Carols and Chaos

Carols and Chaos

A lady's maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure. 1817. The happy chaos of the Yuletide season has descended upon the country estate of Shackleford Park in full force, but lady's maid Kate Darby barely has the time to notice. Between her household duties, caring for her ailing mother, and saving up money A lady's maid and a valet become entangled in a yuletide counterfeiting scheme in this romantic Christmas YA adventure...

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Title:Carols and Chaos
Author:Cindy Anstey
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1250174872
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Carols and Chaos Reviews

  • Libby
    Aug 12, 2018
    Not exactly a sequel, this title follows the events in "Suitors & Sabotage", focusing on Matt and Kate, servants introduced in the previous book. While still a light, enjoyable romance for young teens, the below stairs viewpoint hints at darker subjects. However challenges are quic...
  • Anne
    Oct 23, 2018
    Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey is a Regency novel that primarily takes place below stairs. Miss Kate Darby is a lady's maid for Miss Imogene Chively who is betrothed to Mr. Ben Steeple for whom Mr. Matt Harlow is valet. There is an immediate attraction between Kate and Matt but both ...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    Nov 20, 2018
    CAROLS AND CHAOS is exactly that. A festive story set at Christmas time with plenty of chaos and a charming romance. Highly recommended to historical romance lovers, especially those who like humor and some suspense in their stories! This story was so much fun! I loved, loved the ch...
  • Elley Murray
    Oct 27, 2018
    Carols and Chaos a sweet below-stairs holiday historical romance/mystery. There is definitely a very Downton Abbey feel to this story, and I love the shift in focus on the staff below stairs rather than on the members of Society. The focus of this romance is between Kate, a ladies maid...
  • Melissa
    Oct 24, 2018
    Cute story, a bit ridiculous that so much would happen in such a small period of time but isn't that why it's called fiction? I enjoyed the fun very much. ...
  • Michelle
    Nov 07, 2018
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Carols and Chaos is a standalone young adult historical fiction by Cindy Anstey. Even though Carols and Chaos can be read as a standalone, it is set in the same time period and world as Cindy's previous nov...
  • Amy A
    Oct 08, 2018
    The holiday season is always filled with hustle and bustle, and things at Shackleford Park this year doubly so as they are welcoming the family of one of the ladies's betrothed. All Kate Darby can think about, as she helps her ladies prepare, is on seeing Matt Harlow once again as he's...
  • Sophia
    Nov 16, 2018
    When I was looking for a holiday listen, I was tickled to see this offered and jumped at the chance for a suspenseful dip into the Regency world below stairs during Yuletide. The gentry are about their revels and so are the servants until a footman goes missing and a fake coin turns up...
  • Amy
    Oct 30, 2018
    I love these kinds of holiday books. Not only is this historical fiction, one of my favorite genres, but the characters are so endearing. The main characters wanted to work hard and live their best lives, meanwhile they stumble into the most pure and (basically) uncomplicated love. ...
  • Stacee
    Oct 20, 2018
    I?ve been a fan of all of Cindy?s books, so I was eager to get to this one. I liked Kate and Matt. They?re both good and loyal people. I loved the pride in their jobs and ambition for more. There are a lot a lot a lot of other characters in this story and it took me a minute ...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    Oct 29, 2018
    Mini review: Minor spoilers! DNF Trigger Warning: None till the point I read. I have read the author's debut and enjoyed it! I was excited to dive into another book by this author. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy it. The beginning really confused me. For some reason I thou...
  • Samantha Fabris
    Oct 30, 2018
    DNF.... I've liked all of Cindy Anstey's books so far, but I'm 1/4 of the way into this one and I just don't care. I also love Fiona Hardingham as a narrator, but blech. I know the characters are servants, but I hate the accent she was doing... and did I mention I just didn't care for ...
  • mith
    Nov 26, 2017
    at this point, i think i'm just gonna be reading everything she comes out with \_(?)_/ at this point, i think i'm just gonna be reading everything she comes out with \_(?)_/ ...more ...
  • Kirk
    Nov 23, 2018
    While not actually JAFF, the first 2/3 was basically downstairs JAFF. Or maybe regency Downton Abbey. ...
  • Erin
    Nov 01, 2018
    Thank you to NetGalley and SwoonReads for an e-copy in exchange for my honest review. I love being able to see points of views from servants in historical fiction books. You get to know so much more about the people that they are serving as well as how the house is run, and the othe...
  • Mel
    Nov 29, 2018
    This is a holiday read for readers who enjoy classics. it has the setting of Charles Dickens "a Christmas Carol" and Jane Austen and Downton Abby Feel. their are elements of mystery and romance . If you love Jane Austen or Downton Abby you will love this holiday read. I am torn on what...
  • Krysti
    Nov 30, 2018
    For my fellow Downton Abbey and Jane Austen enthusiasts, I could not think of a more perfect book to get you into the holiday spirit. CAROLS AND CHAOS is an absolutely charming story with characters you?ll fall madly in love with and a delicious sprinkling of mystery and adventure. ...
  • Candyce Kirk
    Oct 28, 2018
    From the start it's clear that Carols & Chaos was written by Cindy Anstey. She definitely has an unique writing style. I have read in certain reviews that this is kind of a spin-off of Suitors & Sabotage, but to be honest I think I kind of missed that. It definitely didn't chan...
  • Linda
    Dec 09, 2018
    Three and a half stars for Carols and Chaos by Cindy Anstey. This is the story of Kate Darby and Matt Harlow's holiday season in December 1817. Kate is the lady's maid of Miss Beeswanger and Miss Imogene Chivey at Shackleford Park. While Matt is the valet to Mr. Ernest Steeple and Mr. ...
  • Kayleigh Brindley
    Oct 27, 2018
    Reading this book immediately took me back to all of those hours binge-watching Downton Abbey (gah, I loved that show), I love the upstairs/downstairs drama. At the same time, it reminded me of Pride and Prejudice, specifically the Austen-era, which I also love and so I quickly became ...
  • Kat
    Nov 01, 2018
    Do you love lighter, romance stories? Well look no further because this one will be great for your Holiday TBR! This book completely reminded me of those Hallmark movies with the love/hate relationships that slowly turn into a swooning moment. You could tell that something was going...
  • Maureen Lubitz
    Oct 08, 2018
    Carols and Chaos is a young adult historical fiction novel written by Cindy Anstey. I was very excited about the opportunity to read this book because I have enjoyed her three previous books. Carols and Chaos serves as a companion to Suitors and Sabotage, but each of the two books ...
  • Justine
    Oct 19, 2018
    I have read Love, Lies, and Spies. I know it was a completely different book, but that was such a hooking story and narration. The amount of love going there was something that gets me to this day. That was why I was hoping for huge improvements over Carols and Chaos. Carol and Cha...
  • Summer Fazzone
    Dec 03, 2018
    **3.5 stars** This is a perfect example of a time when I wish there were half stars. I really liked this book. I enjoyed the characters a great deal, both the main and side characters. It was a sweet story, at times fraught with peril. Yet, it was extremely predictable. It wasn?t EXC...
  • Kayla Sheppard
    Dec 07, 2018
    4.5 stars This was EVERYTHING I loved how the two main characters were so equal and nobody felt like the ?dominant? or whatever in the relationship. Don?t get me wrong I love a good bad boy romance but this cutesy kind was refreshing ...
  • Mortisha Cassavetes
    Dec 07, 2018
    I read this book for the TisTheSeasonAThon and it was a interesting read. The book follows a maid named Kate and a valet, Matt and all that is going on in the house that they are employed in. You can feel that they are falling for each other but it is not permitted so lots of secrets. ...
  • C.C. Hrivnak
    Nov 01, 2018
    Halloween is over and now the holidays are upon us! I read Cindy's novel Suitors and Sabotage earlier this year and at the time, I heard that she was coming out with a spin-off for it. The moment I found out I was approved for this book, I was excited to dive in and see what she had to...
  • Emmi Rose  (emmirosereads)
    Nov 28, 2018
    Yeah, I did not like this one at all. ? I would have DNFd if I hadn't been buddy reading this with someone. For the most part it was just extremely boring to me. Like that's my first and biggest complaint. When things did happen I just found I could care less. It felt way too ove...
  • Samantha Hastings
    Oct 12, 2018
    This book is truly a holiday treat! I loved it from the first chapter with the bull. What I loved???: 1. The main character?s were servants and they were complex and interesting people, not simply place holders for their employers. 2. The mystery, counterfeit coins and a...
  • Maddy Whitfield
    Nov 28, 2018
    This was my least favourite of Cindy Anstey's books. I absolutely loved Suitors and Sabotage, as well as Duels and Deception so, was a little disappointed that Carols and Chaos didn't garner that same love. It took me an unreasonably long time to finish because I wasn't as enraptured a...