Title: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Book #1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas)
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
Like a well-woven Dickens tale, Michelle Griep has amazingly accomplished a well-crafted tale with the flavor of a mystery. The characters are various and few, but don’t let that fool you as what happens the moment one starts reading the book is before too long you just must keep reading! The story is set in the year 1850 which helps also bring atmosphere to the tale being told.
The lead female is a young woman with a broken heart, living with her aunt near the poverty level. This picture of her current situation is opposite to where and how she once lived. The lead male is to be married a year by now, but instead he is cold, starving and beaten in a cold jail cell in London. Out of nowhere envelopes are timely hand delivered to specific individuals with various promises if they remain for the 12 days at the manor. Who is the mysterious head of the manor or writer of the invitations?
I don’t want to spoil it too much so I won’t share any more, but this is a book that many will want to share with others, or give as gifts. In 2018, comes the second book, A Tale of Two Hearts, and I for one will be waiting to read it and share with my family and friends!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.