Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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

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

Paperback – ebook, audible, audio cd

September 1, 2019

by Michelle Griep (Author)

  • Series: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Shiloh Run Press 
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683222606

  • 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 ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.
    A Tale of Two Hearts: Pleasure seeker William Barlow needs a wife immediately to gain his uncle’s inheritance, and Mina Scott is just the girl to make him look respectable—too bad she turns him down. Ought he give her a second chance?
    The Old Lace Shop: Recently widowed Bella White is finally freed from the domination of the overbearing men in her life, but when she enters into a business partnership with the handsome Edmund Archer, she begins to wonder if marriage is worth a second chance.

  • My thoughts (Reviewed by Marilyn): This collection is a sweeping and captivating one that is set in the 1850’s in London. Each tale is around Christmastime with intrigue, mystery, romance, faith, a second chance gold coin and Charles Dickens’ quotes and appearance. Two of the novellas were released previously with The Old Lace Shop being new for this Christmas season. Each novella can be read as a standalone, although, characters from the prior short story are mentioned in the next release.

    12 Days at Bleakly Manor found an odd assortment of individuals being commanded to go to the Bleakly Manor for 12 days starting on Christmas Eve. The manor was not what the guests expected since there was no host/hostess present. The hired hands were not to accommodating with a lack of nutritious meals with the guests assigned chores each day. When they were invited they had been promised a reward, only to find out only one would receive the large reward. Each day brought new adventures along with some leaving before the end of the 12 days. The mystery surrounding lives almost being lost and accusations against some gave way to tense moments. A must be read tale.

    A Tale of Two Hearts explored the interactions of William Barlow and Mina Scott. Mina was a young lady working with her dad at the Golden Egg Inn. William frequented the inn often and made a proposition to Mina. William wanted the inheritance from his uncle, but the stipulations were high. His cousin Percy and spouse were just as deceitful in other ways against Uncle Barlow. This tale was fast paced with all the twists and turns along with more than one resolution and romance.

    The Old Lace Shop brought Bella White and Edmund Archer together when Bella moved to Nottingham after the death of her abusive husband. Bella was determined that The Old Lace Shop could be renovated for those less fortunate who had lost their eye site from working in lace factories. She was not prepared for all the challenges she faced. This tale is filled with escapades that kept the pages turning from deceitful employees, business owners and others who wanted to ensure that Nottingham Lace and Hose did not succeed. The tenderness shown by Bella to all, especially Flora who was a special needs child brought tears. I loved this novella with new beginnings, renewed faith, romance and so much more.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation t post a review. I have expressed my own opinion. I highly recommend this collection to fans of Victorian Era filled with Dickens, Christmas, faith, action and romance.

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