12 Days at Bleakly Manor
THE BEGINNING.....After being left at the altar by the man she loves, and being stripped of her family fortune, Clara Chapman accepts a mysterious invitation to receive a much needed $1000 IF she agrees to stay at an English Manor for a period of twelve days.
After her arrival, Clara meets a variety of unusual cohorts, each with their own personalized promise of compensation.....including her former fiancé.
THE MIDDLE.....There is a bit of mystery...a touch of romance, and...more
This book is Downton Abbey + Clue + Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None. I very much enjoyed the mystery and the huge manor at Christmas time in the Victorian days. An atmospheric story full of romance and intrigue.
I did feel that there are a few loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up. I have some questions that were left unanswered. (A pet peeve of mine.)
I will definitely be reading more of this ...more
There’s even a ...more
Christmas Emotions: yes, perfect for the season
I'll be honest here: the writing and the story itself were nothing special. 12 Days at Bleakly Manor was cute and to the point, and ultimately will stand out more for its setting than its characters. The 3 stars is mainly for my personal nostalgia and enjoyment over reading this short ...more
12 Days at Bleakly Manor (September 2017, Shiloh Run Press), first in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series by Michelle Griep, is a Christian historical romantic mystery. It opens in London on December 24, 1850, which puts it in the Victorian Era. The novel is a standalone with no cliffhangers.
I wanted to read this book because I absolutely loved both titles I previously read by Griep. See my reviews for Brentwood's Ward ...more
This book wasn't quite a good fit for me. I loathe Charles Dicken's writing, so I have no idea how the characters and story line of this book tie in with anything of his. Which wasn't a bad thing, per say, but connections between this and his writing completely went over my head.
This book also went by INCREDIBLY quickly, to the point where I felt the character development and plot line suffered. ...more
Okay, so why am I piling on the praise for 12 Days at Bleakly Manor?
Well, the first star toward “I loved it” came with a fun plot device—a multi-layered plot that made you recognize characters that could have inspired beloved Dickens characters such as Miss Flite and her flock of birds from Bleak House, ...more
"12 Days at Bleakly Manor" is a mix of Charles Dickens's "Bleak House", Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None", and pure genius. I love BBC's version of "Bleak House", so I was excited to pick this book up. ...more
Our hero and heroine were once engaged, but Benjamin Lane left Clara Chapman standing at the alter and she doesn't know ...more
This book had a bit of everything. It's a cozy mystery with romance and a dash of danger. I loved how the characters came alive for me- jumping out from the pages like a movie in my head. This book should be a movie!! I'm envisioning hot ...more
Clara and Ben have some major misunderstandings to work through but once the truth is revealed all will be good, right?
The cast of characters are rich in personality. Michelle did a wonderful job of giving everyone their own voice.
This will begin to get you in the Christmas frame of mine a bit early, but it’s never too early for Christmas is it?
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
The writing is easy to follow and the book is very well-written. The plot is engaging and there are many twists and turns in the storyline that the reader is kept guessing until the very end of the book. The premise of the book reminded me of the board game Clue...or Agatha ...more
I truly enjoyed this well plotted mystery novel filled with well developed characters. Six people receive an invitation to spend the Twelve Days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor, beginning on December 25, 1850 and ending at midnight on January 5, 1851. Each is promised something that they desperately want or need will be their reward for spending the season there. Once they arrive ...more
This is what I have so far: Clara Chapman, the main character in this book, has received a mysterious invitation to come for the 12 days of Christmas to be celebrated at an English manor. She only decides to accept because it comes with the promise of payment of 500 pounds -a huge sum for Clara in 1851 England.
She has no idea ...more
There's a mysterious air owing to the absent host, who makes many demands of his guests while not even present to enjoy the ...more
Griep toys with the reader's mind as each guest is presented and well-drawn with ...more
Mystery, mayhem, a manor full of secrets and a missing host mash up in this page turner! Unique and eccentric characters, vividly told scenery ...more
It gripped me from the first chapter. What happens when the person you loved and thought you knew turns out to be your biggest traitor? And then you come face to face with them and not everything as it seems to be.
I loved the backstory between Clara and Ben. There was so much hurt but also so much love.
And so many twists in this story! And there's even a little cameo appearance by Charles Dickens! ...more
Great start to this series has me anticipating #2...
Enjoyed my read in the audio download version from my library.