Friday, November 15, 2019

Review: Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep

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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:

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas is a Christmas collection of novellas from author Michelle Griep. Two have previously been published on their own, but in this collection those two plus a third are wrapped up in a lovely book collection. Inside and out. 

Focusing on the newest, The Old Lace Shop, we have a couple who once upon a time were in love and had dreams of each other till duty and responsibility separated them. Both have lost their spouses and both have had unhappy marriages. Bella’s was abusive and we see her grow to be an independent woman and to break out of the shell that her father, her husband, and society put her into.

I enjoyed seeing these two grow towards each other again when Bella stubbornly refuses to give up her share in the lace company that Edmund is the minority owner of. And Edward has some secrets he would like to keep private and hidden from the rest of the world. I think this one is my favorite of the three.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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