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Christmas Past

A Chronicles of St Mary's Short Story
Written by: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Max, Leon and Matthew - together at last for Christmas at St Mary's, a time of conspicuous consumption, riotous misbehaviour and the traditional illegal Christmas jump. And this time it's intergenerational.

Donning her unfamiliar mother hat, Max takes Matthew back to 19th-century London, where they plan to deliver a parcel of Christmas cheer to his former friends but find themselves confronting the terrifying Old Ma Scrope in the process.

'Tis the season to be jolly. It's also the season of goodwill towards all mankind.

Pity no-one told Max.

©2017 Jodi Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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A Mother's Love

A joy to listen to as always. Max is wonderful in this story.
You Go Girl....!!!!!!

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  • 2017-12-26

I wish I could give more stars than 5

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. It’s 10pm Christmas Day and the relatives have gone home, the house is clean again, and no one found my stash of cookies. I started this story and fell in love with Max all over again.

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  • Cheryl
  • 2019-01-10

I Loved this Story

Max and Matthew and Leon
This tender and we'll written story - well just read/listen to it for a lovely tale that highlights exactly what Christmas is about

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  • Paul R.
  • 2019-06-21

Glorious!!

This is ridiculously satisfying. The narrator, as always, was wonderful. A mother's story, her son's story and exactly what needed to happen.
I've listened to it at least a dozen times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-04-18

Now we know where Dickens got the idea!

Now we know where Dickens got the idea 💡! In fact I like 👍 this one better, especially the ending!!!!!

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  • bebe
  • 2019-01-09

Sweet little short story

This was a short and sweet story in which Max and her son Matthew go back in time to check on Mathew's fellow chimney sweeps in London. They take great Christmas presents and also deal with the horrible Mrs. Scrope who was so cruel to Matthew when he was a chimney sweep. The narrator, Zara Ramm is awesome as usual. My only complaint is that it cost too much to be only about an hour and a half long. I took away a star for that reason.

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  • Debbie Whittington
  • 2018-12-29

More!

A great follow up to the last story. Love the St. Mary's Christmas stories. I'm just ready for another full length novel.

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  • Hans L Erdman
  • 2018-12-06

I love Christmas at St.. Mary's!

...or wherever they are in time. Max is always a hoot, Leon is always as taciturn as ever, and this time nobody dies, at least while Max is there. I've listened to all of the Christmas short stories from Jodi Taylor's series, and they are always good. I won't use up a credit for a short story, but I'm willing to pay the cash price because it's worth it. Zara Ramm nails the narration every time, too. Just like Tiny Tim saying, "God bless us everyone!" Matthew's "Mummy is awesome!" maybe one of the best Christmas closing lines ever.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-12-04

Sad but hopeful

Matthew and Leon come to visit Max at St Mary’s for Christmas. It’s bittersweet in that they live with the Time Police for their safety and health.
Max takes Matthew with for her annual unauthorized Christmas excursion. They take food and blankets to the 2 remaining Scropes boys that Matthew was living with. Then they jump to the next Christmas to check if the boys survived.
Matthew comes back lighter of spirit.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 2018-11-28

Best one so far!

If you're a Chronicles of St Mary's fan, you will love this story. It shows development in Max's relationship with Matthew.

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  • Bonnie
  • 2018-06-08

Touching

Max takes Matthew back to early Victorian England to help the two little boys who were chimney sweeps alongside him. This is a sweet novella-not funny like the rest of the St. Mary's series-but VERY enjoyable!