Book 2 in Reader Favorite Michelle Grieps Charming Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Series
London, 1853: Innkeepers daughter Mina Scott will do anything to escape the drudgery of her life, for theres nothing more mundane than serving customers day after day. Every minute she can, she reads and dreams of someday becoming a real ladyand catch the eye of William Barlow, a frequent guest at the inn.
William is a gentlemans son, a charming but penniless rogue. However, his bachelor uncle will soon name an heireither him or his scheming cousin. In an effort to secure the inheritance, William gives his uncle the impression hes married, which works until hes 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 hadnt. 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?