Once Upon a Dickens Christmas, by Michelle Griep (Shiloh Run Press, 2019)
Three Christmas novellas set in 1850’s England, each with a cameo appearance from Charles Dickens, and each featuring a “second chance” coin—and a second chance at love.
The titles are nods to Mr. Dickens as well: 12 Days at Bleakly Manor, A Tale of Two Hearts, and The Old Lace Shop.
Once Upon a Dickens Christmas will charm readers who enjoy period historicals with quiet faith and feel-good endings. Each novella has a degree of suspense, but these aren’t stories that will keep readers up worrying what will happen next. They’re gentle, relaxing reads with winsome characters and some delightful turns of phrase.
Some of my favourites:
It was the kind of late January day that crawled under the best of woollen capes and took up residence in the bones. [Kindle location 1797]
He wore his wrinkles like a garment, the deep creases on his face in sore need of a good ironing. [Kindle location 2338]
Either your faith will move mountains, or your doubt will create them. [Kindle location 4901]
The three novellas are available individually as well as in this collection. For more about Christy award-winning author Michelle Griep and her other books, visit michellegriep.com.
[Review copy provided by the publisher through #NetGalley.]