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

(Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1-3)

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  143 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
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 ...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?!
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spectacular collection of Christmas tales that do Charles Dickens proud. Each novella is infused with holiday warmth and delicious feel-goods. Perfect stories that celebrate the season in traditional style. There's angst aplenty and plot twists galore on the way to three breath-snatching happily ever afters that will make your toes curl. Love the Christmasy familiar Victorian setting and Elizabeth Gaskell flair to these stories. They honestly read as 100 + year old classics! Definitely a ...more
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
Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
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I have enjoyed each of the three stories in this charming Dickens Christmas collection. The first two stories, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts each were first printed on their own. The new story in this collection is The Old Lace Shop. Since I have previously reviewed (and loved) the first two stories on their own, I will focus my attention on this review primarily with the new story, The Old Lace Shop.

Right from the
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
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
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.
Shirley Chapel
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marilyn Ridgway
A delightful collection of three historical Christmas Romances by Christian Fiction author, Michelle Griep. Two of them are from earlier releases from Christmases past, but the last story The Lace Shop is new this year. Charles Dickenson makes brief appearances in all three stories. These stories take place in the mid 1800s in England.
I absolutely loved the cover. I enjoyed each story but the last one was definitely my favorite. I would even say it was edge of seat reading a time or two. I
Erin Laramore
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think the subheading of the book title says it all. All 3 of these tales are charming in a very Dickensian manner. While I can't say I'm keen on classic literature in general, that which I've read of Charles Dickens I've thoroughly enjoyed. For that reason, I was drawn to this collection. I'd also heard great things about this one and the author (this was my first book of Michelle Griep's. It won't be my last!). I was very glad I opted to check this one out!

All 3 of the stories contained
Paula Shreckhise
If you want to get in the mood for Christmas, try these three novellas by Michelle Griep. These short tales evoke the bygone days and characters reminiscent of Charles Dickens with their quirky names and actions that illustrate great spiritual truths. The fresh stories are quite enjoyable.
The thing that ties the three stories together is a second chance coin that is passed to those deemed to benefit from it. Ms. Griep’s prose shines as she brings out the point that we all get a second chance
Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"12 Days at Bleakly Manor"

I, personally, have never read anything by Michelle Griep. I do have a number of her books downloaded to my Kindle, but I haven't had the time to read them yet. The book 12 Days at Bleakly Manor was my first introduction to Griep's writing. With the setting being in London, I was interested in the plot right away. The story is a historical romance, so I was pretty sure the historical setting with the characters would be interesting.

Griep's writing is top notch. I had
Kristine Morgan
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fan's of Dickens will be delighted with Michelle Griep's 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. The setting is a large country manor with limited staff. A group of people each receive an invitation to spend the 12 days of Christmas at the Manor. If they stay the entire time, they will be granted something they really desire. the characters are an odd group, some endearing, others truly weird. I enjoyed the story and look forward to re reading it on a cold snowy day with a large cup of tea and a cozy ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With Michelle Griep at the helm I know I will enjoy a good story and this one was just as delightful!
Each story has it's own charm and I loved seeing the world through these characters' lives!
I wanted to read each story one at a time but of course that didn't happen at all!!! They were just begging to be read all at once!!
I enjoyed going back to the 12 days at Bleakly Manor but the other two I hadn't read before.
Michelle has done a great job in her writing style by adding the Charles Dickens
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
Vicky Sluiter
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Author Michelle Griep is an incredible writer, who takes her reader straight to Old England in this compilation of Christmas stories. With quirky, lovable characters these Christmas stories are wonderful for reading at any time of the year.

I thoroughly enjoyed Griep’s descriptions of places and people Of course these stories show us what England was like in those days, which is fun to learn about. Woven throughout is the love of God and the reminder that He is here to help us.

If you enjoy “
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 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michelle Griep uses her tongue-in-cheek humor to create characters who are endearing, quirky, and memorable in these stories and makes Victorian England come alive.

Two common threads run through the stories. The “Second Chance Coin” which the bearers discover holds far more value than the gold used to fashion it. And Charles Dickens, which shouldn’t be a surprise based on the title. The first two books contained in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas were previously released as stand-alone books. I
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Three great stories!

12 Days at Bleakly Manor:
This one is so good! How lucky am I to get an ARC! Thank you, Michelle and Barbour Publishing.
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
Lynda Edwards
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
This review will focus on the third tale, The Old Lace Shop, as I have previously read, enjoyed, and reviewed the first two titles included in this larger compilation, Once Upon a Dickens Christmas.

As with her longer works, Griep’s writing is beautiful—the prose creates word pictures that had me rereading passages to absorb everything they had to convey. The first several sentences are a prime example: “I have long abhorred black. It is a great abyss, sucking in the colours of the rainbow and
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
June Ashby
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love historical fiction and Michelle Griep wowed me with her knowledge of the time period and Charles Dickens in these three Christmas tales. If you are a Dickens-nerd you will appreciate all the references to him and his novels. If you are not necessarily a Dickens-nerd, but love a good Christmas take, you are in luck, too.

Griep masterfully weaves the second-chance coin into all three stories. In each story you are immersed in the lives of people who desperately need a second-chance. The
Maria Thomas
True confessions: I haven't read much Dickens. I read (and loved) A Tale of Two Cities in my youth. I think that is the only one I've actually read. I've seen movie adaptations for others but haven't read them. So I am at a disadvantage to know if anything besides the title is based on his books or if these novellas are just written to sound Dickensian. Is the second chance coin from Dickens? I need to read Dickens obviously.
These three novellas are tied together by a bit of Dickens himself,
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once Upon a Dickens Christmas is a compilation of three Christmas stories loosely based around tales by Charles Dickens, with cameo appearances by Dickens himself. They are also linked together by a gold second chance coin which can be used to grant the recipient a second chance. Michelle Griep is a master at creating historical fiction that engrosses me. Her characters are colorful, realistic, and true to the time period.

I had read the first two stories, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a book by Charles Dickens. Not even the famous A Christmas Carol. I am, however, familiar with some of his story titles, like Bleak House and a Tale of Two Cities. So the play on words in Once Upon a Christmas (12 Days at Bleakly Manor and A Tale of Two Hearts) appealed to me. I'm still not sure what Dickens story The Old Lace Shop was built around, but it doesn't matter because Michelle Griep created three delightful stories that swept me away and kept me reading until the wee ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read the first two books that last two years, but this year was the first time I read The Old Lace Shop. Oh, I loved going back in time and seeing the world through Bella and Edmund’s eyes.
Michelle just does an outstanding job of bringing the past to life. She did it with each of the stories in this book.
If you love historical romance and want a bit of Christmas thrown in I highly recommend this collection, you can’t go wrong.

A copy of this book was given to me through All
If you want a twist on Dickens and get ready for Christmas, definitely check these novellas that are conveniently in one book. The 12 Days at Bleakly Manor was fun, with a who-dun-it Christmas twist and very enjoyable having 12 strangers together. A Tale of Two Hearts was one of my favorites because it had quotes from Dickens and the story was fun. The Old Lace Shop that proves that you can still remain friends and work together, though I feel like this one was either not quite finished or the ...more
Vera Godley
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We all know and love Christmas as depicted by Charles Dickens and have read, seen movies or plays, and recalled significant scenes from his famous tale. Our author, Michele Griep, takes us on a journey to the days of Dickens and we meet characters worthy of one the famous gentleman's tales.

This book is a collection of three Christmas tales so what I am doing is spreading my own reading joy out over the holidays. I just finished 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, and it is certainly one I enjoyed.


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
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Once Upon a Dickens Christmas (3 books)
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“What a curious thought, to be one's own hero...for eht only hero she wanted was William Barlow. Ahh, William. Just thinking his name lit a fire in her belly~Mina, A Tale of Two Hearts” 0 likes
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