A Christmas Legacy is the ninetieth book in Anna Perry’s Christmas Stories series. I have read a couple of them before so when I saw the new one available on Netgalley, I jumped on the opportunity to request it. I was intrigued by the premise and the promise of an endearing Christmas mystery. And it didn’t sound a murder mystery either!
Gracie is the former maid of Charlotte and Thomas Pitt. She recently got married and thought she was going to settle down as a stay at home mother while her husband worked within the police force. That is until a good friend’s daughter shows up asking for her help. The home where she works has had things starting to disappear from the pantry and she is fearful she or another member of the staff will lose their jobs if this is not resolved quickly. Gracie agrees to take over the position temporarily until the mystery is solved and it isn’t too long before she realizes not everything is a well beneath the surface of the household.
What is going on behind the scenes is actually heartbreaking. The owners of the home have their elderly mother tucked away upstairs suffering from neglect. The items that were starting to become missing from the pantry were actually items that staff was bringing upstairs to help the woman. As someone who has spent many years working in the field of elder care and who hates seeing any type of neglect, this honestly broke my heart.
Anne Perry paints a picture of interesting many different characters. As a reader I found myself empathizing with all of them. Well, not all of them as it was hard to empathize with the two main characters who were neglecting their loved one. I mean, I understood that they may have been overwhelmed and as this is set during the Victorian era, there were not very many resources. I did not understand how they could just leave her alone with limited food and hygiene options. Especially when it was obvious that the staff was willing to provide assistance. So heartbreaking!
A Christmas Legacy is set during the holiday season and I enjoyed the way the Victorian household was being set up. The Victorian era is one of my favorites to read about and I love to immerse myself in these old houses and traditions. Overall, it was a quick read, and I don’t think you necessarily have to know the history of the characters to find yourself enjoying it.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**