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12 Days at Bleakly Manor
by Michelle Griep
From the back cover:
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 fiancé, 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.
Pour a cup of tea and settle in for Book 1 of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series–a page-turning Victorian-era holiday tale–by Michelle Griep, a reader and critic favorite.
About the author:
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of historical romances: The Captured Bride, The Innkeeper’s Daughter, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, The Captive Heart, Brentwood’s Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Gallimore, but also leaped the historical fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com.
If you received a strange invitation which promised to solve your greatest problem if you would simply attend, would you go?
What begins with a strange invitation only gets more bizarre as it goes. Quirky characters and intrigue make 12 Days at Bleakly Manor a unique tale.
I loved that, as the start of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series, the story has a similar feel to that of Charles Dickens’s stories. It’s not simply another heartwarming romance set during the holidays. It is heartwarming, and it is a romance, but in an unusually creative way.
If you’re looking for something different this Christmas, check out 12 Days at Bleakly Manor. It’s a fairly quick read sure to tickle your Dickens-loving heart!
(I received a complimentary copy of this book. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)