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.