Another win for Michelle Griep readers! Especially if they enjoy nostalgic Christmas tales. Once Upon A Dickens Christmas is a wonderful collection of three old-time England Christmas stories with enough charm to warm your heart and home this coming season. 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, A Tale of Two Hearts, and The Old Lace Shop.
I’m a reader who can read Christmas stories year round. I love the holidays and the messages the season carries. With themes of love, faith, forgiveness, and redemption, these stories check off all the boxes.
Though it’s rather difficult to choose, 12 Days at Bleakly Manor is perhaps my favorite of the three. It has an exciting, suspenseful, classic feel to it. Clara and Ben are easy to connect with, and the fun names and personalities of the secondary characters (e.g. Mr. Minnow, Mr. Pocket, Miss Scurry, Mademoiselle Pretents, Mr. Tallgrass, and more) add so much charm to this story. It’s pretty exciting that Charles Dickens himself makes a brief appearance.
As with all of Ms. Griep’s books, this one contains clean, feel-good stories that will surely entertain you.
Quotes from the book:
“If you knew all the answers, there’d be no need for trust, little one.”
“Maybe, perhaps, true meaning in life had nothing to do with outward trappings but with inward genuineness.”
“Either your faith will move mountains, or your doubt will create them.”
My thoughts on the cover: A simple, yet truly Dickensian and Victorian atmosphere to the cover.
My thoughts on the title: Fitting and memorable.
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Shiloh Run Press
Series: Once Upon a Dickens Christmas Book 1, 2, & 3
First line: Christmas or not, there was nothing merry about the twisted alleys of Holywell.
Source: I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are completely my own.