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Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian England

(Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1-3)

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep
Pour yourself a cuppa, get lost in the merriment of the season, and enjoy a Dickensian Christmas in three stories from fan favorite Michelle Griep:
12 Days a Bleakly Manor: Brought together under mysterious circumstances, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimat
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 1st 2019 by Shiloh Run Press
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    Julie Carpenter
    I love a good Victorian read, especially anything that is Dickensesque (Charles Dickens), and also especially if it's by Michelle Griep. She's become an instant must read author for me! Anytime I see that she has a new book out I can't wait to grab a copy and devour it! This collection has two books that were previously published in this series. The last book is the third book in this series and the new book. So if you have already read the first two books, you will be excited to have the next b ...more
    Michelle Griep
    Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    What's not to love about Dickens and merry olde England?!
    Three delightful Victorian novellas bound together by a second chance coin, a twist of Dickens, a smidgen of suspense, and wonderful spiritual content.

    12 Days at Bleakly Manor

    This story reminded me of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None but without the deaths. Put together a group of strangers each with an invitation to a 12 day get together at Christmas time each with a reward if they stay all 12 days. Place them in a mysterious old mansion in the country; but without much in the way of
    Angela Groom
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    Three lovely stories all connected by a gold second chance coin.
    The stories are tied together by Charles Dickens, lots of his quotes from all his books are scattered throughout the tales and his character also appears in the story. Set during the Christmas in Victorian England. 1850s
    Very quick and easy to read.
    In the first tale - Trio of hearts a bunch of very different individuals are invited to stay at Bleakly Manor and the last person to be there on the twelve night will get his or her wish
    Karen R
    A delightful collection of Victorian era novellas set at Christmas! Some of the best I have had the privilege to read.

    All three animated tales are full of eccentric, charming and some dastardly characters, worthy of Dickens himself, who makes a cameo appearance in each one. Centered around the theme of 'second chances', with a bit of a connection between them, each of these unique tales gives a refreshing look at the gift of grace, forgiveness and redemption.

    "Either your faith will move moun
    Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Such a delightful collection of Christmas stories by Michelle Griep! The three stories are loosely tied together by Charles Dickens and a coin that is passed on from person to person reminding each of that “second chance” gifted by God, even in the direst of circumstances. It’s amazing that the author can move between vastly different settings during the Victorian era to bring forth these stories that fit so well as a package, brimming with hope, grace, forgiveness, and redemption. Each story is ...more
    Susan Snodgrass
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
    'I have long abhorred black. It is a great abyss, sucking in the colours of the rainbow and wringing the life out of them.'

    Thus begins 'The Old Lace Shop', the final offering in this collection from Michelle Griep, whose books I absolutely never miss. With an opening line like that, you are drawn in and you don't let go until the last word. Griep knows how to fashion a story and wrap her readers around it in a wonderful way. I was excited to read this final installment in her series and I'm very
    Becky Lewis
    A “second chance coin” and something that reminds me of “six degrees of separation ” from Charles Dickens threads itself through these three, lovely Yuletide novellas. Two have already been published (but a truly good story is always worth a re-read), while the third is brand-new.
    I enjoyed reviewing The Twelve Days at Bleakly Manor. It brings our first couple together, Clara and Ben.
    This novella was the recipient of the 2018 Christy award. My quote here?
    “If you knew all the answers, there’d be
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Three wonderful Christmas Tales! Each is filled with wonderful characters, second chances, and a wonderous feeling of love.
    12 Days at Bleakly Manor has a mystery that drew me in from the first invitation.
    A Tale of Two Hearts is a wonderful story of second chances for many of the characters. I loved Mina and Will.
    The Old Lace Shop is a surprising second chance at life and maybe even love for Bella. I loved the story so much. I feel the need to warn other readers, grab a tissue or two before you
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Once Upon A Dickens Christmas is absolutely wonderful! Each of the stories are so unique and have great characters! I love how each story has its own little twist. These stories are a very quick and enjoyable read. I loved it! I highly recommend this book!

    I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

    The Old Lace Shop – Once Upon A Dickens Christmas Book #3
    •°o•:*:•. Interesting, but 1st Person Present Tense a Bit Odd .•:*:• o°•

    This book was a bit hard for ME to read being told in 1st person, switching back and forth between the two lead characters. It was rather like reading someone’s diary.
    “It may be a poor decision, but I’ve been told one too many times
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I'm so delighted to see the entire Dickens trilogy in one volume. I had already read books one and two, so in reviewing this title I added book three, The Old Lace Shop. It was every bit as good as the first two stories.
    The crossover of characters from one book to the next continues, each book having a main character that appears as a side note in other stories, and the Second Chance Coin continues to change hands as characters pay its significance forward. I love how this symbol of faith winds
    Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: favorites, to-buy
    Three delightful tales that take place during Christmas in Victorian England! All three stories have a character being given a "second chance coin". And each of them have little appearance or mention of one the greatest storytellers, Charles Dickens.

    The first story "12 Days at Bleakly Manor" is about a group of people from all walks of life gathering at a manor till the end of the Twelfth Night. Whomever is the last one remaining has their deepest wish come true. The reason why these people were
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Lift your spirits at Christmas or anytime in this delightful collection of stories by talented author Michelle Griep! The three Victorian tales include 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, A Tale of Two Hearts, and The Old Lace Shop. While each novella is its own story, they are loosely connected by the mention of Charles Dickens and a special gold coin. I love the faith element woven seamlessly throughout each story, the ways Griep has incorporated Charles Dickens differently in each novella, and the them ...more
    Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: 2019-read
    I am never disappointed with Michelle Griep and have been waiting awhile for her third Christmas installment. I was not disappointed, and the wait was worth every moment. Not many authors can capture such depth in a short novella, but in each of these three stories, you will meet and fall in love with the characters. The writing is genuine and complex, and I loved every moment. Were I asked to pick a favorite, I could not. The stories will transport you to the everyday life in the dark but redem ...more
    Dana Michael
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Cover love, Y'all! This is probably one of the prettiest books I have ever seen. It made me happy before I even opened it up. Then, I got even happier. There are three Christmas stories set in the Victorian era. Each one a sweet romance with likable characters. Now that I have finished it I have another happy thing. I'll be using it as a decorative piece on my coffee table during the Christmas holiday.
    Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The past two years I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Michelle Griep’s Christmas novellas 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts. To complete the series this year both previous novellas have been included in one volume Once Upon a Dickens Christmas which also includes a totally new novella The Old Lace Shop. This large book is beautiful with deckled page edges which make it a truly special volume appropriate for gift giving. I will include my previous reviews here as wel ...more
    Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A delightful trio of tales from the Victorian Era with a bit of a Dicken’s essence to each one! Each of these stories, two of which are previously published, are filled with eccentric characters, subtle twists, and a cameo appearance by none other than Charles Dickens himself. The themes of second chances, hope, forgiveness, family and friends run through each of the stories tying them up with pleasing endings for the holidays.

    12 Days at Bleakly Manor
    Clara Chapman, Ben Lane, and a handful of qu
    Patti Wolff
    Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    In the first story of this trio of tales, "12 Days at Bleakly Manor", an odd assortment of people are summoned to Bleakly Manor, and whoever stays through Twelfth Night will have his or her wish come true. This is an unusual story; it starts slowly and is quite wonderful by the end! The characters are great, from Miss Scurry and her mice to Mr. Tallgrass and his Cockney dialect. Clara Chapman and Ben Lane get a well-deserved second chance. For lack of a better word, the "puppetmaster's" identity ...more
    Cathy Morgan
    Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    12 Days a Bleakly Manor: A most unlikely group of people are all invited to Bleakly Manor for Christmas - but the owner doesn't appear and things don't seem to make sense. Then there are the accidents that keep occurring... What is going on, and why? And can some good come of it all?

    A Tale of Two Hearts: William and his cousin Percy are contending for a legacy from their elderly uncle - and unmarried William believes that Percy has an edge in the contest because he is married, and his uncle pre
    Anne Rightler
    Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    When a new story from Michelle Griep shows up, I quickly snatch it up to read. And this collection of Christmas tales does not disappoint. The first two stories in the book, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts were released before and The Old Lace Shop is the newest addition to this series. Each tale is a stand-alone story and the three are loosely tied together by a second chance coin, often given to someone in dire circumstances and a cameo appearance by Charles Dickens. The char ...more
    Jennifer Purcell
    Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

    Once Upon a Dickens Christmas is a collection of three stories set in Victorian England around--you guessed it--Christmas. The stories are connected by the mysterious second-chance coin which shows up unexpectedly in the characters' lives. Griep creates fantastic characters that you can't help but love and root for, even when they're in slightly odd situations. And don't even get me starte
    Patti Whitson Stephenson
    Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A note before I begin this review: Two of the stories in this collection, “Twelve Days at Bleakley Manor” and “ A Tale of Two Hearts” have been previously published. “The Old Lace Shop” is a new story published in this edition. I had read the first two stories, but I’m glad to have all three in one volume because they share common story elements.

    These stories are all Victorian in their settings. (Think of “A Christmas Carol” for this time period.) There are small, but important, links that follo
    Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    An unusual trio of stories that I enjoyed very much, each story was connected to the others in some way. Each included Charles Dickens in the story, and all were Christmas oriented. Fun reading! Good, clean Christian stories I will enjoy reading again!
    Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three lovely stories, well written and heartwarming.
    I appreciated the character development, the style of writing and the Christmas atmosphere.
    I look forward to reading other books by this author.
    Highly recommended!
    Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
    Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Once Upon a Dickens Christmas is a good collection of Christmas stories. I enjoyed each selection and found them to be well written. I highly recommend this book. My thanks to the publisher for my advance ebook. This is my unbiased review.
    Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is so good! All three stories are very well written and hold your attention. If you like Victorian Christmas romance stories, you will love this book. This stories in this book have drama, suspense and romance. This is the perfect book to curl up with and take a step back in time. It will put a smile on your face and joy in your heart. I enjoyed every minute spent reading this book. Thank you Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this wonderful boo ...more
    Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Michelle Griep is such a wonderful writer and this set of 3 three short stories is no exception. All three are Christmas themed Victorian stories with a definite Christian message that is never overly preachy with some romance and lovely, believable characters. There's a heartwarming message in these stories that is perfectly done. I enjoyed the second and third stories just a bit more than the first but honestly all three were very, very enjoyable to read.
    Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Three Victorian themed Christmas stories. I thoroughly enjoyed these 3 stories of hope and second chances. I love the way Michelle Griep describes her characters and the places. You'd almost feel like you're there. From second chances at love to pretences to earn an inheritance and falling for old love turned business partners, these stories take you on an exciting journey with the message of hope and forgiveness. I love the appearance of the second chance coin in each story and the message it s ...more
    Jeanne Alfveby crea
    Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A) 12 Days at Bleakly Manor-Recipient of a 2018 Christy Award published in 2017
    Engaging Victorian mystery that kept me reading until I finished! My first Michelle Griep book, with many more to follow! Loved Clara & Ben's story despite previous hardships, the other strange and unusual characters invited to Bleakly Manor & the mystery surrounding why they are all there. Loved it!

    B) My first Michelle Griep book, was last year with Book One of this Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series, and I
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    I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

    Other books in the series

    Once Upon a Dickens Christmas (3 books)
    • 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1)
    • A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, #2)
    • The Old Lace Shop (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #3)