Once Upon a Dickens Christmas: 3 Charming Christmas Tales Set in Victorian England
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
12 Days at Bleakly Manor
Clara Chapman, Ben Lane, and a handful of qu ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I appreciated the character development, the style of writing and the Christmas atmosphere.
I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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 ...more