Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

Three Delightful Christmas Tales from Beloved Storyteller Michelle Griep

Synopsis:

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 at 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:

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 very first page our heroine, Bella captured my sympathies and my heart. She chose to rise above the situation she found herself in and grab life by the reigns. Unconventional and determined, Bella is a strong heroine. I enjoyed watching her grow in this story.

Edmund Archer kept me on my toes. One moment I liked him, and the next I wanted to purse-whomp him. He was full of surprises! He isn’t the picture-perfect hero, he has his flaws. But just maybe that is what makes him so endearing, and unforgettable.

The setting of the story, while industrial, and dreary in its drab corner of England, is lit by its vivacious characters that rise above the backdrop and add color and life into their surroundings. I appreciate the fact that the author invites us into a less seldom view of a Victorian Christmas.

This collection of stories makes the perfect gift for the book-lover on your list and it is sure to become your new favorite Christmas tradition!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

About the Author:

2754194 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?

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Once Upon A Dickens Christmas

 

First Line Fridays: A Tale of Two Hearts

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2) by Michelle Griep. This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersible setting, and Michelle Gripe’s signature way with words, it all adds up to an unforgettable story that you are sure to need for your keeper shelf. CLICK HERE to read my full review!

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London, 1853

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life,
or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
– David Copperfield

In the tiny back of the Golden Egg Inn, Mina Scott lowered her copy of David Copperfield to her lap and lifted her face to the October sun.

 

  A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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September 2018 – Month in Review & Giveaway

What books have you read during the month of September? I’ve had the pleasure of reading some wonderful stories this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in September. Be sure to enter the giveaway!

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

FinallyAccepted  Finally Accepted by Toni Shiloh

AWorthyRebel  A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund

MagnoliaSummer  Magnolia Summer by Melanie Dickerson

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

HiddenAmongTheStars Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

LadyOfAThousandTreasures Lady of A Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

HourUnspent_comp  An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

TheChristmasHerloom The Christmas Heirloom: Four Holiday Novellas

 

Author Interview:

PhotoFunia-1536761495  Lynn Austin

 

 

* * * * * GIVEAWAY * * * * *

I am giving away 1 (one) print copy of “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” Review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?  Or, what book(s) are you looking forward to reading in October?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner: Amanda G.

 

A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

Book 2 in Reader Favorite Michelle Griep’s Charming Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Series

Synopsis:

London, 1853: Innkeeper’s daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such deception?

My Thoughts:

This delightful story captured my heart! With irresistible characters, a fully immersable setting, and Michelle Gripe’s signature way with words, it all adds up to an unforgettable story that you are sure to need for your keeper shelf.

The Victorian era comes vividly to life in this charming Christmas story. An exciting, fast-paced story that kept me eagerly turning pages. I enjoyed the Dickens flair woven throughout the story. While this is the second book in the series, it is easily a stand-alone.

I especially appreciated the gentle reminders of faith woven into the story. A reminder of the importance of trusting God and waiting on Him, and finding joy in the unexpected. We are also reminded of the importance of extending forgiveness to others as well as ourselves.

I always know that I’m in for a special treat any time I pick up on of Michelle Griep’s books! I give this delightful story 5 starts and please trust me when I say that you must run out to the store today, and purchase a copy to enjoy! Get a copy for you and for a friend, while you are at it!

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

2754194 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?

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Pick up your copy:

  A Tale of Two Hearts (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #2)

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

 

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Recap December 2017

As we bid a fond farewell to December and welcome in January; Let us take a brief pause to take a look back at the book fun we enjoyed in December.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

IfNotForTheeIf Not For Thee

The House on Foster HillThe House on Foster Hill

CountMeInCount Me In

Whither Shall I GoWhither Shall I Go?

AWreathOfSnowA Wreath of Snow

MotherForHisFamily  A Mother for His Family

HisForgottenFianceeHis Forgotten Fiancee

AMatchOfSortsA Match of Sorts

WrappedInRedWrapped In Red

MHBinNiagraFallsNY  My Heart Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York

ALawmanForChristmas  A Lawman for Christmas

Author Interview:

MikalDawn  Mikal Dawn

Cover Reveals:

AmongstTheRosesAmongst the Roses

A+Tale+of+Two+Hearts+cover  A Tale of Two Hearts

I’d love to hear from you:

Did you have a favorite book from December? What book are you most looking forward to reading?

I will be unveiling a new site logo in January and offering a giveaway. Be sure to follow my blog so you don’t miss out!

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Cover Reveal – A Tale of Two Hearts by Michelle Griep

One of the many benefits of signing up for emails from some of your favorite authors is that you are among the first to hear about new books, and see the book covers!

This morning, I received an email from Michelle Griep (click here to see Michelle’s blog post), sharing the cover of  “A Tale of Two Hearts” the second book in her Once Upon A Dickens Christmas series.

The cover is beautiful! I’m so excited to read this newest story! I am pretty sure that my squeal of excitement was heard all the way to Minnesota (LOL)!

Click here to add A Tale of Two Hearts to your “want to read” list on Goodreads

Here is the blurb:

Innkeeper’s daughter MINA SCOTT will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for there’s nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real lady—and catch the eye of WILLIAM BARLOW, a frequent guest at the inn.

William is a gentleman’s son, a charming rogue but penniless. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heir—either him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression he’s married, which works until he’s invited to bring his wife for a visit.

William asks Mina to be his pretend bride, only until his uncle names an heir on Christmas Day. Mina is flattered and frustrated by the offer, for she wants a true relationship with William. Yet, she agrees. . .then wishes she hadn’t. So does William. Deceiving the old man breaks both their hearts. When the truth is finally discovered, more than just money is lost.

Can two hearts survive such a deception?

Stay tuned…coming out next September, 2018.

Here is the Cover:

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You can snag the first book “12 Days At Bleakly Manor” today!

 

12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

About the Author:

2754194 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?

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads