could read both books ... Bev did but I just couldn’t get through this one in time. A first for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    So charming and delightful. Back again to Little Moseley and another Christmas of wholesome good cheer. Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren turn up again, and she's wondering how to entertain them. Last year, the mystery of the missing geese was quite suitable to keep the kids busy, and there must be some sort of mystery in the village to occupy them this year. Lady Osbaldestone is pondering this when another carriage rolls up and her emo teenage niece steps out with a note from her mother, explai So charming and delightful. Back again to Little Moseley and another Christmas of wholesome good cheer. Lady Osbaldestone's grandchildren turn up again, and she's wondering how to entertain them. Last year, the mystery of the missing geese was quite suitable to keep the kids busy, and there must be some sort of mystery in the village to occupy them this year. Lady Osbaldestone is pondering this when another carriage rolls up and her emo teenage niece steps out with a note from her mother, explaining that she's in an awkward, goth phase and mooching around at home before Christmas isn't helping. With all that, Lady Osbaldestone takes the grandchildren on a visit to the vicarage where it turns out: The town's book of Christmas carols is missing! And the organist has a hang up about sight reading. This is entirely the sort of G-rated mystery Lady Osbaldestone was looking for! Much time is spent interviewing the various citizens of Little Moseley who may have borrowed the book over the last few months. It goes on a bit here, but it's still nice. Meanwhile, the organist invites the grandchildren to form a special guest choir for the carol service and Lady Osbaldestone and her granddaughters contrive to match the organist with the only young single woman in town. It is, indeed, a lovely Christmas ending with chestnuts and cocoa and warm fireplaces and such things. Highly recommend. Will read #3 next Christmas.

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