12 Days at Bleakly Manor- Five Star Review


12 Days at Bleakly Manor12 Days at Bleakly Manor- Five Star Review

Once Upon a Dickens Christmas

Michelle Griep

A mysterious invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home may bring danger…and love?

Book Blurb:

England, 1851: When Clara Chapman receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet feels compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of five hundred pounds.

But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, 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, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters.

My Thoughts:

I found 12 Days at Bleakly Manor when I went to my local library to check out a different book. I can say that I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. The first thing that caught my eye was the Christmassy cover and the “made to look old” cut of the actual pages. 12 days at Bleakly Manor is a mystery with interesting twists and eccentric characters.

“A nightmare stared back at her, a ghost from the past who never—ever—should have risen from the grave. For a moment she froze, gaping, then she shouldered past the other guests and slapped him open-palmed across the face.”

I nearly laughed out loud at this particular scene. There has been a grave misunderstanding between the two main characters and this is our first introduction to the two of them together. I’m a fan of CLUE and this book reminds me of the movie and the game in many ways. It’s obviously supposed to have some connection to Charles Dicken’s Bleak House, but since I’ve never read it I cannot tell you how it compares.

“What would happen next? Nothing good, Considering the way the lifeless lion eyes burned down from its perch on the wall.”

It was more fun, than scary, although I did have trouble getting to sleep after reading. I kept feeling like someone was watching me. I also stayed up until 1:30 in the morning because I had to finish this delightful story. This is a story of second chances, of love and forgiveness. I recommend this to anyone who loves a light mystery, as it holds no gore or frightening deaths. It also holds a sweet love story, which I enjoyed as much as the mystery itself.

“I will trust you, Benjamin Lane. But please…” Each word cost in ways that she’d pay for eternity if he failed her in this, “Don’t break my heart again.”

Michelle GriepBiography

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write–except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.






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