At last, the wait is over and the annual St Mary's Christmas romp has arrived and it was well worth the wait.
Max, Leon and Matthew are finally going to spend their first Christmas together. It has been particularly rough for them. Matthew kidnapped by Ronan and left in Victorian slums was finally rescued by his father. For Matthew years have passed whilst for Max it was only days. Instead of a baby she found herself with a small, untrusting boy who bore little resemblance to the baby that she loved and adored. .
However, it is Christmas, and what would Christmas at St Mary's be without a secret and illicit trip into the past as Max tries to regain her son's trust and love.
This has to be the best of all the short stories....though I suspect that I say this every year...It is certainly the most atmospheric as Jodi brings to life what life the characters and places described in her writings. A lovely edition to the series and if you don't have a little cry at the end I can only assume that you have no soul.
A bit trite, yes; a bit smaltzy, yes; yet another unrealistic 180 degree turn in the Max/Matthew relationship - this one slightly more realistic it must be said. All in all though, an enjoyable short story and a long awaited return to form after the last 2 full-length books. Here's hoping Matthew features less or the author learns how to write mother-child relationships realistically and then we'll be back to book 1 level perfection!
There are many Christmas traditions...trees, family, huge meal. But this is mine, a new short story downloaded at midnight to read on the day. Sod Santa, Jodi is much better and she keeps on giving throughout the year. In regards to this book and story, just wonderful and gave a warm feeling inside that had nothing to do with the cup of tea and chocolate fingers i just devoured X
Just too short! I loved it and particularIy Max channelling Nemesis. But I do feel somehow that something was lacking and the story should have had another strand to it. I re-read and decided to up my score because it was such a powerful and moving story. Yes it was Dicekensian - actually pre Dickensian - but the conditions were realties for many. And the character of Ma Scrope was brilliantly done. The happy ever after ending for the Scrope family was a bit harder to believe but it was Christmas and there has to be some ho-ho-ho somewhere.
I read this short story just after Christmas and have to admit I was near to tears at the end. Max dealt with the situation perfectly, despite her angry - and scary - outburst. I will not say anymore as I would not want to spoil this story for anyone. But it's another stonking story from Ms Taylor which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The only downside with a short story is, surprise surprise, that it is a short story! I would have loved more as I have been waiting for Christmas since , well last year! This story albeit a short one, gives us hope for a loving bond between mother and son after such a wait. And reminds us what the spirit of Christmas is all about. I wondered if Charles Dickens was hovering around with his ear to the ground... but I don't do poetry....Thank you Jodi for another cracker!
Lovely Christmas present. The usual illegal Christmas jump which, sadly, doesn't include Peterson and Markham, but does include Matthew, and - nothing goes wrong! I know, right? With a lovely, happy ending. This was really good - I do love Jodi Taylor's stories and this doesn't disappoint.
Absolutely loved it, as I do all Jodi Taylor's books, but I was hoping for a bit more about Leonl However reading more about Matthew was wonderfu. What a marvellus writer Jodi is, makes me cry and then smile happily in the space of just a couple of minutes. I can hardly wait for the next full length story I do hope Jodi has a wonderful Christmas, she has made it so wonderful for so many of us :)
Not so much a fanboy rant about the brevity of this book - it is a short story after all - but the whole thing feels underdone, like an idea sketched out but not explored in any depth. And there was plenty of scope for such expansion too....overall an opportunity missed.