Tuesday, August 29, 2017

12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon a Dickens Christmas #1) by Michelle Griep

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 fiancĂ©, 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.

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 a cozy blanket with my girls.  :)

Yes, this book is set during Christmas but don't let that stop you from reading it at any time of the year.  I loved that as a reader, I didn't have a clue as to what was going on.  I was right there with the characters, wondering and trying to figure things out.  It made me feel like I was a part of the book in some way.

This was such a fun story!  I can't wait for the next one!

Content:  mild violence, kissing

- I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  All opinions expressed are my own.

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