By Anne Perry
Anne Perry - A Christmas Odyssey
Christmas tale sequence, ebook 8
In her cherished Christmas novels, Anne Perry brings readers either the actual Victorian allure and the nail-biting suspense that experience made her Thomas Pitt and William Monk stories bestsellers for a iteration. even though rife with intrigue, those distinct seasonal tales beam with the blessed gentle of the holiday.
Ten days prior to Christmas, as an icy wind cuts via London, filthy rich James Wentworth feels now not pleasure yet grief. His reckless son, Lucien, has been lured right into a lethal global of substances and wild ardour. Wentworth's merely desire, he believes, is his previous pal Henry Rathbone, who volunteers to go looking for the prodigal son. Rathbone understands not anything of the sensation-obsessed underworld the place Lucien now dwells, yet he acquires unforeseen new partners who do: Squeaky Robinson, a reformed brothel-keeper who now works in Hester Monk's scientific hospital, and Crow, a mysterious slum general practitioner who turns not anyone away, even if undeserving.
Slowly this atypical trio gathers clues--about Lucien's mad infatuation with a stunning lady named Sadie, and approximately Shadwell, the ruthless guy who owns her and, just like the satan, by no means shall we pass of 1 of his personal. Rathbone, Squeaky, and Crow even welcome into their little band a most dear recruit: younger Bessie, whose braveness holds quickly even within the depths of the slum. they usually set forth on their odyssey into London's darkish streets, on a venture whose end result they can't start to guess.
Anne Perry's novels are ideal masterpieces of suspense, and A Christmas Odyssey ranks with the superior. the times prime as much as Christmas might end up to be fraught with demanding situations, yet 'tis the season for convenience and pleasure and miracles.
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We eat a simple meal at nightbread, butter, sweet milk, and cheese," she told them. Carl ate heartily. His stomach was empty after a day without food. Oscar was eager to talk about Sweden and their family. " Oscar asked. "They are sad that the family must be separated, but they want the best for all of us," Carl told him. "Texas is a good place to live. You'll like it. Of course, it's different from Sweden," Oscar explained. Carl's head began to nod and his eyelids grew heavy as Oscar talked on.
Not so bad. " Christina laughed out loud. "Sounds wonderful. Maybe I could work there, too, and we could freeze together," she teased. "The factory doesn't hire women," Carl said flatly. "That's typical. There are no jobs for women in all of Sweden. " "Henning promised to buy your ticket when he earned the money," Carl reminded her. "That could be a year or two. I might be an old woman before I get to Texas. " "I don't think so," Carl consoled her. " "Yes, but waiting can be difficult. If there was only some way I could earn money, I could help.
Dizzy and nauseated, Carl lay back on his bed. He grabbed a can and vomited everything he'd eaten. Other immigrants also suffered from sea sickness. Carl held his head as the ship's rocking and foul odor made him sicker. He longed for his family and wondered if he'd ever see Texas. He felt as if he might die. Finally, toward morning, the sea calmed, and the ship stopped rocking. Carl no longer heard waves lashing against the sides of the ship. When he sat up, the dizziness was almost gone. Gradually, the nausea disappeared.