When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend for if she remains the duration of the twelve day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds That s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune But is she walking into daWhen CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend for if she remains the duration of the twelve day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds That s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune But is she walking into danger It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests her former fianc , 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 for the Twelve Days of Christmas, 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.
Days at Bleakly Manor When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home she is hesitant yet compelled to attend for if she remains the duration of the twelve day celebration
Christmas 1850 LondonTHE BEGINNINGAfter being left at the altar by the man she loves, and being stripped of her family fortune, Clara Chapman accepts a mysterious invitation to receive a much needed 1000 IF she agrees to stay at an English Manor for a period of twelve days.After her arrival, Clara meets a variety of unusual cohorts, each with their own personalized promise of compensation.cluding her former fianc E MIDDLEThere is a bit of mysterya touch of romance, and some very quirky character [...]
The 2017 Christmas book ARCs are coming out, and I m not mad about it at all This book is Downton Abbey Clue Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None I very much enjoyed the mystery and the huge manor at Christmas time in the Victorian days An atmospheric story full of romance and intrigue.I did feel that there are a few loose ends that I would have liked to see tied up I have some questions that were left unanswered A pet peeve of mine I will definitely be reading of this series to see where [...]
Ok, I LOVE Bleak House by Charles Dickens, as well as, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie and I LOVED how Michelle Griep combined the two of these together I loved the ending of the book and how everything came together and the hows and whys of it all So much fun If you ve read either of the above books that I mentioned then you will have fun reading this book and seeing the similarities If you haven t read either of those books, grab them now or snatch this one up and it will have you [...]
This story is packed to the gills with an excellent atmosphere of old country house and Golden Age mystery The story has plenty of action guests are invited to Bleakly Manor to stay the twelve days of Christmas in exchange for a prize Clara, impoverished by an embezzlement, need the promised 500 pounds Ben, imprisoned unjustly for the embezzlement, is offered freedom These two are the POV characters among the guests in the mysterious country house that seems to have no master.There s even a slig [...]
Love Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None Adore Charles Dickens Bleak House Then 12 Days at Bleakly Manor is the book for you
With a writing style reminiscent of Charles Dickens and Agatha Christie, Michelle Griep sets up quite the atmospheric novel I enjoyed getting to know the characters over a 12 day time period, the 12 Days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor A tale that kept me reading as I was so intrigued to read the twists and turns taking place I never knew what to expect til the end This well developed plot and characters where enjoyable to read about in this mystery Looking forward to reading book 2 in the Once Up [...]
I was in the mood for a fun Christmassy book and this hit the note I was looking for an historical romance with a dash of mystery Two wronged lovers, both believing the other guilty of cruel betrayal are invited to Bleakley Manor along with six other misfits All have been invited because of a mysterious letter and promised their heart s desire if they stay the twelve days But their host remains hidden, the food is patchy and someone seems intent on murder One by one the guests leave Who will win [...]
Clara Chapman s life has taken a bad turn Her fiance left her waiting at the altar a year before, after supposedly stealing her family s money Funds are running out She will be left destitute soon As Christmas approaches, Clara does not know what might become of her and her sickly aunt Then, on Christmas Eve, an unexpected visitor comes to the door He hands her an invitation to Bleakly Manor If she can stay at the manor through the entire 12 days of the Christmas season, she will receive 500 pou [...]
Wow, what a refreshingly unique tale of mystery and romance set over the holidays in 1850 s, England I enjoyed following this group of colorful characters through the Twelve Days of Christmas in the manor house, each with their own motivation for being there A bit of other classic tales cleverly mixed in gave it an authentic flavor one slice Dickens, Christie and a bit of Dumas Lyrical, descriptive writing, with quotable lines added to the reading pleasure, plus some action A choice between seek [...]
I didn t quite know what to expect when I started this book, which is always fun because I start out with an open mind and enjoy the surprises on my reading journey Clara and Ben and the other characters that are invited to Bleakly Manor don t know what to expect either which enhanced the mysteriousness of the event and the secret benefactor While Clara and Ben s reunion is a bit rocky, I loved seeing them reconcile and reignite their love, while the rest of the plot turns into a cozy mystery wi [...]
Some choice Remain in a room of vipers or search for a rodent 12 Days at Bleakly Manor September 2017, Shiloh Run Press , first in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series byMichelle Griep, is a Christian historical romantic mystery It opens in London on December 24, 1850, which puts it in the Victorian Era The novel is a standalone with no cliffhangers I wanted to read this book because I absolutely loved both titles I previously read by Griep See my reviews for Brentwood s Ward and The Captive [...]
My thanks to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.This book wasn t quite a good fit for me I loathe Charles Dicken s writing, so I have no idea how the characters and story line of this book tie in with anything of his Which wasn t a bad thing, per say, but connections between this and his writing completely went over my head This book also went by INCREDIBLY quickly, to the point where I felt the character development and plot line suffered And [...]
Prepare yourself to be highly entertained by this delightful book 12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep is the first book in the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series Ms Griep fills her story with danger and mystery, leaving the reader guessing as to what will happen next 12 Days at Bleakly Manor is a mix of Charles Dickens s Bleak House , Agatha Christie s And Then There Were None , and pure genius I love BBC s version of Bleak House , so I was excited to pick this book up I ve never read A [...]
I ve had the pleasure of reading some unique Christmas reads this year, and 12 Days at Bleakly Manor is no exception This story is a fun mystery, full of an intriguing cast of secondary characters and endearing leads I wasn t expecting the slightly spooky feeling to the plot, and I thought the way everything is revealed later, and the connection to Charles Dickens, to be a great way to tie it all together My favorite part of the story was wondering what was going to happen to the rag tag bunch o [...]
Right off the bat or rather, the balustrade, I give this book five ten twenty stars Can I do that I m calling it 35 stars Why Because I m giving these stars dog years Seven times five Okay, so why am I piling on the praise for 12 Days at Bleakly Manor Well, the first star toward I loved it came with a fun plot device a multi layered plot that made you recognize characters that could have inspired beloved Dickens characters such as Miss Flite and her flock of birds from Bleak House, Mr Smallweed, [...]
I know it s not the Christmas season, but this book sure put me in the mind for it I love the cover for this book and I m so excited to see that this is the beginning of a new series from Michelle Griep She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.This book had a bit of everything It s a cozy mystery with romance and a dash of danger I loved how the characters came alive for me jumping out from the pages like a movie in my head This book should be a movie I m envisioning hot chocolate and [...]
What an intriguing book I love the premise and it did deliver.Clara and Ben have some major misunderstandings to work through but once the truth is revealed all will be good, right The cast of characters are rich in personality Michelle did a wonderful job of giving everyone their own voice.This will begin to get you in the Christmas frame of mine a bit early, but it s never too early for Christmas is it A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley All opinions are my own.
What a fun book I loved this book, can t wait for the next one in the series to come out.
Thank you to NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, Inc Shiloh Run Press for allowing me to read this digital book galley.I truly enjoyed this well plotted mystery novel filled with well developed characters Six people receive an invitation to spend the Twelve Days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor, beginning on December 25, 1850 and ending at midnight on January 5, 1851 Each is promised something that they desperately want or need will be their reward for spending the season there Once they arrive at Bl [...]
This book was my introduction to Michelle Griep s writing and, wow, it was a fun ride This book combines a little history, plenty of mystery and intrigue, and a heapful of romance to draw the reader in from page one The writing is easy to follow and the book is very well written The plot is engaging and there are many twists and turns in the storyline that the reader is kept guessing until the very end of the book The premise of the book reminded me of the board game Clueor Agatha Christie s And [...]
Great concept and multiple character stories as we watch the twelve days of Christmas unfold Great start to this series has me anticipating 2Enjoyed my read in the audio download version from my library.
This book is fun, quirky, and not at all what I expected Yes, the book is set during Christmas and the days following, but it really isn t a story about the holiday Instead, Michelle Griep explores relationships and how we perceive people, both those long acquainted but separated for a time, and those who are strangers until thrust into unusual circumstances together There s a mysterious air owing to the absent host, who makes many demands of his guests while not even present to enjoy the specta [...]
Clara Chapman has fallen from high society, a woman about to be married to a poor girl taking care of her invalid aunt When an odd invitation comes, inviting her to spend the 12 Days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor in exchange for a goodly sum, Clara decides to accept the offer However, things are not as they seem at the old,odd mansion Other guests show up in hopes of a reward and the host is conspicuously absent.Griep toys with the reader s mind as each guest is presented and well drawn with bot [...]
This one is so good How lucky am I to get an ARC Thank you, Michelle and Barbour Publishing It gripped me from the first chapter What happens when the person you loved and thought you knew turns out to be your biggest traitor And then you come face to face with them and not everything as it seems to be I loved the backstory between Clara and Ben There was so much hurt but also so much love And so many twists in this story And there s even a little cameo appearance by Charles Dickens How cool is [...]
Title 12 Days at Bleakly Manor Bleakly ManorAuthor Michelle GriepPublisher Barbour Publishing, Inc.Series Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Reviewed By Arlena DeanRating FourReview 12 Day at Bleakly Manor by Michelle GriepMy ThoughtsThis was quite a interesting story of Christian historical romance and mystery during 1850 s holidays in England I liked how this author brings to the readers some really intriguing characters during the 12 Days at Bleakly Manor that had a particular reason for [...]
When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend for if she remains the duration of the twelve day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds That s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune But is she walking into danger It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests her former fianc , BENJAMIN LANE.Impris [...]
This was unlike any book I ve read Well, almost In parts, it made me think of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin A group of people have been summoned to Bleakly Manor, each promised a gift that is, if they can endure the twelve days Intrigue and mystery weaves through the days of their stay.This novella had a very quaint and old fashioned appeal to it The description was lovely and detailed it lent so much to the feel of the story In another setting, I might have found the description drag the sto [...]
This was quite a charming novel, set during the twelve days of Christmas in 1850 Our main protagonist, Clara, has fallen on hard times after being left at the altar nine months before, and now has to live with her ailing aunt, who is kind and loving, but dying When she receives an invitation to spend the twelve days of Christmas at Bleakly Manor in exchange for 500 pounds, she hesitates to leave her aunt, even thought that sum of money would help her take care of herself after her aunt passes He [...]
What fate awaits a cast of seven eccentric characters who heed the missive of a single gold embossed envelop inviting them to spend 12 days at Bleakly Manor That s what the reader will find out in this cleverly written mystery Only one will receive the prize promised within the letter and each are determined to stay Even when mishaps begin to happen Mystery, mayhem, a manor full of secrets and a missing host mash up in this page turner Unique and eccentric characters, vividly told scenery so rea [...]
I felt like I stepped back in time The manor sounded grand, but a bit bizarre at the same time What a combination of characters to have at a holiday gathering Each person had such an interesting reason to be at the manor I truly expected the servants to slowly disappear one by one and have the guests fix their own meals This book was a book I had a hard time setting down I was hoping there was a way for all to get their hearts desire But only one can win the grand prize I liked the concept of th [...]