Review: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor: Book 1 in Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, by Michelle Griep. Barbour Publishing, Inc. Shiloh Run Press.

This book, set in England, 1851, had me guessing from the start. We are introduced to Clara Chapman and then to Ben, living under vastly different circumstances. Each receives a mysterious invitation to a 12-day house party at an unknown manor house, with a promise of meaningful reward at the end of their stay. Just who Clara and Ben are is the first of many questions that arise. As I kept reading to find out what would happen next, more quirky characters made their appearance.


This book moves at a brisk pace and kept me reading and entertained from beginning to end. I enjoyed the experience, and apparently this is the first in a series of stories with a Dickens Christmas theme. I am intrigued, and left wanting to find out what happens next.


My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and review.

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