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A Christmas Promise (Christmas Stories #7)

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  648 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Anne Perry’s Victorian Christmas novels have attracted as many faithful readers as her two New York Times bestselling series featuring investigators Thomas Pitt and William Monk. A Christmas Promise is the seventh in Perry’s holiday series, and it will surely bring joy to this special season.

Three days before Christmas, in the freezing slums of London’s East End, thirteen-
ebook, 208 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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☆ Ruth ☆
A comparatively short novel which started well. I was immediately drawn in to Anne Perry's initially evocative portrayal of victorian poverty in London's east end and was looking forward to a rich, well developed story. Unfortunately, it didn't deliver. The plot was confusing and stilted, the characters had no real depth and the ending was just... well it would have been much better suited to a children's book.
Gracie Phipps (age 13), running an errand for her grandmother in the streets of London just before Christmas in some Victorian year comes across Minnie Maude Mudway (age 8), who lives two streets over (and thus is “out of the neighborhood”), who is looking for Charlie, her uncle’s donkey, because Uncle Alf has been murdered and she is afraid Charlie will starve in the streets. Almost against her will, Gracie gets involved in helping Minnie find Charlie, a pursuit that introduces them and the rea ...more
Delightful tale of 2 young Victorian girls who meet by chance just days before Christmas. Wonderfully descriptive writing of the season, weather, dialogue, settings ~ all bring the reader into the story in depth and connection. Excellent character sketches and development even in this brief reading encounter. Human interest and plot that captivated this reader...
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Marine Sander
I really wanted to read a Christmas book this year, my cousin lent me “A Christmas Promise” a few weeks ago but I wanted to wait for Christmas. I started it on Christmas day and I was happy to read “The week before Christmas” on the first page. There was a real Christmas spirit in all the book but it was extremely difficult to read for me.

I love reading about England, especially the Victorian era, but I wasn’t expecting the dialogs written like it was pronounced at the time. For a French girl, i
This was a pleasant book to read. Not overly Christmassy, although it's set at Christmas. It's mainly a mystery as two young girls set out to find a lost donkey, and discover a bit more than they bargained for. It maybe got slightly melodramatic/sentimental in places. I think that was deliberate and controlled by Anne Perry because it suited the book's setting (19th century, around Whitechapel in London) and I think it added to the story rather than detracted (it's not often that I'm going to be ...more
Gracie Phipps while running an errand for her gran one day meets little Minnie Maude Mudway crying on a street corner.
Her Uncle Alf a rag and bone man has just died and the cart and Charlie the donkey has been stolen, the rest of her family either don't seem to care or have reasons of their own for ignoring it.
So starts an investigation by the intrepid pair to find at first Charlie the donkey and the rag and bone cart that leads them into danger, murder and drug rings.
Can they find out the truth
June Ahern
For the past few years I've read many of Anne Perry's 19th century mystery series and enjoyed them, some more than others like this one, A Christmas Frosts.

All of Ms. Perry's Christmas books are novelettes with no chapters, but one flowing story. She truly takes us back to a time, fashion, language, beliefs and lives so vividly, one can more than imagine life in mid to late 1880's in London.

This particular novelette answered a question of how Gracie Phillips, in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt ser
• Mlle Alice, pouvez-vous nous raconter votre rencontre avec Un Noël Plein d'Espoir?

"La lecture du conte de Noël annuel d'Anne Perry fait désormais parti de mes traditions de Noël au même titre qu'acheter les cadeaux ou faire le sapin... Un classique quoi!"

• Dites-nous en un peu plus sur son histoire...

"Ces petites histoires mettent généralement en scène un personnage secondaire d'une des séries d'Anne Perry et ici, ce n'est autre que Gracie Phipps, l'un de mes personnages favoris, que nous re
My book club read this book for our December read. I wasn't able to get this book at first, so I checked out Anne Perry's "A Christmas Journey", which I liked far better than this book. These were my first Anne Perry books, and I'm afraid to say that they will probably be my last. A Christmas Promise is the story of two young Victorian girls, Minnie Maude and Gracie, in London who are trying to discover how Minnie's uncle was killed and what happened to the Uncle's donkey who was pulling the unc ...more
Jess Swann
Bon, soyons clairs, ce n'est pas le meilleur Anne Perry que j'ai lu. Comme toujours pour ses "spécial Noel", le héros du livre est un personnage secondaire de l'une de ses deux séries. Cette fois c'est l'ennemi intime de Monk qui s'y colle. Le début est très prometteur, notamment parce qu'il explique une circonstance que Monk mentionne dans Une mer sans soleil au sujet de Runcorn que je croyais avoir raté. J'ai donc découvert qu'Anne Perry s'attend à ce qu'on lise AUSSI ses contes de Noel... Soi ...more
A Christmas Promise is the 7th book in the Christmas mystery series by Anne Perry. Each book in the series is a stand-alone story featuring a secondary character from the author's popular Thomas Pitt and William Monk Victorian mystery series.

A Christmas Promise features Gracie Phipps at age 13, before she came to work for Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. Gracie is living in London in 1883 with her Gran and young cousins Spike and Finn, after their parents' deaths. They have a hard life, without enough
A Christmas Promise continues Anne Perry's shorter holiday mystery series with the story of thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps and her new friend Minnie Maude Mudway. Gracie is running errands for her Gran when she runs across Minnie Maude--looking sad and lost. Minnie Maude is an eight-year-old girl on a mission to find Charlie, the beloved donkey that belonged to her Uncle Alf. Uncle Alf has just been found dead...apparently from a fall from his rag and bone cart. But the cart and Charlie have bo ...more
First Sentence: The week before Christmas, the smell and taste of it were in the air, a kind of excitement, an urgency about everything.

A few days before Christmas, 13-year-old Gracie Phillips comes across 8 year-old Minnie Maude Mudway standing in the cold. Her uncle, a rag and bone man, was found dead in the street with his cart and Charlie, the mule, missing. Gracie starts out by promising to help her find Charlie, but goes on to help her find out who killed her uncle.

Anne Perry’s Christmas b
On a raw December evening, just before Christmas, thirteen-year-old Gracie Phipps meets eight-year-old Minnie Maude whose uncle has just died under unusual circumstances and who is looking for her lost donkey, Charlie. Prompted by guilt after leaving the child to her lonely search, the next day Gracie offers to help Minnie Maude find Charlie and investigate Uncle Alf’s death. When they find their investigations going nowhere, Gracie approaches the mysterious Mr. Balthasar for help, and he comes ...more
Shirley Schwartz
I love Anne Perry's little Christmas novellas. In them we see some of the minor characters from both of her long-running series. In this one we have Caroline, Charlotte Pitt's intrepid mother. She and her husband Joshua are in Whitby, Yorkshire with some other members of Joshua's acting troupe. They are there to put on a private play from a script taken from the newly released Bram Stoker's Dracula. The year is 1897 and it's just a few days before Christmas. Things aren't going well with the reh ...more
About three days before Christmas Gracie Phipps stumbles upon Minnie Maude Mudway, an eight year old, all alone and wanting to find her friend Charlie. Gracie asks who Charlie is and Minnie tells her that he is a donkey who pulled a rag-and-bones cart for her uncle Alf. Uncle Alf is now dead and Minnie thinks he was killed. No matter what, Minnie is determined to find Charlie and Gracie decides to help her.

It seems uncle Alf had traded his regular path with another rag-and-bones man and in his
It is three days before Christmas and 13 year old Gracie Phipps meets eight year old, Minnie Maud Mudway who is searching for her uncle's lost donkey. Both girls live in poverty in Victorian London and speak with a cockney dialect. Minnie's Uncle Alf, a rag and bone man has been killed and his cart and donkey have disappeared. With the help of shop owner Mr. Balthasar (a Christmas wiseman?) the mystery is solved.
I previously read A Christmas Journey and enjoyed it. I felt this book is a real

Reads more like a book written for a juvenile audience -- a sweet story about two lovable characters from the Monk series. Gracie and Minnie Maude, the young maids of the Monk household, are featured and solve the mystery without assistance of Monk.
I'm not sure I'll finish this one. Normally, I enjoy this author's view of Victorian England, but in this case, the two main characters speak with a London (Cockney?) accent and the author has decided that this accent must be reflected in the text. For example, "He didn't go home," becomes "'E di'n't go 'ome." I find long passages of this sort of thing tedious and annoying. Besides, who is to say what is the "correct" form of English and what is dialect?

OK, I made it through and actually enjoyed
Dede Selplh
Fills in some blanks in the series!

I always wondered how Gracie came to be with the Pitts in the beginning. The story holds your attention and has a lovely ending.
This was a fun cozy Christmas book to read. Short and sweet and touching. A story of an unlikely friendship formed between two young girls who might've never met if it weren't for a mysterious death and a lost but beloved donkey. The story is well written makes you feel like you were there right at street level, freezing cold, although being in the middle of a Canadian winter it's not hard to imagine such cold. I didn't know the Gracie in the book was Gracie the main from the Pitt stories. I hav ...more
Debbie Maskus
Anne Perry does a wonderful job painting a picture of Victorian England. In this Christmas novella, the lower class of England as glimpsed though the characters of Gracie Phipps and Minnie Maude Mudway displays that the true Chrictmas spirit may be found anywhere. The story centers around the death of Minnie's uncle and the disappearance of the uncle's mule, Charlie. Minnie and Gracie search for Charlie, only to involve themselves in the opium trade. I enjoy reading these Christmas novellas to j ...more
The perfect audio book. Great reading with British accents.
Another one of the best entries in this series--although the Cockney dialect may take a while for your mind's ear to "hear," the story is charming. It features Gracie Phelps from one of Perry's mystery series and the mysterious Mr. Balthasar, whom I'd like to read more about! The book also made me think of the incredible abundance my family and I enjoy, and of the many people who would be amazed at what we are blessed with--time to make a donation to a worthy cause, even if it won't help little ...more
Audible read by Terrence Hardiman.
Nov 10, 2014 Amie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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This is the 7th in the series of Christmas novels written by Anne Perry and probably the last holiday novel of hers that I will read. A quite pleasant story revolving around 13 year old Gracie Phipps meeting 8 year old Minnie Maude Mudway (I know)and helping her look for her murdered uncle's donkey, Charlie in Victorian London just before Christmas. However, that being said, the plot was thin and unbelievable and the writing seemed as if it was completed quickly to meet the holiday publishing de ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Bonnie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Christmas
Recommended to Bonnie by: Anne Perry
A dear friend suggested an Anne Perry Christmas book to me. It's that OCD in me that makes me feel I have to finish everything I start, so here I am not reading just one this Christmas but all of this author's Christmas stories (I believe 8 total), even POST-Christmas. One left to read thank heavens. But actually each book has been worth reading, and always has a lesson/sermon on Christmas that has both been meaningful and thought provoking, if not poignant and steals a bit of your heart, this o ...more
Most of the historical fiction I've read by Perry deals with the upper or middle classes. This, however, is a Christmas story set around the lives of two young girls who live in poverty during Victorian England.

I enjoyed all the details of the period. Nobody does that better than Perry, but the dialogue was difficult. It was written in dialect and that made it hard to understand in some parts.

Still, if you like the historical Christmas stores by Perry, you'll probably like this one.
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Other Books in the Series

Christmas Stories (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • A Christmas Visitor (Christmas Stories, #2)
  • A Christmas Guest (Christmas Stories, #3)
  • A Christmas Secret (Christmas Stories, #4)
  • A Christmas Beginning (Christmas Stories, #5)
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