(Carols and Chaos) [E–pub] ☆ Cindy Anstey

Carols and ChaosI ve retty much adored all of Cindy Anstey s revious works and this book was no exception I wish I d realized that this was a companion to Suitors and Sabotage though so I could have re read that book first and refamiliarized myself with the lords and ladies above stairs before setting out to solve this caper with characters from below stairs This was a sweet romance full of cheer while also maintaining and air of mystery and while it wasn t the most compelling full of Yuletide while also maintaining and air of mystery and while it wasn t the most compelling Anstey s books thus far I still found it charming A lovely read for this time of year Kate Darby is looking forward to Christmas of 1817 Shackleford Park is hosting visitors both upstairs and down and they are also hosting a dinner for the staff and their families Kate has much to do and falling in love is not on the agenda but Mr Ernest and Ben Steeple bring along their footman Johnny and handsome valet Matt Harlow Matt really liked Kate when they met before and is eager to renew their acuaintance A romance is frowned upon in Shackleford Park and *Matt Also Has Plans *also has lans the future Matt s friend Johnny is eager to impress Camille LaPierre a ladies maid but he lacks money to buy her little sisters a gift When he sells his worthless ring and receives only counterfeit coins in return Johnny is furious He s determined to find the man who cheated him and get his ring back The villagers don t take kindly to strangers asking uestions but Johnny insists When he fails to return home Matt is worried Everyone else assumes Johnny is sleeping off a hangover somewhere but Matt thinks his formerly wayward friend has reformed The longer Johnny is gone the Matt worries Only Kate believes him and together they set out to find the missing footmanThe first third of this book is really slow and failed to capture my attention I didn t know the characters from Suitors and Sabotage and I really didn t buy into the romance Why does Matt like Kate so much before they even meet again and why does she I ve been a fan of all of Cindy s books so I was eager to get to this one I liked Kate and Matt They re both good and loyal eople I loved the ride in their jobs and ambition for There are a lot a lot a lot of other characters in this story and it took me a minute to realize it was a sort of continuation of the revious book Plot wise it was sort of a mess For me there were too many. A lady's maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure1817 The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force but lady's maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice Moving arts too many repetitive scenes and not nearly enough dialogue When Kate are Matt are together and talking the stor Rating 4 StarsI expected this book to be a cutesy light read with all the mushy sappy feels but I did not expect it to have less mush and thrills and dramaticsWill review just need to catch up on it to have less mush and thrills and dramaticsWill review just need to catch up on other reviews before returning to this one When I was looking for a holiday listen I was tickled to see this offered and jumped at the chance for a suspenseful dip into the Regency world below stairs during Yuletide The gentry are about their revels and so are the servants until a footman goes missing and a fake coin turns up in the nearby market townCarols and Chaos turned out to be a follow up companion novel to Suitors and Sabotage though now the story heads below stairs for a valet and lady s maid to get their own romantic adventure It robably would have had meaning if I d listened to the first book but this one w Mini review Minor spoilersDNFTrigger Warning None till the Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings point I readI have read the author s debut and enjoyed it I was excited to dive into another book by this author Unfortunately I didn t enjoy itThe beginning really confused me For some reason I thought she ran into an employee and not an actual bull The humor wasn t funny either I simply lost interestI do recommend This was aersonal thing and I have a feeling other s will enjoy it DNF at 50%Honestly I just couldn t care less for these characters and I was super bored even through listening to the audiobook so byeeeeeeee For my fellow Downton Abbey and Jane Austen enthusiasts I could not think of a This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life perfect book to get you into the holiday spirit CAROLS AND CHAOS is an absolutely charming story with characters you ll fall madly in love with and a delicious sprinkling of mystery and adventure Reading this book immediately took me back to all of those hours binge watching Downton Abbey gah I loved that show I love the upstairsdownstairs drama At the same time it reminded me of Pride and Prejudice specifically the Austen era which I also love and so I uickly became engrossed in this sweet storyThe characters are varied and fantastic Kate is strong willed determined and unperturbed by most of the things thrown her way and Matt is the epitome of a true English gentlemanTheir fastaced romance is full of fun and flirtation but entan. Etween her household duties caring for her ailing mother and saving up money to someday own a dress shop her hands are uite full Matt Harlow is also rather busy He's erforming double duty acting as valet for both of the Steeple brothers two of the estate's holiday guests Falling in love wou.

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Gled with elements of drama and danger that keep the lot intriguing and moving forward Carols and Chaos is a sweet lighthearted Christmas read keep the lot intriguing and moving forward Carols and Chaos is a sweet lighthearted Christmas read is erfect for fans of Downton Abbey and Austen novels As an aside After reading this book I noticed that it s a spin off from one of the author s other books Suitors and Sabotage but I didn t at any oint feel as
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I d anything by not reading it so I m happy to say that this can be read as a standalone I say that this can be read as a standalone I read Love Lies and Spies I know it was a completely different book but that was such a hooking story and narration The amount of love going there was something that gets me to this day That was why I was hoping for huge improvements over Carols and Chaos Carols and Chaos tells the story of a lady s maid and a valet getting tangled to a coin counterfeiting It sounds seriously engaging And swoon worthyHoweverI can t help but cringe a lot and feel mortified for the events that just happened here The beginning seemingly was not that engaging at all The narration was tolerable And as it goes it diminished but halfway through it became staggeredThe dialogue was what made me feel embarrassed I read through and between the lines I see that there is a strong chemistry that isn t forced upon But whenever they open their mouth and goes on banter with each other I couldn t brush off the feeling of forcing it way too muchEspecially when they were getting close in their hunt for the culprit and when they are interacting with the culprit I can only take much I wanted to abandon it And ick up another romance read The interacting among these gentlemen and lady was horrid It was unnatural and contrived The setting was exceptional I love that is set out in the ast in an older time I get to see and feel these laces of how it was then And that it gives a romantic touch I like that aspect of it There is an undeniable chemistry between the two lovebirds and I love the ending and the ending alone It was worth swooning over however the thing I mentioned above happened I hope that there were changes that had gone through with the finished copy I received a complimentary copy through NetGalley All views and opinions are my own and don t necessarily reflect the author the author s work the Zheng Guogu publisher nor any other group ofeople nor receive any monetary compensation for doing this revie. Ld be a disaster for either of them But staving off their feelings for each other becomes the least of their roblems when a devious counterfeiting scheme reaches the gates of Shackleford Park and Kate and Matt are unwittingly swept up in the intrigue A companion book to Suitors and Sabotage.