Welcome to a special bonus episode of A Cozy Christmas Podcast.
Today, I’ll begin reading one of my favorite Christmas novellas, The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon.
Though it was published closer to the end of the Victorian period in 1894, it captures all the hallmarks of a Victorian story, overflowing with sentimentality – but there are some wonderful Christmasy scenes as well.
It tells the story of a lonely, gruff widower Sir John Penlyon as he spends Christmas with his friend Danby and his niece Adela. Danby points out how Christmas is dull without children around, and Sir John agrees. Danby quickly hatches a scheme to find some children to hire to bring into Sir John’s lonely house. Will the children bring some much needed joy to Sir John’s life?
In today’s episode, we begin with the prologue that sets the story up, and then chapters 1-2 explain Sir John’s backstory and why he has become so withdrawn and gruff. In next week’s chapters, we will pick up where the prologue left off and find out what happens when the children arrive at Penlyon Place.
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Title: The Christmas Hirelings, Part 1, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon