Title: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1)
Author: Michelle Griep
Genre: Christmas Story
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
About the book:
A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?
England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.
But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiance, Benjamin Lane.
Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar. 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.
An unusual Victorian Christmas story!
This book is filled with well developed and very strange characters. I love the two main ones, Clara and Ben. As we get to know them, as well as, the rest of the assorted house guests at Bleakly Manor a mystery starts to present itself.
Clara and Ben are the only two that know each other before arriving at the manor. It was interesting to see how their past affects their stay at the manor. Their interaction with each of the other house guests was very interesting. At times I wanted to tell some of them to just shut up.
This was a fun book to read and I’m looking forward to seeing what else the author comes up with for this series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.
I’m giving this wonderful story a rating of 5 stars and recommending it because it captured my attention right up until the very end.
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