- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Ballantine Books; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (Oct. 25 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345524632
- ISBN-13: 978-0345524638
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.4 x 19.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #425,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Christmas Homecoming: A Novel Hardcover – Deckle Edge, Oct 25 2011
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Praise for the Christmas novels of Anne Perry
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 nostalgia.”—The Washington Times
A Christmas Grace
“[A] heartwarming, if crime-tinged, complement to the holiday season.”—Booklist
A Christmas Beginning
“Intriguing . . . Perry’s use of period detail is, as always, strong and evocative.”—The Seattle Times
A Christmas Secret
“A delightful little book . . . Perry’s gift is that she can evoke a sense of place and time while still producing the thrills and chills expected of a modern-day mystery writer.”—The Orlando Sentinel
About the Author
Anne Perry is the bestselling author of eight earlier holiday novels—A Christmas Odyssey, A Christmas Promise, A Christmas Grace, A Christmas Journey, A Christmas Visitor, A Christmas Guest, A Christmas Secret, and A Christmas Beginning—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.
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The pacing throughout was a bit slow, which is why I've reduced my rating to four stars (technically, I'd give it 4.5) since despite my interest, found the slow moving story lagging at times. Although the appearance of Mr Ballin, the mysterious stranger that disarranges the lives of the players for good or worse, was not only a shot in the arm for this book, he is an intriguing, likeable and vivid character who came alive on the page. After his arrival, 'A Christmas Homecoming' only gets more atmospheric, thought provoking - and honestly while not always done in the style of a traditional mystery, I did not mind the deviations from the genre at all. Perry utilizes the theme of Christmas time not in your average way - there are no traditional Victorian celebrations of the season in here. Instead, she forces the reader to think along with the characters and from that I took away more than just an enjoyable story.
The climax was short, yes, but somehow it managed to be all the more powerful for that. When I'd read the last line and closed this book, I shivered. This was a provocative read, well written, and I always do appreciate Perry's gift for imposing the reader in the 19th century. An excellent novella, and very highly recommended. In fact, I finished this last night and am already trying to loan my copy to anyone willing to read it!
I have enjoyed her previous Christmas Stories and of course her
continuing series of Victorian Mysteries featuring Charlotte and Thomas Pitt and William Monk.
In this book I feel she was taking advantage of the success of the vampire books by creating
a credible plot but the resolution was contrived.
The descriptive narration was vintage Perry and the story built the predictable suspense of the "Who done It"
which made the resolution seem even more trite.
I could not recommend it.
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