Anne Perry's vastly entertaining ( The Star-Ledger ) holiday vels are as delicious as mince pie and plum pudding (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ). A Christmas Hope is just as delectable--the gripping story of an unforgettable battle between goodness and evil in Victorian London--and a lonely woman's search for meaning in her life. Although she lacks for thing, Claudine Burroughs dreads the holiday season for forcing her to face how empty her life has become. She longer expects closeness with her coldly ambitious husband, and she has thing in common with their circle of wealthy, status-minded friends. The only time she is remotely happy is when she volunteers at a woman's clinic--a job her husband strongly disapproves of. Then, at a glittering yuletide gala, she meets the charming poet Dai Tregarron and finds her spirits lifted. But scarcely an hour later, the charismatic Dai is enmeshed in a nightmare--accused of killing a young streetwalker who had been smuggled into the party. Even though she suspects that an upper-class clique is quickly closing ranks to protect the real killer, Claudine vows to do her utmost for Dai. But it seems that hypocritical London society would rather send an incent poet to the gallows than expose the shocking truth about one of their own. Nevertheless, it's the season of miracles and Claudine finally sees a glimmer of hope--t only for Dai but for a young woman she befriends who is teetering on the brink of a lifetime of unhappiness. Anne Perry's heartwarming new holiday vel is a celebration of courage, faith, and love for all seasons. PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTMAS NOVELS OF ANNE PERRY Perry's Victorian-era holiday mysteries . . . are for many an annual treat. -- The Wall Street Journal A Christmas Garland In Anne Perry's gifted hands, the puzzle plays out brilliantly. --Greensboro News & Record A Christmas Homecoming Could have been devised by Agatha Christie . . . [Perry is] a modern master. --Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A Christmas Odyssey [Perry] writes with detail that invades the senses. --Lincoln Journal Star A Christmas Promise Poignant . . . should be on the Christmas stocking list of anyone who likes a sniffle of stalgia. --The Washington Times A Christmas Grace [A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season. -- Booklist
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of ten earlier holiday novels-- A Christmas Garland, A Christmas Homecoming, A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Beginning, A Christmas Secret, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Visitor, and A Christmas Journey --as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England, five World War I novels, and a work of historical fiction, The Sheen on the Silk. Anne Perry lives in Scotland.