A Christmas Promise
13-yr-old Gracie Phipps is going about her usual chores on London's more questionable
streets when she is appealed to by an 8-yr-old urchin, Minnie Maude Mudway, who needs
help finding her friend, Charlie, who is lost, and who happens to be a donkey.
Charlie disappeared after the sudden death of Minnie Maude's Uncle Alf, a rag-and-bone
man who might have picked up a treasure that was never intended for him, and which may have cost him his life.
As Gracie and Minnie Maude search for clues to Charlie's disappearance, they are aided by a kind, mysterious man, Mr. Balthasar, and they learn more about London's dark secrets than even they, with their streetwise ways, had known.
I definitely enjoyed A Christmas Promise, but not quite so much as the last two Anne Perry Christmas books I've read. Perhaps I'm now saturated with them, but I have to say that even though I love happy endings and charming books the ending of A Christmas Promise was just a bit too precious, even for me.