of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
CynthiaPattersonville NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Touch of Victorian ChristmasDecember 3, 2019CynthiaPattersonville NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not one or two, but three great Christmas stories in Once Upon A Dickens Christmas by Michelle Griep. Good holiday read on a snowy winter's day and a glimpse of a Dickens time period. I also liked the actual book with print easy to read, even though it is three stories. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Pam Mooney5 Stars Out Of 5Once Upon A Dickens CHristmasDecember 1, 2019Pam MooneyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this author! I want a second chance coin - such a lovely concept to weave through the three delightful stories. I enjoyed the other Dickens' references as well. The window into Victorian life was so true to history and including a Christmas/Christian theme. Each of the stories are unique and equally charming with eccentric characters and breathtaking descriptions of places that immediately captivate. I think it is awesome that her stories have brought Dickens back to me as well as inspired others to reread his classic tales - or read for the first time. Quite a feat in this modern age. I liked the cover and feel of the paperback book too - absolutely a book to keep and re-read. Also a great gift to celebrate the holiday. A good read.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Delightful clean reading Christmas fictionNovember 30, 2019Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Once Upon a Dickens Christmas
By Michelle Griep
This book is actually a 3-in-1 book that includes the following stories: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, A Tale of Two Hearts, and The Old Lace Shop. These stories are each complete in themselves but there is a link between them. First, they are set in the time when Charles Dickens's works were new and popular. Second, there is a character who is secondary in nature who is in two stories. Third, there is a second chance coin that in all three stories and it passes through several hands as the stories progress.
Now to the individual stories themselves.
12 Days at Bleakly Manor finds Clara Chapman presented with an opportunity - the chance to obtain 500 pounds. Meanwhile, Ben Lane is presented with the chance to gain his freedom from the prison that has been his home these last 9 months. Both believe the other guilty of betrayal on the day that they were to wed when they are brought together at Bleakly Manor. They are not the only ones promised a long wanted desire. But to obtain it there are a few rules - only those who can last all twelve days will gain the promise. And staying is not going to be easy as it seems someone wants to be sure all others are out of the way.
A Tale of Two Hearts finds William Barlow in need of a wife. Will needs a wife to prove to his Uncle Barlow that he is a changed man and worthy of being named his heir. But Will's cousin Percy is also in the running to be named heir. With the help of Mina Scott, Will hopes to convince his uncle that he is married. But when the expected announcement is pushed off to a later date Mina's heart is in danger as she and Will have to play their role longer as they seek to save Uncle Barlow from a scheme that will see his life ruined. Can something more come out of this deception?
The Old Lace Shop finds Bella White determined to be a woman of independence - she never wants to be under the cruel thumb of another man. With her husband's death, she is free to pursue the life she wants and she is going to assume his majority partnership in the Nottingham Lace and Hose. What she never expected was that she would become a business partner with Edmund Archer the man who broke her heart and left her behind. Can this business partnership be a second chance at love or will it be the ruination of all Bella's plans?
These are enjoyable reads and those who prefer clean, gentle reads will love these three Christmas tales. It is interesting finding all the little Dickens tidbits scattered throughout the stories. Overall the book is 440 pages but is the total number for all 3 stories so each is approximately 130 to 160 pages long - perfect for a long afternoon of reading and enjoying tea. Each has historical notes at the end of the story to explain just what certain things were in relation to the historical period in which the story takes place.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own
Johnnie Lu StephensAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Three Tales Perfect for ChristmasNovember 29, 2019Johnnie Lu StephensAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was eager to read these stories from one of my favorite authors and, as usual, she did not disappoint. Mr. Dickens himself makes cameo appearances. Each story is set in 1850's London, and the author uses her love of history to not only write fascinating tales but teach the reader what she has learned of everyday life in that era. She also made sure all her main characters rely on their faith in God to survive their circumstances.
In "12 Days at Bleakly Manor" Clara is in dire straits since being rejected by both her father and fiance. So she accepted a mysterious invitation to spend twelve nights at Bleakly Manor in order to receive a much needed 500 pounds. Ben was released from prison with the same invitation, along with an odd assortment of others.
In "A Tale of Two Hearts" Mina is a server at her father's inn. One of her regular customers asks her to pretend to be his wife in order to appear worthy to inherit his uncle's estate over his conniving cousin and his wife.
In "The Old Lace Shop", Bella sells all of her recently deceased husband's assets but one, a lace factory. She decides to become a businesswoman, which is unheard of at that time and place. When she arrives at the factory to assume her duties she discovers her partner is her former fiance.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Academy2525 Stars Out Of 5A Delightful Christmas Collection!November 24, 2019Academy252Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5These stories are delightfully Dickensian themed stories set in Victorian England. They are very engaging stories full of mystery, adventure and sweet romances. They are perfect for cozy Christmas reading perhaps in front of a fire. Each novel is somewhere in the neighborhood of 175 to 200 pages. They will fill you with Christmas spirit.
All the books are a lovely good quality paperback format. The first novel in the series and the trilogy collection both come with deckled edges. I love the look of these books. They have beautiful covers and a bonus seasonal look from the spines while sitting on your shelves.
If you love Christian fiction, Christmas stories and Dickens this is a total win for you!