Christmas Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #8.6) by Jodi Taylor

Christmas Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #8.6)

The First Farrell Family Christmas 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 inter-generational. 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 terrifyin...

Details Christmas Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #8.6)

TitleChristmas Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #8.6)
Release DateDec 25th, 2017
PublisherAccent Press
GenreScience Fiction, Time Travel, Historical, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories, Fiction

Reviews Christmas Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #8.6)

  • Bradley
    Short and delightful xmas story featuring our scariest mom yet. Max. Also, arguably the worst. Or best. Depends on your POV. :)She takes her child to disease-ridden London to give food and blankets to Matthew's old friends in the muck. Time-travel can be nice, sometimes, and no one got pissed on. This time.The best part is the yelling. Go Max!A very Scrooge-y story. :) And cute.
  • Sara
    One Christmas tradition of late has been reading the annual St Mary's Christmas short story, and this years edition was really good. I loved the interactions between Max and Matthew, I found them really heartwarming and genuine. It's great to see Max develop as a character into more of a mother figure for Matthew, even if it covers a lot of heartache. More then previous years this also felt more like a 'traditional' Christmas tale. I did miss Pet...
  • Richard Derus
    This short story, a slight fortysomething pages, will reaffirm your faith that shitty small-souled ill-smelling people will gracelessly meet their fate as soon as Author Taylor has their number.Happy Christmas, Disaster Magnets.
  • Trish
    Another Christmas short story from our favourite disaster magnets. Yes, I'm at bit late since it's already January, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment in the slightest.Now, I will admit that I still haven't read novel #8 but the short stories are balm to my soul so I couldn't resist this one any more than the last. Leon and Matthew are living with the time police in Max's future. Leon for medical reasons after what happened to him in #8 (but h...
  • Wing Kee
    Beautiful heartwarming tale.I love these little short stories that Taylor does for St. Mary's they are always character driven and add so much heart to the ridiculous and zany antics of the full series. This one focuses on Max and Matthew a wonderful and delicate relationship that has been happening for a while not but this little tale was so well constructed I can't even put to words the wonderful feelings I had at the last line of dialog from M...
  • Alexandra
    Short holiday story involving mostly Max and Matthew. Ending is a bit unbelievable, but can be forgiven as the intent is for a satisfying feel-good story. Fans of the series should enjoy it, but won't miss anything important if skipped.
  • Emma Flanagan
    I’m now fully caught up on all things St Mary’s and actually have to wait for the next book. 😩
  • Bram
    Another delightful little short story from the St. Mary's nutcases. This time with a wonderful Christmas feel-good atmosphere and some much needed mother/son bonding time to boot.As always, the writing and humor are the same level I expect from Jodi Taylor, and I'm very happy that for once she didn't rip my heart out and stomped on it, instead focusing on some much needed healing. Very short, but entertaining nonetheless.4 stars for warming this ...
  • Mburrows
    Love, love, love. Since Jodi Taylor is my favorite author I would expect nothing less than the best. I was not disappointed. Anxiously awaiting the next installment.
  • Nicole
    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 w...
  • Sydney Young
    Oh thank you for this one!! Just mad that I didn’t know about it until today!
  • ClareM
    A Merry Christmas 😃YESSSSS! This is satisfyingly totally Taylor, and pure Max. I can hardly wait for the next volume. More soon, please!
  • Josie Jaffrey
    Yet another excellent short story in the St Mary’s series. It was heart-rending, engaging and hilarious in classic Jodi Taylor fashion. I became distinctly misty-eyed on more than one occasion.I can’t wait for book 9.
  • Karsyn
    Cute good story, typical Christmas at St Mary's fun, without the chaos. 3.5 stars, rated down just because it's too damn short.
  • Kelly
    Marvelous St Mary's Christmas story!
  • J.A. Ironside
    Best ending to a St Mary's short story ever.
  • Rebecca
    Loved it. I wasn't too happy with events in ATRIH so I'm glad this was a happier tale and I loved the fact it was once again written from Max' perspective and not any other characters. Roll on book 9!
  • Alison
    Max takes Matthew back to early Victorian England to help the two little boys who were chimney sweeps alongside him.Oh Jodi, you pulled on my heartstrings with this novella. I can't say more without spoiling the story, just let me say that it was a lovely story and reflected what we all hope Christmas will be like.Sigh, when is the next one?
  • Trelawn
    A little bit Dickens but most definitely Jodi Taylor. A Max and Matthew Christmas outing to keep me going until the next book. Laughed out loud at the ending.
  • Katherine Nightingale
    Another fabulous outing with MaxREAD THESE BOOKS! Begin at the beginning, go on till you come to the end, then stop. And spend the time before the next book with the rest of us fans, whining and nagging Jodi to write faster.
  • Li
    The perfect feel-good Christmas story...
  • Denise
    Christmas Past was way too short! I was pleasantly surprised this book was released before Christmas Day (the projected release date) I love Max's quirky view of the world and her first Christmas with her son was just as it should be.
  • David Thalenberg
    Yay!Jodi Taylor is one of my favourite authors, and this is right up there with her other annual short stories. Thank you, Jodi Taylor. And a happy Christmas to you and yours (well, it's Boxing Day now, but happy that, too)
  • Tina Miles
    I finally had a chance to read Christmas Past and I really enjoyed it. It was wonderful to laugh a little (‘Dear God...There’s two of them.’), weep a little and smile lots! Thanks so much for the story, Jodi Taylor! A masterfully written and thoroughly awesome tale!SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS-----------------I’m thrilled to hear that if Leon passes his medical that he’ll be back at St. Mary's for good. This separation from Leon and Matth...
  • Katrine Roberts
    Max’s family life is complicated, the reason is (as usual) arch enemy Clive Ronan, who is not dead yet and definitely not a mother. Max’s son Matthew was stolen when he was a baby, the most heart breaking scene in any book. *see And the Rest is History.* Matthew and Max’s husband, Leon( Matthew’s father) have returned to St Mary’s for a week to celebrate Christmas. The book could be a sob a minute, but is a great picture of hope. I had ...
  • Peter Bradley
    Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote - rating reflects more on me than on the book. This is the first of the St. Mary's books that I've read, so I came into this with no introduction to the characters or knowledge about their backstory. This story presupposes that knowledge, although it makes a fair effort to explain some of the high points of this "story universe." So, we get an idea about the "p...
  • Ken
    Another fine mess, uh Christmas AdventureAh, St. Mary's at Christmas. Another fine chapter for the Society. I won't give away the story, just know that it's another wonderful Christmas story, one that warms the heart as well as the soul. I've been a fan of St. Mary's since the first novel was published. By this time, many Stories have been told in novel fashion, many have been short. And there's the author's tradition of adding in a Christmas sto...
  • Lara
    This is probably one of my favorites of the short stories so far. It's Matthew's first Christmas home with Max and Leon, and he's worried about his friends. Max, looking for a way to connect with him, especially after Leon's news that (view spoiler)[he's pretty sure Matthew will choose to stay with the Time Police instead of living with them (hide spoiler)], of course decides to follow tradition and make an illicit Christmas Eve jump in order to ...
  • Kristen
    Another wonderful gift Every Christmas, fans of Taylor's eagerly await their most anticipated holiday present - a new St. Mary's novella. This latest episode in the lives of the historians doesn't disappoint. Featuring Max and her reticent son sneaking away for a few hours, the story, as usual, serves up chuckles and the wondrous feeling of losing yourself in another time. Also, as usual, readers are advised to keep tissues handy. Taylor doesn't ...
  • Tara
    I am addictedI so truly enjoy the stories and mayhem at st Mary's that I probably forgive some things. Having said that - this is not a stand alone story. There is a reason its got .5 in it. If you feel you can understand the true depth and breadth of the characters on this you are wrong. The magic of St Marys is that you develop a kinship with the people over time and their quirks become as ingrained in their essence as your aunts and uncles qui...