Not only is it time to decorate the trees, trim the house, and get ready for Christmas entertaining…it is also time to stock up on a few good holiday reads and lots of great holiday music! Each year, I eagerly await the release of Anne Perry’s latest holiday mystery. Anne Perry is one of my favorite British authors and she has eleven bestselling holiday novels under her belt, as well as the William Monk series and the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series set in Victorian England. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City, rather than in England. Her newest tale is set in 1904 in New York City… “ a sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace”.
Each year, I savor these wonderful little mysteries and these reads have certainly become part my holiday traditions, as well as part of my “collected library” at Chestnut Cottage! Each of Perry’s novels capture the essence of the holiday spirit in a variety of ways, and I know that this newest one will not disappoint! This is one of the ways that I pamper myself at the holidays…alone with a cup of tea or a glass of champagne and Anne Perry. Not only can this new book be a lovely gift to yourself, it can also become part of your “collected library”. Or perhaps you might want to give this little treasure as a gift to someone on “your list”.
And while shopping for Perry’s newest holiday novel, I discovered a great new addition to my holiday music collection…
This double CD has 45 Christmas classics and features exclusive cast member performances from Elizabeth McGovern (Countess of Grantham) , Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake) and Jim Carter (Mr. Carson). It also includes performances from Choir of Kings College Cambridge and Taverner Choir and Taverner Consort. One of my favorite selections is Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) reciting ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas!
So take a breather from your holiday “hurry” and relax with Anne Perry and some Downton Abbey music. And after this lovely music, you will be all ready for Season 5 beginning in January!