A Christmas Homecoming

A Christmas Homecoming

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Among the brilliant array of Anne Perry's New York Times bestselling novels, her Christmas stories occupy perhaps the warmest spot in the hearts of readers. Each one is a masterpiece of suspense; each is alight with the true holiday spirit.

In A Christmas Homecoming, a familiar face from the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels--Charlotte's mother, Caroline--travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Whitby, the Yorkshire fishing village where Dracula the vampire first touched English soil in the sensational novel named after him. Joshua has arranged to produce a stage adaptation of Dracula by the daughter of Whitby millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday, but after the disastrous first read-through of her amateurish script, only the fact that the company is depending on Netheridge's financial backing for their spring tour keeps them at work. 

As tempers flare and wind and snow swirl around Netheridge's lonely hilltop mansion, a black-cloaked stranger emerges from the storm--an eerily opportune arrival, for this enigmatic figure, one Anton Ballin, turns out to be a theatrical genius. At the same time, a brooding evil makes itself felt. Instead of the theatrical triumph that Netheridge desired for his daughter, there is murder--shocking and terrifying.

Anne Perry's ninth Christmas novel keeps us poised on a razor's edge of suspense, hypnotized by a story in which the heartwarming power of goodness is challenged by the seductive power of inner darkness. In the end, A Christmas Homecoming lifts the spirit and rejoices the heart.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2011.
ISBN: 9780345524638
Characteristics: 212 p. ;,20 cm.

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Suzanne_Library
Jun 11, 2012

Not the best in this series. The moral/ethical dimension (always an interesting feature of Perry's Victorian novels) is pretty thin. However, I enjoyed getting to know Caroline (Charlotte's mother) better.

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gmafrieda
Mar 08, 2012

landing "sight"??

samdog123 Feb 21, 2012

Anne Perry writes one of these Christmas books each year and I always take the time to read them. This year, I got the title a bit late, but better late than never. I like the way the author takes characters from her other series titles and works them into these holiday stories. Always a quick, entertaining read.

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