• Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Goose

  • Lady Osbaldestone’s Christmas Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (810 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It's December 1810, and Lady Therese Osbaldestone is looking forward to her usual Christmas with her family at Winslow Abbey, her youngest daughter Celia's home. But then a carriage rolls up and disgorges Celia's three oldest children. Their father has contracted mumps, and their mother has sent the three - Jamie, George, and Lottie - to spend this Christmas with their grandmama in Little Moseley.

Therese has never had to manage small children, not even her own. She assumes the children will keep themselves amused but quickly learns that what amuses three inquisitive, curious, and confident youngsters isn't compatible with village peace. Just when it seems she will have to set her mind to inventing something, she and the children learn that with only 12 days to go before Christmas, the village flock of geese has vanished. The children are as mystified and as curious as Therese - and she seizes on the mystery as the perfect distraction for the three children as well as herself.

©2017 Stephanie Laurens (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Helen Lloyd, British actor and narrator, simply enchants with her delivery of this charming story.... Lloyd's portrayal of Lady O. is perfect, capturing her spine of steel and very soft heart. Her portrayals of the children, the young lords, and those working 'below stairs' are also spot-on. This is a true Christmas gift." (AudioFile)

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G-rated but fun and entertaining

Don’t go into this expecting the usual bodice-ripping Laurens novel, but with the expectation of a fun diversion. Kind of refreshing that she left her usual bag of overused adjectives at home and just told a good story.

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Utterly charming

Date: 1810 December
Chronology: set after The Promise in a Kiss; before Captain Jack’s Woman.
What an incredibly charming story set in the world of the Cynster’s England. I absolutely Love Lady O’s managing of her incredibly precocious Skelton grandchildren through their campaigns to find the missing geese and to match Christian and Eugenia.
Zero sex, some romance, super charming. Well worth the time and money.
Helen Lloyd’s narration works with a mature woman as the primary character. Her voice is pleasant, her pacing is excellent, and she has just enough character differentiation to make it work. Only wish she pronounced Cynster as Sin-ster NOT Sine-ster.
Listened at 1.3x speed.

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Love Stephanie's books

Great read. Stephanie's writing always holds your interest and keeps you right in the story. This is interesting to finally find out more about Lady Osbaldestone. She has always been a great character in all the Cynster books, now she is on her own. I wan not sure I would enjoy this as much as I did, but I was hooked from the start.

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Slow start but worth the wait

Not a typical romance but more of a heartwarming family friendly holiday story with some romance thrown in. Wholesome, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. When I first started it, it felt a bit plodding and slow. The great reviews led me to continue and I’m glad I did. All the setup payed off in the end.

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Gracious Grandmother and the Gone Geese

This is a most charming tale of a wealthy grandmother (Lady Osbaldestone) who unexpectedly has to board and entertain three of her grandchildren at Christmastime in the tiny village of Little Moseley. Everyone in the tiny town is looking forward to having their Christmas goose, but low and behold, the geese have flown, nowhere to be found. With time on her hands, Lady Osbaldestone decides that she and her trio of grands will try and solve the mystery of the missing flock. Their investigation leads them into the homes of their neighbors, who have some issues of their own (which Lady Osbaldestone also tackles with delight). These stories are so much fun! Clean, adventurous and absolutely great family fare!

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Fun little story. perfect for entertaining reading

A romance, with kids, an old lady, a charming village, a not so handsome hero and interesting life challenges.

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Light, humorous, and worth the read

This book had just a hint of mystery, romance, and strong characters that interwove in a delightful mix. I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was. To see all the characters blossom- from the children to the adults- makes me hurry to find the sequel 😊

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Loved it!

I was unsure, but the book was totally delightful. Heart warming Chrisrmas story. Thanks, Stephanie.

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An absolute delight!

This is a delightful Christmas story with a touch of romance, redemption and mystery to make a perfect holiday read. Enjoy!

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Loved it!

Fun book about life and learning, while enjoying the journey of living! Ready to listen to the next in the series!

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  • 12-14-21

Funny and heartwarming

A brilliant performance by the reader enhances a story that is both funny and heartwarming. It is a good listen if you feel in need of a cheerful escape from current gloom. It is a good, original story with well-drawn characters and a clear, straightforward style of writing that avoids the heavy-handed attempts at ‘Regency’ slang which only Georgette Heyer can convincingly carry off and which makes too many novels set in the period irritating to read. One anachronism grated slightly - Post Offices were not the centre of village life in 1810 as it was decades before the penny post made letter-writing accessible to any but the wealthy or professional classes. But it was not enough to spoil the pleasure this story and performance gives

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  • Sara
  • 01-04-22

Fanciful tale

Entertaining though not entirely believable. The narration is a bit lacking but overall a fanciful tale, good for light entertainment.

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  • Rannulf
  • 12-20-21

Easy to listen to. Feel good story

A wonderful story.
Set in 1810, its just a well written positive story. So unlike much of the modern stuff. I will be looking for more in the series.
Just the sort to listen to with older kids.

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  • Sara S
  • 12-04-21

Perfect!

Beautifully written, gentle, feel-good Christmas story with excellent narration. Perfect festive escapism ! Looking forward to the next episode .

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  • Terry
  • 09-22-21

Great Christmas story

loved this read, great story,great narration, I'm just starting the next in the series and looking forward to it

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  • The Book Worm!
  • 09-21-21

engaging

really enjoyed this engaging story , very well read. looking forward to the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-21

brilliant

what a wonderful book xx well written, well read, very well listened too xx 15 words needed lol

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  • Mary
  • 09-15-21

Thank You!

Very well writen! I really loved the way lady Osbaldelstone deals with her grandchildren when they unexpectedly show up at her home when their father comes down with the mumps. Those kids apple did not fall far from the tree. This was a fun read and entertaining story! I will certainly keep this book and can’t wait for more stories!

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  • Mo Bass
  • 08-08-21

Enjoyable

A delightful story of the festive season very well narrated. I don't enjoy Stephanie Lauren's generally but this book is an exception.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-27-18

Enjoyable Story

Not my usual read but really enjoyed listening to this. Disctiption excellent. Ideal read for a lazy evening in front of a fire.

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  • 07-12-19

The plan!

This lovely family Christmas held in a country village which Lady Osbaldestone inherited from an Aunt many years before. She was asked to look after her grandchildren due to their Father having got Mumps. Not knowing how she was going to entertain them, a mystery of the missing geese was exclaimed by the farmer who supplied the whole village with fare. So an adventure begins. This story also gives an insight into a 50 year old Lady Osbaldestone rather than the very old Lady referred to in the Cynster family stories.

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  • Anne
  • 02-22-22

Cute

Matchmaking at its best in the Georgette Heyer vein with cute story and believable characters well narrated

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  • Megan Lloyd
  • 11-30-21

Sweet, stocking filler

This is a charming Christmas themed story centred on of Stephanie Lauren’s recurring characters. There’s enough romance to satisfy the genre and while the mystery might seem a bit simp,e the various characters are interesting to keep up interest. The children in particular are sweet. The narrator Helen Lloyd is a female version of the great Simon Prebble. It’s an audio version of stocking filler.

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  • Beth Davies
  • 11-02-21

A pleasant tale

Just the thing when you want a gentle, stress free, pleasant listening experience. I plan to listen to the next one in the series.