Review: A New York Christmas by Anne Perry

Review: A New York Christmas by Anne PerryA New York Christmas by Anne Perry

Series: #12 Christmas Stories
Genres: Historical Romance, Holiday Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Ballantine Books on November 7, 2014
Pages: 177
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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four-stars  

It was a heartwarming ‘choked up’ feeling to sit down and crack open the story of a young lady that I have known since she was born- in fiction land that is. Jemima Pitt is the grown daughter of the two main characters of the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt historical mystery series. I have been following that series from book one through book thirty with Jemima quietly in the background growing up and apparently getting the best that both parents have to offer when it comes to personality and character.

Jemima’s story is part of the author’s unique and delightful Christmas story series in which she takes a side character from the main series and makes him or her the main character in their own little mystery set during the Victorian Christmas time. In Jemima’s case, her story takes her out of England and all the way to turn of the century New York.

Jemima is twenty-three and ripe for adventure. She is accompanying a younger girl as her companion to the girl’s wedding. Both the families are wealthy and part of a business partnership. Phinnie is marrying into one of the most powerful families in NYC. Jemima experiences a few twinges of envy for Phinnie’s happiness, but she is shrewd enough not to envy the girl her circumstances. Jemima wants what her parents have- a love that defied class, financial circumstances and even family when necessary. Her parents are friends and partners with respect to go along with a deep passionate love. So even if it means standing by watching other, younger girls get their matches, she is resolved to do so.

After they arrive in New York and settle in with the family of Phinnie’s fiancé’, the older brother of the groom, Harley, makes an unusual request of Jemima. He is worried that Phinnie’s disgraced mother who left Phinnie and her father when Phinnie was only two years old might try to crash the big society wedding bringing disaster on the family and Phinnie. Jemima agrees to help search using knowledge she has learned from listening to her father talk about his police work over the years. Unfortunately, the search brings Jemima more trouble than she bargained for and she now only has a few short days to prove herself innocent of a murder. With a bit of Christmas hope, determination and the help of a young police officer, she races against the clock to prove her innocence and find the real culprit while maybe getting exactly the Christmas gift she needed.

This was engaging from cover to cover. I loved the characters, the plotting, the twists, the glimpses of turn of the century NYC, and the little romance snuck in for good measure. As with many of these Christmas novellas, I was so vested in the story that I was bummed to have them end. I could have used a few more pages so the ending didn’t feel so abrupt, but really, that’s not exactly what I want. Okay, I really want more Jemima stories now and I would love the follow up with her parents after her big NYC adventure and the changes it will bring to Jemima.

All in all, heartwarming, exciting and engaging new installment to the Christmas Stories series. It could standalone or be read out of order with its chronological place in the Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, but it would be my recommendation not to read it until after Death on Black Heath is read due to a couple mild spoilers. These are recommended for those who enjoy authentically historical and mild on the romance Historical Mysteries or Historical Romantic suspense with a detecting pair for the hero and heroine.

My thanks to Net Galley for the opportunity to read this story in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • Oh that is such a neat way to do a Christmas series. I love that. Can totally see how it would choke you up after seeing her for so long as she grew up.

    • I have been reading this series for like 20 years and she started the Christmas books about half-way along. I was so thrilled and thought she had a super good idea. She doesn’t distinguish between side-characters the readers really like and the ones the readers find annoying. The crotchety grandmother solving a murder was probably one of my favorites. I didn’t like her before her Christmas book. Now I tolerate her. But yes, having Jemima as an adult solving her own mystery and finding her own romance was so sweet.

  • Ooo I would adore this, and I am such a sucker for a holiday themed read, and when you mix in historical fiction, romance and mystery..gads I want this one Sophia!

    • It was a delight, Kimba, and I love all that about them too. The whole Christmas series has been good stuff. If you go for it, though there will be mentions of characters from the main series though they don’t have anything to do with the main plot. Hope you like it.