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Christmas Past

(The Chronicles of St Mary's #8.6)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  1,259 ratings  ·  107 reviews
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
ebook, 45 pages
Published December 25th 2017 by Accent Press
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Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-shelf, sci-fi, humor
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.
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 Peterson and Markham though, but I suppose they do ha
Richard Derus
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 he's about to return for good apparently) and Matth
Wing Kee
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Matthew at the end of this tale. It's good. It's so
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
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’m now fully caught up on all things St Mary’s and actually have to wait for the next book. 😩
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 old cynics heart, but not amazing either.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: time-travel
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 who bore little resemblance to the baby that she lo
Sydney Young
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh thank you for this one!! Just mad that I didn’t know about it until today!
Dec 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marvelous St Mary's Christmas story!
J.A. Ironside
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best ending to a St Mary's short story ever.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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!
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?
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 Max

READ 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.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
The perfect feel-good Christmas story...
Dec 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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

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
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katrine Roberts
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 to skip to the end and read backwards just in case.
Peter Bradley
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Please give my Amazon review a helpful vote -

My 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 "pods" that do the time traveling and some of the fe
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fine mess, uh Christmas Adventure

Ah, 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 story each year
This one is no different. We go on an
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), of course decides to follow tradition and make an illicit Christmas Eve jump in order to give Matthew's friends a treat and help in what wa ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 so much wax sentimental as let it sneak up behind
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am addicted

I 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 quirks during thanksgiving dinner.
Enjoy this chocolat
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Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a complete history nut. It takes vast amounts of chocolate to get her out of bed for anything after 1485. And if it's raining, there's no chance.

Habitually tongue-tied when asked to talk about herself, she gets round this by describing herself as tall, incredibly beautiful, witty and technically proficient.

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Other books in the series

The Chronicles of St Mary's (10 books)
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)
  • A Symphony of Echoes (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #2)
  • A Second Chance (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #3)
  • A Trail Through Time (The Chronicles of St. Mary's #4)
  • No Time Like the Past (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #5)
  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #6)
  • Lies, Damned Lies, and History (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #7)
  • And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St Mary’s, #8)
  • An Argumentation of Historians (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #9)
  • Hope for the Best (The Chronicles of St. Mary's, #10)